Thought I'd share the Regency style frock I made for the Jane Austen Festival Grand Regency Promenade which took place on Saturday 19th September. We were aiming to break the world record for the most people in Regency costumes in one place, and I believe we managed it with the huge number of 409 people!
This is only about the third or fourth item of clothing that I've made from scratch and I am unbelievably chuffed at how it turned out (apart from the fact I cut it too short - I'm 5'10" so was supposed to add a few inches but cut the fabric before I remembered
). The pattern was really simple and easy to follow (from www.sensibility.com
, if I can do it, anyone can do it! It went together really quickly too, even though I was making myself go slow on purpose so as not to ruin it, it only took me about a week and a half of an-hour-an-evening to get it done
Anyway, on to the pics!
Obligatory cat-gets-involved-with-crafts pic, in this case she's spreading ginger cat hairs around the hem of my dress
I'll need to make some Regency style underpinnings if I'm going to wear this again, a modern bra just doesn't cut it
The gorgeous back
Close up on the back of the dress - an extra button on the placket just to be on the safe side
On the day, posing at the Royal Crescent in Bath
I bought the bonnet off eBay, dyed it to match the dress and stuck the ribbon on. Maybe I'll make my own bonnet for next year!
It was a very comfortable dress to wear and I'm actually quite glad it was a teensy bit too short because I fall over my own feet half the time, never mind a big flowing frock!