This is my favorite Regency-era dress to date. It’s your cross-over dress, that Geneece Arnold made up for me last year, but…over the winter I lost 20 pounds and it no longer fit (so sorry, Geneece!), and so I had to rework the whole thing, taking almost all of it apart and handsewing it back together with modifications. I made new sleeves to reflect a fashion for full sleeves that was still in play round about 1795. The waistline is raised too, and the neckline lowered and reworked to include soft folds right at the neckline; I am wearing a handkerchief (later known as a fichu) to fill in the neckline to taste. At the bottom I rolled and whipped a small frill, also popular in the period. There is an extra panel in the skirt to create the full look of those years. You can read all about the research process and reworking (oh, was there a lot of learning involved; phew!) on A Frolic Through Time.
Thank you for a most excellent pattern; this dress is pure delight to wear.
Natalie in Kentucky
Sigh! So utterly beautiful, Natalie! This one takes the cake. I adore the sleeves, the frill at the hem–all of it! Your blog is a constant delight. Thank you so much for sharing your work (and Geneece’s — and congrats on saying goodbye to 20 pounds!).