Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Year - New Projects: REALLY RETRO to REGAL REGENCY

I was able to get this wonderful 1970s wedding gown that has a really great Regency look.  Sadly the matching train was used as a tablecloth then lost which means I don't have fabric to match to make it look more Regency like.  This will be my first project this year, I will be starting in the next week or so.  See picture below:

I don't own a Regency gown and there is a Regency event I want to go to soon.  I will blog more about that later.  I am going to try to add some fabric I have at home to the back and it won't be correct but it will be costumish -- and for budget costuming a hand me down dress and some fabric stash fabric is a good way to go.  I even have some Payless satin slippers I found years ago on clearance for $3 that will work well for evening slippers.

One question that I haven't figured yet is how low to cut the neckline -- if at all. Low or high, square or V-neck?


Cross Over

I've already made stays, they aren't great but they hold the girls well enough.  Part of why I don't like Regency period is that I don't think that my body is really built for this time period.  I think of this period as more suited to a svelt and sleek body.  I tend to ample in Regency stays and I don't like that in these dresses.  Ok for Ren Faire, not so great for elegant evenings.

Excuse the temporary shoelace tie :-)


  1. I vote for the low square neck....

  2. Thank you for your input, I am beginning to agree :-)