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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Two Regency Dresses

This is Rebecca! She and her mum hired me to make Regency dresses for the Vintage Ball. I am very, very, very happy with how both of them turned out!
Becca's dress is loosely patterend of the Simplicity version of the Sense and Sensibility gown pattern. She picked out the ideal cotton print, which looks perfect on her! I modified the sleeves to be elbow-legnth, and used a false-button closure on the back. I trimmed it with white ribbon and little seed pearls around the neckline.

Below is unfortunately the only good picture I have of Mrs. B. in her dress. Again, I modified the S&S pattern, although this time I made it a drop-front gown. It crosses over underneath and closes with hooks and eyes, and then the "apron-front" part attatches with thread loops to some vintage wooden buttons I had in my stash. I'm quite pleased with it!

Monday, January 17, 2011

An 1874 Mourning Gown

I made my first bustle gown for the Vintage Ball this year. Above are the images I used for research, and down here is the result! As you might be able to see, the jacket has little tabs around the bottom and tails with tassels. I got my idea for the tabs from a 1870's tintype, which I have somehow managed to lose in the depths of my research. :/ Anyway, I've got this on over a mid- Victorian corset I made, my Regency shift (I know, I know, not accurate), a petticoat and a bustle pad. The skirt portion has a pleated ruffle, and is constructed with 5 gores. I made up the pattern as I went. :)