Log in

Regency and Romantic Era Clothing

> recent entries
> calendar
> friends
> profile
> previous 20 entries

Monday, May 7th, 2012
11:27 pm - A simple capote

Finally completed a capote based on designs from the early 1800s!

Read about the construction here :)Collapse )

current mood: pleased

(2 comments | comment on this)

Saturday, March 31st, 2012
7:45 am - My 1820s gown - in progress

Originally posted by aylwen at My 1820s Gown - in progress
I've been sewing my interpretation of this dress over the past few days, taking photos whenever I remembered.
It has ended up quite challenging - I keep looking at pictures and working out ways to copy, wishing I had the actual dress in front of me.
I am making two versions of this dress - this one is for a client and was supposed to be sewn by machine. My own version was to be sewn by hand and will be finished afterwards. You can follow past research and progress on my blog.
I don't have time to sew the entire dress by hand and wish to use the machine where possible, but I must say that most of it has ended up sewn by hand, and its taking me longer than I anticipated.

Lining up the stripes on the back

Binding the front open edges

Preparing the front detail. It was easier to bind before cutting it out.

Pinning in place 

Close up showing the binding loops

Gathering the centres of the bows

Three more bows to go. 

Side shot with flash showing first bow

Three bows, one to go. The mannequin is too large so the bodice is not sitting well tonight.

(3 comments | comment on this)

Saturday, June 18th, 2011
3:30 pm - 19th US Corset patterns FYI

These stays, are likely dated to 1820's or later, due to their eyelets (Which I STILL have not found solid dating for when those ivory/bone eyelets were used)
Ohio Historical Society's web-page on them lists a date of 1830
Also they were deaccessioned in 2007!
If you want to see the listing (sans pictures) try clicking this link

Also the child's corset Is dated to 1831
"According to the donor, the item was brought from England to the United States around 1831."
try this link

I did not find the Missouri Historical Society stays on their website

So please consider

(2 comments | comment on this)

12:55 am - Easy Bonnet

Having not so long ago re-cut a straw hat for making a bonnet, I am kinda kicking myself now for not seeing these sooner: http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SCALA-SEWN-BRAID-SUN-VISOR-SWEATBAND-10-COLORS-/220798153955?pt=US_Hats&hash=item33689874e3

Seriously how easy would it to be to add a fabric bag (To match your dress) and trimmings? I think the best part is that the straw comes in colors!

(comment on this)

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
2:57 pm - Regency Gentleman's Tailcoat Workshop, 21-22 May 2011

Aylwen Gardiner-Garden is running a 2-day workshop this weekend in Canberra, Australia, teaching how to make a historically-accurate regency gentleman's tailcoat. For more information go to Regency Reproductions. Included in the costs are refreshments and a copy of the newly-released pattern.

You can read about Aylwen's costuming adventures on her blog, History in my Wardrobe.

(comment on this)

Monday, January 24th, 2011
2:55 pm - Decorative busk Finished!!!

I finally finished the Decorated busk I mentioned in my last post: http://community.livejournal.com/regencyclothing/45888.html

Detail Shots!!!Collapse )

Happy Sewing everyone!

current mood: happy

(1 comment | comment on this)

Friday, November 12th, 2010
10:09 pm - 1810 Gown from page 158 of The Cut of Woman's Clothes by Norah Waugh.

I probably started this project about two years ago. Tons of school, and three mock-ups later I finally had a finished pair of corded stays last spring. Over the summer I made the rest of the underpinnings and the dress, finishing up around September. This was my first steps into the world of Regency, and I really like it so far :)

You can read the entire saga post by post in my LJ: http://izodiea.livejournal.com/?skip=10&tag=regency

Or, garment by garment under the Cut.Collapse )

(10 comments | comment on this)

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
5:10 pm - New Regency wear and shoot pictures!

There are new items added to the Regency wear page and worn in this new shoot!

