April 2009 archive

1820s Ballgown

By Jennie Chancey

1820sdress

Here is a scrumptious early 1820s ballgown (when all the puffs and furbelows really came into style with a bang!). Look at all the detailing on this gown and imagine the work! The slashed sleeves are simply a feast for the eyes, and the cording on the bodice just amazes me with its perfect stitchery. […]

Extant Regency Gowns

By Jennie Chancey

stripedress

Here is a group of Regency gowns featured in Jane Ashelford’s Book, The Art of Dress. Note the crossover bodice of the early 1800s day dress, the fantastic details of the sleeve embroidery on the 1810 evening gown and the full skirt back of the 1795 day dress. It’s nice to be able to see the actual colors, too. Dispels the myth of pastels and drab colors!

Extant Early Regency Gown

By Jennie Chancey

lacedress

This is an original gown from the early Regency, accented with a delicate tulle overlay and featuring slim sleeves. Back when I sewed professionally, a customer sent me this photo so I could reproduce the dress, which was a really fun project. I believe the original garment is in the Kyoto Museum collection.

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