Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Regency Things for the Jane Austen Festival!

This year, 2012, was my first time going to the Jane Austen Festival in Louisville and my first Regency event ever.  So, naturally, I needed to sew an entire wardrobe for myself.  Here are some pictures of the items I sewed (with some things still needing tweaking).  I will post actual pictures of the event as soon as they're made available to me.

A chemise.  In hindsight, I probably should have made this sleeveless.  Oh well!

The evil stays.  They flattened my bustline.  I hate them.  They are going to be torn apart and fixed as soon as I can look at them without growling.

A bodiced petticoat made from the Sense and Sensibility drawstring dress pattern.  In favor of spending as little time sewing as possible, I simply chose not to cut out the front piece on the fold and made a placket down the front, running one drawstring from the waist and one from the neckline (I also lowered the neckline considerably).  Other than the drawstrings, no fasteners were needed.  Yay!

A chemisette and a fichu from the most soft, lovely cotton voile that was given to me by a very lovely lady.  The chemisette ended up being so cute on.  I highly recommend it.

Finally, my dress!  This was made from the Sense and Sensibility drawstring pattern in the Elegant Lady's Closet mega-pattern.  The dress was lovely, however I would have liked to modify the neckline.  That is modification number two on the list.

My waistbands and reticules made from matching silk.  The blue I wore for the day and the purple for the ball.  I also trimmed my new Pemberley shoes from American Duchess with purple bows at the toes. Those shoes warrant themselves an entire separate post.

Finally, the straw bonnet form I decorated from Austentation Regency Accessories.  I ended up only wearing this for part of the day on Sunday.  It doesn't fit very well over period hairstyles.

Have a lovely day, everyone!

Monday, July 23, 2012

The list has changed... again...

I promise I'll post very very soon about the Jane Austen festival, but for now, here is my updated sewing list.  I have completely removed anything Georgian from the table because I just don't have the time or money to invest in another time period.  I'm going to try to focus on sewing for the Regency Wardrobe Challenge and using up my stash for Civil War so I can get to Georgian (maybe possibly).  So, here it is!

CW Bathing costume
Mom's dirndl
CW Sheer
CW Sarah's dress
Regency Spencer
CW Winter hood
CW Paletot and muff
Regency seaside dress
Regency beach slippers
Second Regency bonnet
CW Ball gown
Regency ball gown
Regency day dress #2
CW Asymmetrical bodice
Regency spencer
Regency day dress #3
CW bonnet
Regency cloak