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« on: September 21, 2009 02:48:49 PM »


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 Sad). 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 Smiley

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 Cheesy

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! Cheesy


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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2009 03:06:35 PM »

This is gorgeous. <3 It must have taken forever!
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2009 03:08:06 PM »

Fabulous for a first try - and the event looked incredible (I live close enough for it to be on the local news Wink)

And how could anything be complete without that line of cat hair mid calf?

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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2009 03:30:05 PM »

Lovely - I love the colour. I spent my birthday in Bath two years ago - had a lovely visit and had tea in the museum.

« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2009 05:48:42 PM »

Oh, it looks really great. Your dye job is dead on as well, I wouldn't have known had you not said something. I'm interested in seeing pictures of said event, is there a site that you can link me to?

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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2009 08:12:57 AM »

This is so pretty! I think you did a marvelous job, and the fit looks perfect.

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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2009 01:16:34 PM »

It's very sweet!  I don't think it's too short for a walking dress.


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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2009 08:20:51 PM »

I LOVE it! The colors are just--wow! And the craftsman ship looks awesome too. I love the little touches like the gloves and the shawl--they really complete the look.

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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2009 07:06:17 AM »

Very nice! I wish there were events like that in my area, sounds like you had lots of fun!
I like the shoes too, they're perfect Smiley
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2009 03:08:11 PM »

Thank you all for your lovely comments, they are much appreciated. I tend to make things these days with Craftster in mind, and it makes me try to do a really good job cos there's some amazing stuff on here and I want to be at the same level one day Smiley

desm88 Well, there's always the option of organising one yourself! Wink The shoes were a last minute buy at 3 from a charity shop when I'd been looking for the exact same thing for about a month before. Cos they were secondhand they were nicely worn in and I didn't get too many blisters lol.

embercostumer I am in love with the colours too, the ribbon was kind of a last minute thing but I think it really 'makes' the outfit. It was either go with a strong colour or do the white-muslin-or-little-spriggy-flower-pattern-thing and I'm not really a spriggy flower kinda gal, and white makes me look jaundiced Cheesy The gloves and shawl were part of the requirements for the World Record attempt but I agree, they really finish it off nicely.

kcfirecracker I was so pleased with how the colour on the bonnet came out. It's practically the same colour! There's not an official photo gallery yet as far as I know but there's loads of pics up on Flickr... from this year and last. Some great dresses in those pics!

I'm going to try and make a bit of a posher frock for next year, after all I do have the best part of 12 months to plan it now Smiley

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