April 2009 archive

Man’s Regency Suit

By Jennie Chancey

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Here’s a dandy suit! WOW! Note how short the jacket is in front and how long the waistcoat is underneath. The rich maroon color of the jacket is truly striking, and the high standing collar is something, isn’t it? Note the tight fit of the breeches below the knee. This was the era when men […]

18-teens Regency Gown

By Jennie Chancey

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This is a lovely example of an authentic Regency gown of fine white muslin. This probably dates to the 18-teens, since it has a more “fan”-like bodice and the fancier sleeves with puffed short sleeves over long. Note the extra-long sleeves with wristbands that button over and ruffles that extend past the knuckles.

Reproduction Regency Garments

By Jennie Chancey

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The same gal who shared the photos of the 1813 gown also put on a fashion show that highlighted the styles of every decade for the last two centuries (talk about a daunting undertaking!). She made the outfits seen in these pictures, basing them upon fashion plates and original gowns from the decades represented. Lynde […]

ca. 1813 Regency Gown

By Jennie Chancey

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Writes Lynde, “This belongs to my art teacher, who is an expert in the West on historical clothing from 1800-1850. She is amazing! She has a three-volume dissertation for her Ph.D. and a clothing collection of 30,000 items. She bought this dress in Scotland for $300, and she dates it to about 1813. Can I just tell you, when I saw this dress I very nearly fainted.”

Extant Regency Garments from Karen Augusta

By Jennie Chancey

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Karen Augusta of Antique Fashion.com.com has graciously allowed me to share some of the photographs she has taken of original garments she has sold in her online shop. Studying original clothing is essential for recreating the correct look of the period, which changed from year to year. Thank you to Karen for sharing her knowledge and her beautiful pictures! Be sure to visit her site for more breathtaking gowns from the 18th-20th centuries!

Regency Prom Gown

By Jennie Chancey

Attached are some pictures of the prom dress I made from your Regency pattern four years ago. I made a dress and a sleeveless overdress out of different satins. I played with the pattern a lot to make it my own: drafted new sleeves, changed the hem, put soft pleats in the back, and put […]

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