I made this ball gown for the Portland Country Dance Community's English Country Ball in 2015. I had already made the stays and chemise and pantaloons, and had made a day dress as well, so this was a breeze. Also, since I was making it on a deadline for the ball, I used a borrowed sewing machine instead of hand-sewing, which made it come together nice and fast!
After that, I wore it to the Time Travelers' Ball in Hillsboro, to church once, and to a recent wedding.
The occasion of a costume-party wedding finally gives me an opportunity to wear and photograph the short stays I made to wear under my Regency dresses. So prepare yourself for awkward self-photography in historical underwear!
This project is from 2015. I was working on a Regency wardrobe because I wanted to participate in Oregon Regency Society events.
In 2015, one of my goals was to put together a Regency wardrobe. My reason was odd: I considered Regency era dresses to be boring and unflattering (too much like maternity wear to my modern eyes), and thought, perversely, that it would be an interesting challenge to do Regency "right" (i.e. not maternity wear). I'll leave it to the viewer to decide whether I achieved my goal.
This is a Regency day dress. It's made of cotton with woven stripes and Swiss dot. The pattern was self-drafted, with extensive reference to other costume blogs online. I sewed it by hand, since I meant it to be a living history project. It goes over my hand-sewn Regency stays and chemise.
I wore it first to a 2015 steampunk event in Laurelhurst Park, Portland OR (more pictures of that in a moment!). I later wore it, along with bonnet and reticule and other costume things, to the Oregon Regency Society's Picnic at Pittock Mansion in July of the same year.