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« on: July 03, 2011 04:05:48 PM »

For a long time I've been interested in the Regency costume period.  I used to think I couldn't have a Regency gown because they all had puffy sleeves but recently I've found several references to non-puffy sleeves, where the fullness is at the back of the shoulder.  I have very broad shoulders so I need to watch out for adding fullness there.  I found this pattern I like:  http://sensibility.com/patterns/the-elegant-ladys-closet/  and I'm tempted to "cheat" and buy it instead of drafting my own.  Of course before I make a Regency gown I need to make a set of underthings - chemise, short stays, and petticoat.  Again tempted to cheat and buy the Sense and Sensibility patterns.  Has anyone here used Sense and Sensibility patterns and do you think they are a good value?  Other costumers - what would you do - draft your own patterns, or "cheat"?   Huh
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011 08:35:23 AM »

Ok, I have decided to draft my own dress pattern, since the gowns are so perfectly fitted to the body one has to modify a bought pattern a great deal anyway.  So I am gathering free patterns from the internets to enlarge and develop into a toile (muslin mockup).

Here are a couple I've found - seems like there should be more since this is such a popular period for recreations:  

http://www.janeausten.co.uk/magazine/page.ihtml?pid=713&step=4

http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/pattern.gif


Sense and Sensibility Patterns http://sensibility.com/category/patterns/regency-era/  has a lot of excellent information and tips.  
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2011 03:50:17 PM »

Slight progress - I've patterned my short stays and started sewing a set (or "pair," whatever they are called), based somewhat on these transitional stays:  http://kirvin.blogg.se/images/2009/1795-1810ca_lightly-boned-transitional-stay-made-in-amer-cotton-baleen-boning-center-front-lacing-kentsm_57086995.jpg

Here is the basis of the fronts onto which I'm sewing channels for boning.  Boning will be zip-ties.



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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2011 04:13:27 PM »

Ambitious.

I love how some of these dresses appear as though they are falling off in the back, kwim? They are fitted so precisely but it looks like the shoulders are falling down, it's an interesting look.
That bodice you linked to has me laughing a bit at the super boned tight laced body piece with the loose gathered breast cups, lol! What a contradition! Much more comfortable than the other sort that is tight all around.
Love to see everything as you go along. Whatever will you do with it all, do you have fun occasions or events to wear this sort of thing to? I imagine that would be such a lot of fun.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011 04:40:35 PM »

I wish there were a Jane Austen group or Regency society or something near me, but I haven't found one yet.  Otherwise I guess I'm hoping to play around with the style and possibly arrive at something I can wear "to town."  Lots of historical costuming ladies apparently wear their Regency dresses as every day clothes because they are so comfortable.  Certainly compared to Victorian they must be.  Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011 05:44:45 PM »

ooh! smart to use zip ties!
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2011 03:51:40 PM »

Stays progress- bones and cups sewn into the basis:

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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2011 04:00:19 PM »

I want to see it ON! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2011 04:07:50 PM »

When it's finished!   Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2011 10:15:01 AM »

Wow.  Stays are looking good!! I've been putting off making a Regency outfit for ages, due to being very confused by stays patterns!!  If I remember correctly some of the regency kit I have seen had a linen under shift and then a silk slip dress over the corset instead of a petticoat, which made the top half of the dress slightly less see through as well as the skirt bit Smiley  Looking forward to seeing your finished outfit.
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