I admit, the making and wearing of clothes (in addition to that 'real life' thing that I feel obligated to participate in!) have taken so much time that I haven't been very good at posting!  So, let me rewind and give everyone the grand overview of my Regency stuff!!
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First, I'll show off my long stays from the Tailor's Daughter.  I love them, they're so pretty!!  They do all that they're intended to do ("lift and separate"), and give me super great posture!  The busk is from corsetmaking.com, and gives a lovely knocking sound when struck.  It also 'creaks' if I twist a little bit, which I found hilarious for some reason!  The additional stiffening is achieved with cable ties.  I'll have to come back and repost all of the materials, but for now, please admire!!  (I promise that they look better on me than they do on the dummy, but I was in a rush to get some pictures before heading to bed)

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Next is my bodiced petticoat.  This is an over garment, which is made in unbleached muslin.  It's from The Mode Bagatelle pattern, and had 'growth tucks' at the bottom to give a little bit of body to the garments that it's supporting.  It's made with a shaped skirt (meaning that it's narrower at the top than at the bottom- different from a 'round gown', which has the same amount of fabric at the top and the bottom.)  There is a small amount of boning in the sides of the bodice, giving a little bit of 'lift' in case no stays are worn, and giving form to the gown that goes over it. 

Below, you can see the inside of the bodice to see a little better how it is constructed.

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The next piece that I made is the Spencer Jacket (because the fabric for the gown wasn't here yet- and it was the Monday before I needed to wear this outfit!)  I used a sea green linen purchased from JAS Townsend as a remnant- good thing, too, because the remnant was perfectly Spencer sized!!  Actually, it was slightly less, because I had to make the peplam against the grain in order to make it fit, haha!  The lining is a cotton-linen blend from Joann Fabrics.  I made a crossover front, meant to be pinned shut with straight pins.  There is a cap on the sleeves, and a false band at the wrist (they're actually sewn down, and I added decorative buttons later).  The Spencer is on the dummy over the bodiced petticoat, since the gown was still in the form of fabric in the mail!  Below, you can see better photos of the back of the Spencer and the peplam.

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Finally, the gown.  Above is a photo of me NOT looking very thrilled.  I'm not sure why, becaue I really was very happy.  The gown turned out AMAZING!!  I had traced the pattern and cut out the lining ahead of time, but I didn't even cut out the gown until Thursday evening.. by Friday at 8 pm I was just attaching the bodice and skirt, by midnight I attached the casing at the bottom of the sleeves, and I put in the hem on Saturday, in the car on the way to the Genesee Country Museum and Village, where this photo is taken!  Whew!  The gown is made of 100% cotton shirting with a self colored stripe from Denver Fabrics Online.  It's sheer, with the bodice being lined in a cotton linen blend.  The style is a mock-cross front (the bodice is fitted- the pieces are merely crossed and then sewn to the waistband).  The skirt is a shaped skirt, like the petticoat.  You can see the petticoat underneath just at the bottom where it is shorter than the gown.  The sleeves and skirt are unlined.   You can see that the majority of fabric is pleated at the back of the gown, giving a very long, flat look to the front. 

For finishing touches, I have a straw poke bonnet that I lined and tossed some ribbon on, a pair of leather gloves, and my sturdy reenacting boots, that you can't see, haha.  I'll get some better pictures of the headgear, since it's not finished in these photos anyways.  And, in case anyone was wondering, all of the photos with me in them are by the Tailor's Daughter.  She's amazing!!  I have to do an update with her gown, and 'underthings', but later.  Suffice to say, she looked wonderful, as always.

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I've been pretty terrible about doing updates on this section!!  This is what happens when you let life run away with you! 

Let me describe what you see in the photo.  This gown is a Colonial Era Polonaise, made from 100% linen.  The gown is an robe a l'anglaise en polonaise, and is made from a chocolate brown linen purchased at Denver Fabrics.  The underskirt is made from a striped linen, also purchased at Denver Fabrics.  The hat is a straw hat purchased from JAS Townsend, covered with 100% silk, purchased at Joann's.  The trim on the hat were also purchased at Joann's, and are part of their Casa Collection.  The ribbon around the crown is velvet, and the one securing the hat to my head is satin.  The cap is actually made from 100% cotton muslin (I cheated there!) and is trimmed with a satin ribbon in brown.  The earrings are freshwater pearl, purchased on Amazon. 

Now, let me describe what  you can't see in the photo above: The shoes are the Anna style from Fugawee, and they're wonderful.  Worn for 1 day with no blisters.  The stockings are also Fugawee.  The under petticoat is 100% cotton muslin.  The shift is also 100% cotton muslin, and has finished cuffs with drawstrings to keep them in place.  The neckline is also drawstring.  The stays are a dark blue linen, lined and interlined with a heavy cotton-wool blend, and edged with beige cotton twill.  I cheated here as well, and used metal gromits (because I was running out of time!) and used cable ties for boning (because I'm cheap!).

At the time that this photo was taken, the buttons for the polonaise were missing, the ribbon holding up the polonaise is saftey pinned in place, and the sleeve ruffles are missing.  I also discovered (which you can see if you look closely) that I need to add boning to the center front of the bodice.  All in all, not a bad first time out!

As for the location, you couldn't have found a better one!  Along with the Tailor's Daughter, I went to Old Fort Niagra for their Revolutionary War weekend.  If you're ever looking for a beautiful place to visit in the Buffalo NY area, this should be on your list!  Unfortunately for us, the day we were there was super windy and cold.  Since it's not the official photo shoot for the project, we were only a little sad.  Mostly we were extremely happy with the way that the outfits came together!

So, now you have a preview of the first gown!  More to follow on the construction, more photos, and, of course, more gowns!

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Here's a couple of quick pictures of my partner for the Century Project, the Tailor's Daughter.  She's wearing a Caraco jacket made of 100% linen (block printed).  I'm not sure what her source was, but it's beautiful!  Her petticoat is 100% navy linen, and her shift, cap, and sleeve ruffles are a cotton-linen blend.  Her shoes also came from Fugawee, and her hat (not pictured) from JAS Townsend.  Her under petticoat is 100% cotton.  The bottom photo shows a better view of the front of her gown and stomacher.  I'll link her blog once she gets it up and running!  We'll also have to get some photos of her stays, because hers are beautiful!!  As always, a beautiful job by the Tailor's Daughter!

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