More pictures and info!Collapse )

First off a dress called Eliza made out of cotton with a flower print.
Altough you cannot see on this picture, it has a round neckline,puffsleeves with trumpetsleeves and it closes in the back with either buttons or hooks and eyes.
The dress is a little longer in the back then the front and has pleats.

Worn over the dress is a velvet Spencer with a round collar and a peplum.
This spencer has a decorated back and long sleeves with cording and trimming.
The spencer closes in front with hooks and eyes and a buckle.
The bonnet is made out of straw and coverd with lace ,velvet and satin ribbon.
The bonnet can be made upon order.


This dress is a French ballgown and inspired by Josephine and as tribute also called Josephine.
It consist of an Ivory taffeta dress with beige trimming, a square neckline and closing in the back.
Worn over the dress is a mintgreen taffeta train wich closes on the raised waistline with velvet tape and a hook.
The train is embellished with blond lace, beige trimming and faux pearls.

*click on the pictures to go to the website page, change the language from Dutch to English by clicking the English flag on your left*

Photographer: Eline Spek
MUA: Eva van der Horst

(2 comments | comment on this)

Sunday, July 25th, 2010
8:50 pm - Sewing a feature at the Jane Austen Festival Australia

It has become tradition for regency fashion to feature at the Jane Austen Festival Australia, and I've just made up the poster for the 2011 festival, with lots of lovely pictures of participants in costume.
If you would like to do a regency sewing demonstration, workshop or talk during the festival please let the festival know as soon as possible.

Jane Austen Festival Australia 14-17 April 2011 

current mood: cheerful

(1 comment | comment on this)

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
2:04 am - In need of HELP! :(
thechambermaid  I hope I'm doing this right... I just joined LiveJournal two seconds ago to post this.  I also hope this community hasn't completely died and everyone's left it!  I'm absolutely crazy about anything to do with the Regency era, and am dying to have some clothes that look like they're from that period in time.  What I'm going to do with them once I have them, don't ask me, but I feel a passion rising up inside of me and I can't fight it! XD Okay, so that was a little dramatic.  But regardless, I figure that the least expensive way to get these clothes would be to learn to make them myself.  The only problem is, I haven't sewn a thing in my life.  I don't even know where to begin.  Could someone take me under their wing so to speak and point me in the right direction?  I would be forever grateful. :)

- Kelly

current mood: excited

(12 comments | comment on this)

Friday, May 21st, 2010
6:09 pm - horizontal stripes?

Hello all! I just found this great community, and maybe some of you could help me with a Regency costuming conundrum:

I have some very pretty and very period-looking roller printed cotton that I'd like to use to make a woman's day dress circa 1810-20, BUT it has horizontal rather than vertical stripes. Now, for the life of me, I can't recall ever seeing a striped dress from this period that had anything but vertical stripes.

So, has anyone here ever seen a fashion plate or existing gown from this era with horizontal stripes?? And if so, could you direct me to a book or website where I could see one?

I thought of just using the fabric sideways, but my mother seems to believe that one should never do that under any circumstances if you want your garment to fit right. Does anyone have any experience in that matter? Does going against the grain really matter that much with plain old cotton calico?

Any and all advice would be much appreciated! :)

Edit: Thanks for all your helpful input! I think I will go ahead and do it sideways. I really want vertical stripes, and that's totally true about border printed fabrics - they use the selvage for the hem, and I've never had any problems using those. I'll go forth and sew with no fear now! :D

current mood: hopeful

(8 comments | comment on this)

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
7:17 am - Regency Stays


I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good pattern for regency stays. I'm looking for something that can be made up in a few days .

Thank you

current mood: cheerful

(9 comments | comment on this)

Sunday, April 25th, 2010
9:01 am - Linen Fabric Online?

Hi guys...

My former supervisor (a super neat lady and costumer) had recommended a great site that had high quality, inexpensive linen. I think it was fabrics-store.com...has anyone purchased from them? I am going to be making a man's regency shirt and neckcloth, as well as a regency shift and was wondering what weight to buy. I've never purchased fabric online before -- it's not easy to figure out how heavy or how sheer something is from a tiny square image on my screen!

