Post by Mme de Beaufort on Aug 2, 2010 13:21:29 GMT -5
The dresses are pretty, but not period. Aside from its syntheticness... the black velvet scrolling is not period appropriate by any means. I've used a red version of this fabric to make a corset and the non-patterened version of it for the skirts for a vampire/victorianish costume.
It's a 'costumey' fabric... rather than something authentic. I might use that fabric for a regency gown for events that aren't too fussy about authenticity.
The second fabric is pretty but the pattern looks too big. Regency fabrics were not typically large-of-pattern... they preferred subtler, smaller patterns, and border/hem embroidery if patterned at all; and for ballgowns, relied more on embellishments and trims to enhance them rather than pattern.
I am thinking of the dotted fabric on the right. In fact, I like it so much and the price is so good, I may have to buy some myself!
I suggest you take a peek at the extant gowns in some of the inspiration threads, or in one of the great costume books from the Kyoto Institute. I also love "Revolution in Fashion" -- try looking for it at a library because it is out of print and very expensive. Anyway, looking at the real deal is the best way to develop an "eye" for what looks period and what doesn't. Besides, who doesn't love drooling over beautiful gowns?
"Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose." -- W. Cowper
So would a print with small flowers be more period correct? I saw a couple of fabrics with small flowers at a good price at the fabric store and was wondering if they would be period correct. I guess what I am saying is how do you know if some fabric pattern is period correct or not?
If at all possible avoid too much print! That's my general rule of thumb anymore. I honestly can't remember the last time I made a print dress. If you are going to make a print dress, remember the prints should be simple (think of the simple prints worn by the Bennet girls in the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice)
Here is a Regency gown with a fairly subtle print.
Post by dawnluckham on Oct 15, 2011 15:23:45 GMT -5
Wellybob, I guess I would refer you to the recent thread about flannel/flannelette: It totally depends on why you are dressing in Regency era clothing.
If you are involved in Living History then period correct prints are important and it’s important to do your research and choose your fabrics carefully. Scientists have discovered that people take a lasting first impression within seconds of meeting/seeing someone. If you are presenting history incorrectly your audience will walk away with an inaccurate impression. They trust you to do the research and get it right. They’re there to learn from you. It’s not that difficult to do a little bit of research and find a fabric that is both historically accurate and also appeals to you. There is just SO MUCH out there to choose from!
If you are wearing Regency clothing for other reasons – you just like old fashioned clothes, or if you participate in a Jane Austen society or a historic dance group. As long as you are not presenting to the public, you are free to choose any fabric in the whole wide world. Make yourself happy!
One thing I would point out, however: Some fabrics are more suitable for the style of the gowns than other fabrics. Heavy brocades or stiff fabrics do not often drape in the gentle folds that suit Regency style gowns.