My first Regency gown

I thought I should share with you some pictures of the Regency style clothes I have made for myself so far. I will begin with the first such dress I made.

 At first I found the fashion and the style of this era to be a little… well… weird. At least the ladies dresses. But that was before I became a true Jane Austen fan. Since then I have not only become used to the way the dresses looked at that time but I have also grown to love the simple, yet so elegant look that was in fashion during the time of Jane Austen’s life.

I first came up with the idea that I wanted to make my own Regency gown in 2006. I began at once to search the internet for some pattern I could use. And that’s when I came across this: This is a wonderful website that not only sells patterns for Regency era garments (and several other eras too); they also offer online classes for several of the patterns. And then there is also a most lovely forum! It is mainly supposed to be focusing on historical sewing, but even if that is not something you think is for you there is also a lot of discussion going on about books (like Jane Austen’s), movies and anything within this field really. I have found many kindred spirits in this forum, there are many lovley ladies there who share my passion for these kind of things. The kinds of things I am writing about here.

But, I am wandering from what I originally set out to write about.  So lets get back to where we were; I had found this site, and I ordered this pattern straight away!


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 And after some days work (I think it was days at least, but you know, it could have been longer) this is the result I ended up with:

My first Regency gown

Wearing my dress for Midsummer's Eve

Now, this picture is a few years old, so I might look a little different, but I don’t think the dress has changed much…

I felt really very pleased with the way it turned out! And I have had the opportunity to use it on several occasions. But alas, not yet as many as I could have wished!

Here are a couple of more pictures; close ups of the bodice front and back.

My first Regency gown close up


My first Regency gown close up back

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2 Responses to My first Regency gown

  1. Mrs. Smith says:

    Very lovely dress! You did a nice job and it falls so gracefully. I especially like the sleeve cuffs.

  2. admin says:

    Thank you! I am very happy with it!

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