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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10/27/2011 02:27:05 pm

I do agree that she does look beautiful. And the dress made her more fantastic.

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