sunnuntai 1. heinäkuuta 2012

Trip to Bath, part 1

 I'm travelling to London in September and I also plan to go the yearly Jane Austen Festival in Bath which conveniently begins during my trip (I confess, I had a cunning plan when I booked the flights...). Of course the event is a perfect excuse for making Regency costumes! So far I've finished short stays and a shift, high waisted petticoat and I'm now embroidering the hem of my first gown. Also, I have a spencer in the making.


                                           






Here the gown has no sleeves or back fastenings yet. I'm trying it on for size. I crocheted the bonnet from paper yarn :)

Some time ago I knitted a lovely Shetland lace shawl. I think it matches the look perfectly.


Oh, and I made a chemisette too. I really like how it turned out. The pattern is from Janet Arnold book.


A little peek of the hem embroidery. The dress seemed to call for some kind of fern pattern.

7 kommenttia:

  1. Now, your blog makes me want to make regency costumes as well! If there just was more time! By the way, do you have an 18th or 19th century society down there in Vaasa?

    VastaaPoista
  2. Heh, the regency things are a lot easier to make than 18th century clothes! No, there aren't any societies here, not that I know of at least. Vaasa is a bit backwards that way :P

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. It's the same thing with Oulu. No 18th, nor 19th century societies... But it's easy to travel to Helsinki nowadays. With Norwegian's cheap flight tickets and an hour flight it feels like it isn't that far from here at all. I'm hoping to see you in some of the events there! Of course you must take out your costumes to show them off somewhere! :)

      Poista
  3. Kirjoittaja on poistanut tämän kommentin.

    VastaaPoista
  4. Hi Nora,

    Haha, I think I have made a mess of my comments - I called you by the wrong name, and then tried to delete, and then commented again, but in the wrong place... Anyway, I was originally commenting to inquire as to the weight of the fabric used for your chemisette! I would like to make a few, but most of the cotton I have come across is too heavy - is this heavyweight organdy?

    Thanks!

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. :) No worries. Hmm, the fabric I used for the chemisette (and also for the shift, petticoat and the dress) was lightweight cotton. I'm sorry I can't be very specific, the shop has since stopped selling it and I spent ages trying to find something similar. Anyway, I'd say the fabric was just very ordinary thin cotton, not voile or organdy or anything like that; if you look at the very last photo on this post http://shadowofmyhand.blogspot.fi/2012/07/regency-whites.html, you can sort of see the sheerness.
      It never stops to amaze me how difficult it is to find plain, thin cotton fabric. You'd think that should be a staple product in fabric shops. I recently found cotton voile, and that seems to work well for Regency dresses and accessories. Hope this helps!

      Poista
    2. Thanks so much! I agree, it is surprisingly hard to find plain, thin fabric that isn't slubby and low-grade (like muslin as we know it today). I will be off on the hunt for some light cotton voile, now!

      Poista