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« on: December 20, 2010 10:18:07 AM »

Through my public library, I attended a 12-session (6 month) lecture series on Jane Austen.  Each month featured a different book, so we read all 6 books, like a Jane Austen Book Club.  In December we had what the library is hoping to be the first of an annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea and guests were encouraged to come in period attire.  So I made plans to construct a dress over Thanksgiving Break.

Pattern: Simplicity 4055

I like the top of one view and the bottom of the other, put a zipper in rather than buttons.

I used a cotton print from the quilting section of the fabric store.

Disappointed that more women didn't dress up!  (There were probably 200 in attendance and this is all who dressed up.)

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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2010 11:56:59 AM »

You all look wonderful in your Jane Austen period outfits!
(Too bad not everyone was creative, but hey, perhaps next year they could place some orders with you...)
Your dress and shawl are wonderful!

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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2010 12:01:53 PM »

Pretty. I'd wear it without the sash all year long. I love that kind of dress.  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2010 01:19:51 PM »

It's very pretty!  Hopefully, as the event goes on and gets more popular, more people will dress up.  Maybe some people were unsure if they'd be the only ones dressed and decided against it.
And I agree with Craftewoman, I'd wear that all spring and summer (wouldn't dare wear it in the winter around here to cold for dresses!)


« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2011 05:43:42 PM »

Beautiful dress! Love the choice of fabric too. 

I would love a dress up buddy, but I don't know anyone that cool.  Way to go for it!  You look awesome!
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2011 09:03:20 AM »

lovely! Regency dresses are just so much fun. I adore the fabric you used, too. Perfect.

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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011 06:50:49 PM »

Very lovely! I aodre it! Was it hard to make? I have on my brain to make one just for the heck of it...

« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2011 07:24:01 AM »

LA- The pattern called for buttons, and I can't sew button holes, so I switched it to a zipper.  Adjusting for that was really the only complicated part I remember.
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