I’ve made a new Regency dress! I know… some of you may be thinking, “this is the second one this summer, did she really need another dress?” well, perhaps not, but I wanted one!
I bought the fabric for this dress months ago, and before then I’d already had my eye on it for quite a while. You know the dress Elizabeth Bennet wears in the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, a white, rather sheer dress with stripes (also white), elbowlenght sleeves and little tucks at the hem? She wears it on lots of occasions, when she first visits Pemberley, when she receives Jane’s letter concerning Lydia, when they receive Mr Gardiners letter… You know the one I mean? If that description did nothing for you however, here are a couple of pictures to show you which one I’m talking about. 😉
“Ah, that dress!”
Jane’s dress really isn’t too bad either…. hmm…
I love this dress. I love the simplicity of it, while at the same time it has little details which also makes it interesting. It is one of the dresses (one of the rather many dresses I grant you) that I have said to myself that one day I shall make myself one like that. So when I found this fabric that was very similar to that of her dress I found it very tempting!
I started working on this dress months ago, early spring sometime, but it was one of those projects that ended up getting stuck halfway. Or I got stuck halfway. Not because there were any major problems, just because I lost interest in it. And so it was hanging in my sewing room for rather a long time, giving me a little bit of a bad conscience every time I saw it, until a couple of weeks ago when I felt ready to continue my work on it. And once it was finished I was more than a little pleased with how it turned out! This dress is a very strong contestant as my own favorite of my Regency dresses! And without further ado, here are some pictures.
I made some changes from Lizzie’s dress. One thing I did was make a smooth bodice, her’s is gathered. And I also decided to line my bodice, as the fabric was just a bit too see-through for me to be comfortable with it!
Her dress has little cloth covered buttons, I decided to use mother of pearl ones for mine (mostly because that was the only suitable thing I had around and I couldn’t be bothered to wait 😛 )
This is what I always look like when I’m blogging. Just so you know… *cough
I love this road with all the old old oak trees!
My sister Viktoria once again very kindly agreed to take some pictures for me, so I packed a basket full of somewhat odd things and we set of in search of good spots for a photo shoot. I got many wierd looks from people. Especially since one of the spots we found was just by a relatively big road, with lots of cars passing by the whole time. Slightly embarrassing, but we made the most of it and put on a good show for the drivers.
Here you can see the details of the sleeve more. And also some of the weird packing I brought with me..
Recognize this from Northanger Abbey? This scene was in the back of my mind as I asked Viktoira to take the following picture.
I’m sure the book Catherine Morland had was not “Dikter af Snoilsky” (poems by Snoilsky) but something rather more exciting. However this book looked the part, and even if Viktoria was only mildly interested in hearing me read aloud to her the thrilling poem “Tjurfäktaren” (the bullfighter) I found it all rather amusing.
No place is wrong for a cup of tea!
I do realize these hay bales are probably just a little on the modern side, but they made good props in the picture none the less.
Before we started taking the pictures I had told Viktoria I wanted them to be sort of Lizzie Bennet, Marianne Dashwood, Catherine Morland inspired pictures. In the end it felt like what we had accomplished was more along the lines of Harriet Smith. Oh well…. 😛
This dress is most definitely coming with me to Bath this year (*gasp* I can hardly believe it’s only about a month left!!)! I may, just may, if I find the time and the material, whip together one more dress before then… But most likely not. I do however have another piece of clothing that is getting close to being completed. I will tell you more about that later though, all in due course.