I was just wondering this same thing. How many gowns do you have? I am a newbie to the Regency Society and historical costume and I am slightly obsessed. I have sketches for 3 dresses done and I have ideas for at least 10 more. I can't even decide on which year I want to start with to base my neckline choice off of. I don't know if I should do a long or short sleeve gown or a high or low neckline. How do you even choose where to start your wardrobe. I hope a lot of people will share their photos of their regency wardrobe.
"It is something for a woman to be assured that in her eight-and-twentieth year, that she has not lost one charm of earlier youth." Anne, Persuasion. I totally agree, I only hope it feels the same at nine-and-twenty.
Post by Mme de Beaufort on Oct 17, 2007 1:33:20 GMT -5
We're working on pics.
In the meantime, here is my suggestion: Go to this site: www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?page=section/histCostume/historyCos_Reg.html and look at the dress on the top left. The pattern is from Simplicity, but it comes from Sensibility.com (she designed it). The dress on the left has a medium neckline; you'll notice the one on the right has a higher neckline and a gathered front. It's more of a day-dress, to hang about the house, and such. The other gown would work as a ballgown. You can make it without the overlay, as the pattern suggests. It has short sleeves, so you can always add a chemisette and sleeves out of any type of lace or sheer material you'd like, and on top of that, you can add another sheer-overdress, or a robe or pelisse, it's a very flexible gown. Start with a solid colour for the basic dress; you can add all the extras to make it go from a day-dress to a ballgown without having to make a new dress every time.
I have two dresses, as I said before. I have a white one made with that very pattern (dress A) and I have one made with dress B. The longsleeved dress, I use for parties and such. Dress A has a robe made of silk that goes over it, in a deep greyish blue, and also a sheer net overlay dress made with the same exact pattern as the dress. It turns it into a completely different gown.
Here are some really good examples of mixing up a wardrobe with single dresses. A basic gown enhanced with a velvet coat (you see a simple white gown, and then you see it with the velvet coat--roll your mouse of the images and they'll show another view: www.dragonflyformals.com/Bibi2005.html