Natalie’s Droolworthy Regency Crossover Gown

By Jennie Chancey

Dear Jennie,

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.

Very best,
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!).

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1 Comment on Natalie’s Droolworthy Regency Crossover Gown

  1. Tina
    November 19, 2012 at 10:51 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Natalie, What a beautiful dress!! Together you both have made a true show stopper! Thank you so much for sharing your tips with us all. I love the idea of using the fichu around the neckline. I love this dress, but have shied away because of the neckline and I’m a Quaker. I now look forward to checking out your blog. :)
    Blessings,
    Tina

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