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It's so pretty... by Janes-Wardrobe It's so pretty... by Janes-Wardrobe
So here is the finished dress. The title 'It's so pretty' is a reference to the only words that came out of my nieces mouth last week when she tried on the first Regency style dress I made. From being a noisy 13 yr old with a non-stop voice she became a tiny quiet young lady and repeated the words 'It's pretty, it's so pretty' - completely lost for any other words. :D

Worn over a plain white cotton slip, this dress is made from a very lightweight silk. The pattern is that of an original evening dress dating to 1816-19 but with different finishing detail. The original had a plethera of silk net, this dress has padded rouleau loops, which was popular decoration at the time. The bottom of the sleeves and the bodice are finished with padded rouleau loops, the hem is finished with padded tucks in imitation of the rouleau loop decoration and the rope detail round the neckline is another padded rouleau loop twisted and sewn in place by hand.

The back of the skirt is gathered with tiny cartridge pleats, the front is completely plain. The skirt of the original dress was four panels wide, the width of the panels was quite narrow, probably the width of the silk fabric used to make the dress. In the early 19th century silk was often available in narrow widths of between 18" and 27" (45 - 67 cm). I decided not to cut the silk that was provided so the skirt of this dress is slightly fuller than the original as I used two widths of 45" (115cm) silk in the skirt so this skirt has approximately 10" (25cm) more fabric than the original.

work in progress pics work in progress pics [link]

finished bodice [link]

Available to order [link]
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:iconteapot-mysteries:
Teapot-Mysteries Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
need to make something like this for halloween (sick of being sexy kitten ) do you have any tips?
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
choose some nice light fabric, cotton or silk, something floaty. It uses a lot less fabric than you'd think, all the gathers are at the back. Make the bodice very fitted and if you want it to be historically accurate the style is worn wide on the shoulders.
In the Regency period dresses were often made of sheer transparent fabrics and worn over sleeveless petticoats to preserve modesty. Only the bodice and sleeves were gernerally lined.
Good luck :D
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Teapot-Mysteries Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the info its been really usefull. going to go fabric shopping next week and i will take your comment with me. sweeeeee fabric shopping.
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cooplet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student
This dress is absolutely beautiful :) well done
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Thank you
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Isiswardrobe Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
It's very pretty indeed!
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
thank you
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have to say, the twist at the neckline is just beautiful, it brings a "simple" design a whole new level of beautiful.

If I got to wear something like this at 13, I'd be lost for words, too :D
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Thank you. A detail spotted on another period dress by my commissioner, all I did was check it out and do the work ;)

And the 13 yr old didn't get to try this dress on, she was wearing this [link]

There's no way I would trust a customer commission to any 13 yr old - no matter how perfectly behaved and freshly bathed she was! ;)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Oh, see, I thought you made it for her ~ you'd be the nicest person ever to do that :D I like the one she's wearing, though ~ I wouldn't be able to wear the color, but man... very pretty (both the cream of her dress, and the green of this one. I couldn't wear either!)

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