In preparation for the Sailing Masters Ball this May, I've been working on a striped cotton voile 1812-1814 gown.
|Illustration from Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion|
I am not as familiar with the construction of this era as I am with others, so I have been taking it very slow. The next step is the one that terrifies me the most: Attaching the gathered "bib" front. The part I have already constructed will serve as a support, and a stay.
I was having real trouble visualizing how exactly it all goes together, so SG directed me to a great diagram she found from from the Etsy site of HerOdyssey. I found them to be extremely helpful.
From Her Odyssey on Etsy
The fabric, acquired as Osgood Textile in West Springfield, MA, was VERY sheer. I backed it with plain white cotton muslin, and basted the layers together. It's a lovely cream and pale tan stripe that works better for my complexion than stark white. It gathered up rather easily across the narrow back piece. I am still amazed at how tiny the pattern pieces looked.
The skirt: Constructed of three trapezoids, and one rectangle gathered across the narrow center back.
I decided that I needed a spring green silk taffeta bonnet to go with this ensemble, and to dress it up a bit. I used a pattern that is more suited to the 1770s-1790s, but it's not too far off, and is much more likely to see use for Revolutionary War era events.
I had fun making the bows and the puffings. I think it needs some more saturated spring green embellishments, though.
My deadline is the Regency picnic, and the ball May 10, 2014. I have a show the same weekend. Let's do this.