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Threads Halloween Costume Contest 2010

1810 Regency Gown

As a "crazed Vampire Bride"

At the PEERS (Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society)  Le Bal des Vampires. 

I draped this gown based off an 1810 gown illustration in The Cut of Women’s Clothes, by Norah Waugh. The gown is made from Swiss dot Voile and is 100% cotton. All of the ruffles are hand roll-hemmed (I spend a lot of time commuting!) and the gown is worn over period undergarments ( corset, chemise, and petticoat).

As a costume design student, I originally started this project to expand my resume. As a lucky coincidence It was completed right before halloween and I was able to wear it to two different events. First in it’s “authentic” form, and then as a Crazed vampire bride.


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    rakijaa | | #1

    This is lovely! We are going to a Regency Ball in spring, so I am looking forward to making a gown. Thanks for sharing your gown-it is inspiring!

  2. izodiea | | #2

    I am glad you like it :)

    If you haven't seen it already, you may enjoy this Regency Community: http://regencysa.proboards.com/index.cgi
    It is FULL of amazing information and awesome people! It is where I found the tutorial for making my bonnet.

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    rakijaa | | #3

    Thank you for the link. I will definitely check it out.

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    orsinimedici1951 | | #4

    Beautiful dress! Jane Austen would swoon!! Thanks for the link--I'll check it out. You might like some of my hats at http://www.orsinimedici1951.etsy.com

  5. Chantel17 | | #5

    Hi! -- Wow! great dress! which pattern did you use for your corset? Well-crafted, fine details! good job!

  6. kabodle | | #6

    [email protected] the gown is quite beautiful and you look beautiful wearing it. keep on keeping on thanks for sharing .

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