December 14, 2013
I am Lotte, 25 years old, live in (the Dutch speaking part of) Belgium and have purchased a couple of Sense & Sensibility patterns a while ago. I’ll try to tell you all a bit about myself. Sorry if all of this is boring, you can skip if you want!
I am not entirely new to sewing, but I am not very experienced either. I know a couple of things, but haven’t been practicing a lot. Sewing was one of my classes in school when I was 12 years old, but I had always been experimenting with my mother’s sewing machine.
When I saw there were regency gown patterns available for purchase, I immediately thought: I have to have these! Because I live in Belgium they were a little bit harder to get (I don’t have visa or paypal), but then a friend of my sister told her she bought regency patterns from naaipatronen.nl, and shortly after, so did I.
I apologize for any mistakes in my English, I don’t practice this enough either :-).
So now that I have a couple of patterns, I guess I have to get started on my first garment! I am starting with the “regency gown” pattern, and have been doing some research in advance. I’ll make a simple day dress, haven’t decided on the color of the fabric yet but it will be cotton, with short sleeves. If I make a second one, it will either have long sleeves or detachable sleeves, because I am always so cold :-).
I’m not going to go 100% authentic (historical) regency, but I refuse to use PLASTIC buttons, because I just think they don’t belong on a dress like this :-).
If my first try is okay (decent enough to wear and not falling apart ;-)), I will make a chemise and perhaps petticoat, to go underneath (for extra warmth!). My mother has said she is willing to help me if necessary, but she doesn’t often have spare time, and I want to try to figure out as much as I can on my own. My mother is also a Jane Austen fan, we’ve been “discovering” regency movies together over the past few years. She wants to make herself a regency dress too, but has no time to do so.
I’m excited to start my first dress, but also REALLY nervous, haha! I’m terrified of screwing up and not being able to undo or correct the mistake. I only have a cheap sewing machine, because I didn’t expect to start sewing clothes or more complicated things. I bought it so I’d be able to do small repairs and such. Sometimes it acts strange, and forms tangles (), I’ve already adjusted tension but it doesn’t seem to change anything. My sewing machines has moods, if it wants to sew something, it will do great, if it doesn’t… it will take me quite a long time to get it done. If I finish a dress, I’ll be very proud, if I don’t finish it or it looks awful, I’ll be glad I tried :-).
If there’s anything you’d like to know, feel free to ask
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