Learning to Sew A Regency Dress: From Scratch
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This is a first attempt to make a Regency dress with a pattern that I had on hand. McCall M5696 is a great pattern for modern-day garments however I would love to get my hands on a Regency dress pattern. I made this piece from printed cotton and broadcloth. I went on to create another dress from the same pattern, keeping in mind how big the bodice was and I hope to have pictures of it soon.
This is the front of my first attempt. It's very comfortable to wear. However, to me, it lacked the "Regency" look.
I wanted to make a Regency dress from a McCall M5696 pattern. I thought it would be a simple matter of lengthening the skirt and add more material to the back. But I found that the neckline was alittle beyond my skills and I messed up. The bodice was huge (it was gapping off my shoulders) while the skirt was perfect.
The back. I lengthened it down to the floor so I had a small train. I love trains. They give the expression of grace.
But I did not let this bodice from hell get the best of me. I used my creativity to make the bodice fit better by taking fabric in with a dart in the back & adding a beautiful elastic modesty panel.