My niece, Madeleine, got married in July and had asked me to make her and her bridesmaids ‘Jane Austen’ style dresses. It was with great relief that I found your invaluable pattern via the Internet. I changed the under bust gathers to darts on all the dresses, but otherwise I made very few changes to your pattern. The Bride’s dress consisted of an ivory satin under-dress with a very delicate ivory silk chiffon over-dress embroidered in white silk. not an easy combination of materials to handle! I slit the over-skirt up the front to the empire line so the ivory satin under-skirt showed and piped the empire line, neck and sleeve bands in the ivory satin. Her short train was made following your instructions. Her head-dress was made of tiny white and ivory silk rosebuds. The Bridesmaids’ dresses were in a fuchsia pink Dupion silk. They were piped in the same material and had self-covered buttons. I put two layers of tulle on the dress linings, one from just below mid-thigh and one from knee height to hold the skirts out a little as the material was quite stiff and did not drape very well. The Bridesmaids’ head-dresses were little rose buds, just like the Bride’s but in white, ivory and fuchsia pink. It was a very happy day and a great many people commented on how lovely the dresses were and how perfect the style was for Madeleine. Thank you again for providing such a very useful pattern! ~ Clare C.
There really is something about the Regency Era style and weddings! I think they are a perfect match! Beautiful work, Clare!