Monday, June 2, 2008

Regency Dress Modernized

As I said before, the first Regency dress was basically my test run, and I'm glad I did it because I ended up making several alterations to the pattern for the real thing!

For the modernized version, I made it shorter (though I kept the difference in length from front to back), and just used some cleaner lines by replacing the puffy sleeve with a cap sleeve, used darts on the bust instead of gathers, and used some double box pleats on the back rather than gathers. I also didn't add a drawstring around the waist like the other one had, since I figured it should be pretty fitted already. I used a lovely blue cotton sateen and lined it with a camel colored broadcloth.

And here is the result! (Sorry about the uber serious look on my face, lol, I'm told I seem to look quite somber when I'm thinking or concentrating, but it was the best pic of the dress.)









I'm so excited, I really love how it turned out!

8 comments:

Sacagawea Extreme said...

I have never commented before but this dress is just beautiful! I love it. I think your modifications are perfect.

Stephanie said...

Thank you! :-)

Sara said...

That dress is amazing! Hmmm... I'm having problems finding modest bridesmaids dresses...keep up practicing with patterns and I may have to commission you to make some :-)

Stephanie said...

Hahaha...yeah, uh, I don't know if I'll be that good even with lots of practice! ;-) This only happened with lots of pinning on me directly, lol.

But I do feel your pain about finding modest bridesmaid dresses!

Creative Clayer said...

I happen to think that is a beautiful picture of you. You really are stunning.

The dress is beautiful too! (Oh, and let me know when you get around to making that skirt...I may want two.) :D

Stephanie said...

Aw, thanks Camille! :-)

I'm pretty sure I know what fabric I'm using for your skirt...I'll email you!

failonesagain said...

Hi! I would be so glad if you could email me a sewing description of this amazing and beautiful dress. I´m graduating this summer and would really like to wear that kind of dress...
Thanks!
ewelyn_w@yahoo.se
/Ewelyn

Erin said...

This dress is gorgeous! It looks like it would be the perfect modest bridesmaid dress.