Pattern used: My own
Date Started: August 27, 2011
Date Finished:August 28, 2011
Material used: White with vertical burgundy stripes
Notions used:Hooke & eyes, buttons and burgundy braided trim
May 26, 2011 – Planning phase
I guess it’s time to start thinking of what I want to do for the Regency picnic this year. I am considering a wrap around dress, but haven’t made up my mind. I also need to pick out fabric, but nothing has jumped out at me, yet. I did consider wearing my drop front from last year, but only for a minute. I guess I’ll just have to wander the Calico section of JoAnn’s until something screams “use me”. lol.
July 28, 2011 – I have a plan
I have decided to use some fabric given to me by Angie. It is white with slim vertical burgundy stripes. I will be making a wrap dress, I have the design sketched out. Once I get my new set of undergarments finished, I will be starting on the dress.
August 29, 2011 – Best laid plans, and all that!
I was finally able to start on my dress, this past Saturday. I tossed out the original design I had in my head, the one I sketched out. My new design is loosely based on the Half Robe from Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 1. On Saturday, I was able to start drafting the pattern around noon. I got the lining cut for the mock up, and sewn in now time. We took a break for dinner, thinking it would a short one, but ended up strolling through a car show that was taking place in the shopping center. A several hours later, we were able to get back down to the sewing room. By the time we called it a night, I had the bodice completely done, just waiting for the skirt. We started again around 1 on Sunday. I was able to get the skirt panels cut and attached. After that, I kind of hit a wall with how to trim it. As the old purse is very low on coins, I was trying to work with what I currently had in the sewing room. After a while of blindly gazing at the dress (if you look too closely, the stripes just about make you cross eyed, and can give you a headache. lol), it started coming to me in bits and pieces. I have the final trim design worked out, I hope to have it finished this evening. Which is a good thing, as the picnic is a little over a week away! 🙂
September 14, 2011 – Finished Project Photos
I love this dress! I do believe this has become my favorite Regency dress.
This dress was very comfortable. I was able to wear this with ease, all day long.
February 12, 2016 – Exciting News!
Hi All! I have received so many compliments on this dress, and many, many requests for what pattern I used, and upon hearing that I drafted this pattern myself, I’m asked if I sell this pattern. Well, great news! I will now be offering this pattern for sale. I am just getting started on selling patterns, so for a time, it will be a custom drafted pattern only, made to the measurements provided by the customer. If you are interested in this pattern, please visit my design page at Rosie Gypsy Designs, or email me at rosiegypsydesigns at gmail dot com.