Regency Wedding Party

By Jennie Chancey

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!

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