Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Brown Spotty Two-Piece: Underdress/Skirt/Thing

I've been slowly-but-surely working away on the brown spotty two-piece Regency dress. The underdress, or skirt-with-bodice, is almost done, and the jacket/bodice that goes over it is in the progress of being patterned. Before I went ahead and finished the underdress (aka, went pleat-crazy), I wanted to make sure I had the length right, so I just gathered and basted the skirts to the bodice. I decided it needs to be just a tad shorter, so I'll make that change, and go back and pleat instead of gather (as that's what the original had), and finish the center front, and this half of the ensemble will be done!

Here are a couple of pictures I snapped while fitting:



  1. I've been planning on going to jane austen festival in bath for a while and I need to make a start on my dress. But I really haven't been able to find a design I really like.
    I wanted something that opened at the front or side so I don't struggle to do up the dress at the back.
    I like that the dress you are making is front opening and you've given me ideas with using different fabric for bodice and skirt.
    What closures are you using for the front?

    1. I'm just doing hooks and eyes on the front of this (which is what the original had), and then the jacket-thing that goes over it crosses over and closes with a self-fabric tie.

      But, my FAVORITE sneaky front-opening technique is the one I used on my Elinor Dress, which has a bodice that opens at the center front, but the waistband wraps over and closes off closer to the side, which means that the opening for the skirt was done over there too, which is so much nicer than having it right in the center front! It's super easy to get in to by one's self. ;)

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