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Greetings from another newbie!
April 16, 2013
6:32 pm
egyptianblue
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Hello everyone! My name is Julia and I am an undergrad in the Boston area. I am extremely out of practice with sewing. When I was younger I used to quilt with my grandmother, and then I picked up knitting and embroidery. Sadly I did not spend enough time with any of these skills to become very talented, and when I started high school I stopped sewing for myself altogether. I did fittings and alterations and quick fixes while working with my high school’s drama club, but that was the extent of it.

 

This year I’ve been attending some local Regency-themed dances and events. This is something I very much would like to continue doing, and I’ve decided it’s high time I make myself I proper dress. I’ve been wearing a very simple, very inaccurate, vaguely Regency dress I found cheap on ebay. While at a ball this weekend I spoke with a costumer who highly recommended the Sense & Sensibility patterns, so here I am!

 

My goals for this summer are to make Regency underthings (I’m quite worried about the stays) and a simple but nice gown that I can wear to balls. We’ll see how it goes and I hope this forum will be able to guide me along.

April 16, 2013
9:43 pm
Geneece
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Welcome!  You’ll find a wealth of knowledge here!

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April 17, 2013
3:20 am
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Hi Julia!  Don’t worry about the stays, I’m a beginner sewer and my stays came together very easily.

April 17, 2013
7:21 am
egyptianblue
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Geneece – Thank you for the welcome! And I certainly believe I will!

 

laura – That’s so great to hear. How have your other projects gone, if you’ve tried anything else?

April 18, 2013
8:58 am
Marva
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Welcome, Julia!  How lovely that you do English country dancing!  Dresses for dancing are what brought me to this site, too.  It is so rewarding to wear something to a ball that you put your own creative touches on.  Now I am starting on Regency-era underpinnings.  I enjoyed making a chemise, and am about to cut out my stays.  I think it will be a fun project.  (My husband doesn’t think I will be able to give my stays any “appeal”, but I plan to prove him wrong!)

April 18, 2013
7:59 pm
egyptianblue
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Thank you, Marva! I’ve been to three dances and several lessons, and it’s so much fun! Sadly, I’m not very good, and I definitely lack a any sort of grace and elegance, but it’s something I hope to continue and get better at. Every event I’ve been to, most of the people have these beautiful gowns that they either make themselves or have someone else make, and I am incredibly jealous. This summer will definitely be a bit of an experiment; I’m a little apprehensive but also very much looking forward to it and hope to be proud of whatever I do accomplish :) Good luck with your stays and I hope you show them when you’re done!

April 19, 2013
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Katrina Ariana
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Glad you’re here, Julia!  You will love this forum, I’m sure!  There is a wide variety of historical costuming eras here, and of course people are always more than happy to offer advice.

 

Happy sewing!

Katrina

April 20, 2013
10:48 pm
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Besides the stays, I’ve also made up the basic Regency Gown pattern (in printed cotton) without any problems and I was very pleased with how it came out.  I’ve been meaning to make a post to show them off, but I’ve been sidetracked by exams and an upcoming vacation.  This summer I’d also like to make a bonnet and a spencer to complete a day outfit.

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