Thanks! (Sorry for cross-posting)

current mood: cheerful

(5 comments | comment on this)

Sunday, March 21st, 2010
10:10 am - Midshipman's uniform for a "squeaker"

Although my son is just learning to walk, I would like to get a jump start on research, etc that will help me create a uniform for a  young midshipman in the Royal Navy circa 1800-1812. Can anyone suggest books, portraits, drawings, original source documents, or patterns that will help me develop a greater understanding of a midshipman's life in the RN as well as guide me in creating an historically appropriate set of garments?


current mood: cheerful

(14 comments | comment on this)

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
1:06 pm - Regency Underwear

Hi everyone!

I have an unusual request to make of you all. The Medieval Studies club at Binghamton University is putting together an academic conference on the history of underwear from the classical period to 1750. Tied in to this event will be another, a fashion show entitled "Underwear Through The Ages."

We're looking for samples of underwear from the classical period to the present day, particularly 18th century, Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian underwear (for both men and women, preferably as historically accurate as possible.) If any of you have pieces you would like to loan to the university for the fashion show (to be held April 24th, 2010) please email me at hallen1@binghamton.edu. We would pay for postage both ways and insurance on the garments, and your name would be in the program as the owner/maker. We are looking for all sizes.

If you think you would be interested in helping us out with this, please let me know!

Thank you very much for your time!


(1 comment | comment on this)

Friday, January 22nd, 2010
6:05 pm - Regency Costumes

Hi all!

I am a theatre teacher currently in the process of directing a production of Pride & Prejudice. I am looking for Regency clothing patterns (particularly for males!) and was hoping that one of you could direct me to the right place. (I am also willing to buy or rent, but I truly feel that making the costumes would simply be cheaper.)

Many thank yous in advance for your help!

(8 comments | comment on this)

Friday, December 11th, 2009
8:39 am - Regency Ball Gown

My other Mississinewa project, a ball gown for Miss B. Yes, we're using the term 'ball' loosely; dance held in a big tent in the midst of a muddy field is more to the point. However, it did require some fancy new duds, and I posted them in my journal.

(comment on this)

Monday, December 7th, 2009
8:23 pm - Regency Walking Habit

I recently made a walking habit for an 1812 re-enactment and (of course) posted it to my journal. Check it out there.

current mood: chipper

(9 comments | comment on this)

Monday, November 9th, 2009
11:10 pm - The Georgia Regency Society invites you to Tea


My name is Stephanie Coté, and I am the founder of the brand new Georgia Regency Society, a chapter of the Regency Society of America. It has been brought to my attention that the members of this group may be interested in joining us for our events so I am here to introduce us and invite you to be a part of the Georgia Regency Society.

We are a group of people who have come together through the love of all things from this era, whether it be the clothing, food, culture, music and dance, literature, or just good company. Our first event is coming up in a few weeks and it's my pleasure to invite you all to join us on December 5th, 2009 for a Regency Costumed Afternoon Tea and Lunch at the Sugarplums Tea Room in scenic Canton, Georgia.

For full details and RSVP information please see the events page of our website. If you'd like to RSVP, or have any questions or comments, please direct them to info@garegency.org.

Thank you so much, we hope to see you there!

Stephanie Coté
The Georgia Regency Society

x-posted to garegency, 19th_century, janeaustenfans, teafortwo, oldfashioned, regencyclothing, jane_austen, reenacting, and livinghistory

current mood: excited

(comment on this)

Saturday, October 17th, 2009
3:01 pm - Historical Fashions Blog

I started a Historical Fashions picture blog over on Tumblr today! You don't have to be a member to see the photos, so feel free to bookmark it and check it often - posts are queued and every hour a new photo is posted automatically. If you ARE member of Tumblr, feel free to join and post! Let me know how you like it :) This includes the Regency era along with others - I am using fashions from the Middle Ages all the way up to the 1950s (and occasionally special circumstances for any garments later).


x-posted around

(2 comments | comment on this)

> previous 20 entries
> top of page