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Hi from England!
January 30, 2014
2:13 pm
ellierose

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Hi I’m Ellie  from England and I’m about to start making a Regency gown for my Extended Project!! I can sew but I’ve never made a dress before (eek!!) but this will challenge me and help me learn new skills :) The Regency period is my favourite History period and I’m looking forward to making it!

Any help would be appreciated; I know what pattern I’ll be buying and the type of material I’ll be making it in – ish – but any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated :) I would be citing responses in my project as research I’ve done and I’ll have to include usernames but if you’re unhappy with me doing this I’d be happy to explain this in my project.

I hope this post is okay? Thanks, Ellie

January 30, 2014
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So is this for a college project?

"Resign yourself, Catherine! Shops must be visited! Money must be spent! Do you think you could bear it?" - Northanger Abbey Read about my sewing ups 'n' downs on my blog http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co.uk/
January 30, 2014
4:51 pm
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Yes it is but history has always been a passion of mine :)

January 30, 2014
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It would be easier to help if we knew what pattern you are planning on using, and what material you have chosen. (And a little detail about the Project would be fun!)

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January 30, 2014
5:03 pm
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sistersuzi said
It would be easier to help if we knew what pattern you are planning on using, and what material you have chosen. (And a little detail about the Project would be fun!)

Suzi

Sure! I want to make a Regency dress for my EPQ (I’m not sure if you’re English, but it’s basically a huge thing that will really help me get into university) and I’m thinking of using this pattern: http://sensibility.com/blog/pa…..ys-closet/. I’ve spoken to Jennie Chancey about this and that’s the pattern she recommends – I’m thinking of using cotton or muslin but I’m not 100% sure; I’m going to do some research on that. History and textiles are both big loves of mine and I intend to go into something history based as a career so I’m hoping this will help me with job interviews and such, my teachers told me that it would be useful.

January 30, 2014
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the link i posted has failed to work for some reason but it’s the Elegant Lady’s Closet!!

January 30, 2014
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Thanks. I’m sure people who’ve made that pattern up will be happy to help. I make my own patterns so won’t be much use there, but should be able to advise on English fabrics as I live in London. (I’m a retired professional costumer.)

You may need to use TinyURL to post links, or the advice on one of the other pages that I can never remember. (Sorry.)

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January 31, 2014
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Hi Ellie!

I’m not much of an experienced seamstress but I do love doing the research into making historical clothing and I like to hand sew most of what I create(unless it’s a longer seam, then I do that by machine, lol). Any who, I would suggest by first doing some research on Regency fashion. I like to study many different periods of fashion and what I like best is to see how they were created. I usually like to follow those inspirations and then when I want to create something like it, I change it up by doing something different to the style. It’s your creation and anything you want to make is endless! I would really like to see your dress once it’s finished. Good luck!

 

Cynthia

February 1, 2014
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Welcome.  For your project, I suggest you have a look at the books listed in “The Bookstore”.  There are some excellent sources of information listed.  http://tinyurl.com/qalsjme

 

Also, there is an archive of the previous forum.  If you have specific questions, you may be amazed at the information that you’ll be able to turn up in the old threads.  Note:  you still need to log in to access the forum. http://forums.sensibility.com/

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February 2, 2014
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Hi Ellie,

Welcome, and good luck with the project. The drawstring gown from the ELC is very authentic, but the best results on the forum are when people use the basic pattern and add personal touches. I advise cotton if you are not very experienced, as it sews up easily and is very forgiving if you have to unpick. Light cottons, muslins and voile work well.

Cheerio,

Frances

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