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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2011 10:57:49 AM »

Thanks!  Yes, I need to make a chemise to go under my stays.  My test version will probably be muslin or sheeting but the "real one" will be handkerchief linen.  Then either a bodiced petticoat or a chemisette to go over the stays.  Then I can make my gown!  Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2011 12:04:24 PM »

LOL, when the "underwear" of an outfit takes so long to make, the garment itself can seem a bit intimidating. Eventually...
Looking forward to the end result!
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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2011 04:59:07 PM »

I'm having a tough time deciding on what exact style gown to make (what year) though I'm leaning heavily toward the Pre-Regency or Empire/Directoire period, when sleeves where less puffy and dresses were more drapey.  Maybe about year 1805, for which I have a pattern in a book.   Huh 

Currently sewing tiny binding on my stays, then I have to put in eyelets....
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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2011 11:07:59 AM »

I think I'd go down that time period too.  Not a massive fan of the puffy sleeves.  I am tempted to just have straight long sleeves for mine (when I eventually start on it), and try and avoid the puffyness all together.  There are some quite nice examples on the V&A website where the sleeves are a lot flatter if you were looking for more inspiration Smiley  We have the regency parade in Bath next month, so looking forward to seeing all the lovely outfits!  I just discovered that I do infact own a Sense & Sensibility pattern for a regency gown.  Although I haven't used it, it does seem to come with lots of information and instructions on how to put the pattern together Smiley

Eurgh.  Do not envy the eyelet hole sewing.  I had to sew 36 on my last costume.  Bad times!
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« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2011 05:39:31 PM »

Whew!  I only have to do 16!  Tongue
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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2011 12:12:28 PM »

Here they are, my first try at stays (or corsetry of any kind  Shocked)Blouse standing in for chemise:




All hand sewn.  Not perfect by any means.  They are slightly too large, the strap is too far back at the armpit, the front comes up too far, the armpits are too tight.  So I could do to improve the pattern and make another pair.  But this was a fun learning experience.  Cheesy


This shows the silhouette a bit better:


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« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2011 12:18:33 PM »

It's so interesting looking! I can see where you want to tweak the pattern but it looks great already.
Is it... comfortable?
Can you believe the things women used to get dressed in every single day, winter and summer? Whew, makes me hot just thinking about it!
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« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2011 12:29:34 PM »

Thanks!  They're actually pretty comfortable.  I would feel fine if they were tighter, they make me stand nice and straight.  Smiley The only really uncomfortable part is the straps, which feel like they're falling off my shoulders and digging into my armpits.  If I can fix those problems, they will be at least as comfortable as any of my current bras, I think.
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« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2011 06:43:56 AM »

I repatterned my stays but will probably hold off making a new set for awhile.  I'm currently sewing my test chemise and patterning my gown bodice.  I hope to have something to show in a couple days.  I'm a bit insecure about patterning the sleeves.... Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2011 05:49:40 PM »

Muslin rough chemise-in-progress and muslin rough gown bodice.  Chemise needs to be cut down quite a bit in front.  A couple minor changes are needed to the bodice but I think I'm just about ready to move on to a whole test dress:







Bodice is a "drop-front" aka "bib-front" "apron-front" style so I can get into it by myself.  Tongue

Here's my primary reference, except I'm doing gathers instead of darts:  http://www.vintagetextile.com/new_page_736.htm

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