June Make A Garment A Month – Hand Sewn Regency Day Dress

 

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Finally, I am going to tackle a Regency Day Dress. The Elegant Lady’s Closet is the pattern of choice by Sense and Sensibility for the June Make A Garment A Month Challenge.

Talk about going retro. Regency is the period of Jane Austen. You know period movies such as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility to name a couple. Those ladies did everything in their long, gownish dresses from cooking breakfast, working the fields and crops, taking care of the children, everything! Sew, I figured hey, let’s give the wearing of such attire a try in my own wardrobe while living on our little farm-in-the-making. Plus, I heard tell that wearing dresses and skirts is way cooler than pants and jeans.

The neckline of choice is the one on the upper left-hand corner. It’s similar to the style that Emma Thompson wore as Eleanor Dashwood. I have always enjoyed asymmetrical and cross-over styles for necklines as well as hems which makes this view the natural choice for a first try with this pattern. I am thinking of stopping the sleeves at my elbow with this project.

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One really cool thing about this project is the fact that I will be using a flat bed sheet as yardage to complete this Regency day dress. When I first spied this thrifted bed sheet – “Regency day dress” immediately came to mind. Even the hubby agreed it was a good fabric pattern for a day dress.

Another reason June’s project will be a true “challenge” is because I am making this dress entirely by hand using Elizabethan seams that I discovered at Extreme Costuming. Additionally, I will not be making a muslin (I know, the nerve of me; just who do I think I am?) I will be flat fitting the bodice pieces and doing long, hard praying. I have read the instructions to this pattern over and over again and I believe Jennie Chancey says I am to have “proper stays and underpinnings”. Well, I ain’t gonna. I know, I know, a recipe for disaster maybe? I’m not claiming that; oh no. The thing is . . . for now, I have not the money or wherewithall to make Regency stays and such. I am wearing this dress to be comfortable in my home (or even if I should choose to go to the store or Mickie Dees) and my girls will just have to behave themselves and act proper when I have this baby on.

This is sure to be a hoot, so stick with me, follow me on Bloglovin, link in my sidebar or below so you can check out the finished garment and let’s just do the thing!!!

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Cheers,

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P.S. Oh, I should share the motivation behind June’s project. I am visiting my daughter as we await the birth of her special child, my grandchild and I have no sewing machine here. Rather than not participate I thought this an excellent time to do really what my web page is all about, taking it back.

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