Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My Regency Dress

Last week I was able to finish my Regency gown. I am having a little trouble closing it up in the back, but that should be solved by adding just a few more hooks-and-eyes. It's so much fun to wear; I wore it to Miranda's graduation party on Saturday and all day at home on Monday. I love it!

This is the pattern I used: Simplicty, 4055.

Here are some pictures of me in the dress:

Front View:

Back View:
(see how it gapes a teeny in the back?)

Look! I'm Elinor Dashwood! Or perhaps I am Catherine Morland, daydreaming about breathtaking adventures in ancient castles...

Right now I am working on sewing some jumpers for some special little girls that I am going to visit next week. :-)
After I come home, I plan on making a white regency gown out of the same pattern as the dress above (I already have the fabric-- it's beautiful!! :-D ) And I plan on trying this authentic vintage pattern which I ordered off of Best Vintage Patterns.

I am also willing to make a Regency gown for anyone (local) who is willing to pay for fabric, notions, and labor. :-)


Ana said...

Oh Melanie!!! Gorgeous!!! I love it and the color!!! You look just like an Elinor Dashwood or Catherine Morland! What fun it must be to wear!

Anonymous said...

I just got fabric for my 1909 Edwardian dress, and I can't wait to start sewing!
Hannah (and Esther)

Abbie Sikma said...

Do you do alot of sewing? I've done some basic stuff such as culottes for my little sisters, a couple jumpers with the help of my mom, and a couple skirts for myself.

Anonymous said...

It is really pretty! I like the color. And that white dress you are planning to make sounds really pretty. :)

Melanie said...

Abbie, yes, recently I have picked up a great interest in sewing, particularly historical costumes, and it's kept me pretty busy. I enjoy it a lot! :-)

Pure Little Ladies Ministry said...

Whoohooo, lookit there! It's BEAUTIFUL!!! I LOVE it!! I'm going to have to look that pattern up...even though I still haven't even finished the nightgown I'm working on... =P

Oh, and would you mind asking Bethy to call me?? I think I've already called your house twice today and I don't want to look like I'm bugging ya'll, but I do need to talk to her about Monday/Wednesday (or just have her e-mail me) Thanks!!


Teddy said...

Very cool, it looks like it'd be fun to wear!

Leah said...

Well done!! I am right there with you dreaming of adventures in ancient castles!! It is a very beautiful color of blue. I also ADORE that old pattern that you have at the end.

I'm working on that e-mail! :)