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Make an Apron-Front Regency Gown! (Part Two)

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Bodice and sleeve

After finishing the bodice base,¬†it was time to make the sleeves. Because this material is so thin and delicate, I chose to make full long sleeves with short oversleeves instead of using removable under sleeves. The fantastic border of this beautiful sari fabric provided me with an instant border for the long sleeve hems and the sleeve bands of the short sleeves. Read more…

Make an Apron-Front Regency Gown! (Part One)

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Cathy Hay and Jennie Chancey in Bath, 2015

I decided last¬†August¬†to make a new apron-front gown, basing it upon several gowns I’ve handled in person, plus an extant garment in the¬†National Museum of Australia¬†that I found online with detailed photographs.

This time, I’ve used my¬†Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern¬†as the base, since it has no back opening to begin with and features the more fitted long sleeves I planned to use for my undersleeves and the short, puffed ballgown sleeves I’d use as the over sleeves. Read more…

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