Project Journal: 1815-1820 Regency Ensemble: Part VII: Gown Progress

I’ve been stitching away at the re-make of my 1819 Regency gown. The progress:

  • the bodice and skirt ruffles are all being hemmed by hand and there is only one skirt ruffle left to complete
  • the bodice has been put together, with the exception of sleeves and the finishing of the neck edge
  • the seams on the bodice are finished by hand (each seam is flat felled to hide the raw edges on the inside)

Skirt ruffles in progress: I've actually completed more than is pictured

The hem and join of one skirt ruffle

The bodice seams with ruffles inserted

The rolled hem on the bodice ruffles

Center front on the bodice has a double edged ruffle

The flat felled seams on the inside of the bodice

The flat felled seam used on each seam on the bodice and the hand sewn top stitching (which is only along these curved back seams)

Here is a refresher of the bodice inspiration image. My bodice looks like a reasonable interpretation to me. I am quite pleased with the progress and overall look so far. How do you think my interpretation compares?

The inspiration for my bodice

Lastly, here is the image of the sleeve I plan to use. I described the sleeve in my last post, an overview of my planned gown updates. The sleeve is on a page with many other sleeve variations from the 1830s, but I think that it will suit my 1819 Regency (pushing 1820s) dress quite well. I am debating the possibility of outlining the triangular inset with piping. Do you think that would suit the dress and be a faithful representation of the double line delineating the inset in the image? Alternatively, there is a possibility that I might use green piping or ribbon (the same shade of green used  in my 1819 spencer) to delineate that line. But then must I also use the green somewhere else to create visual harmony? Hmm…

From the first few pages of Janet Arnold's early 19th century pattern book

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4 responses to “Project Journal: 1815-1820 Regency Ensemble: Part VII: Gown Progress

  1. It’s so ruffley and wonderful! I love it!

  2. This gown will be spectacular!!! Your details are wonderful. The ruffle’s just gorgeous…I would definately add piping to the inserts. If you decide to add some colour, it should definately also be added on the hem as an applique or piping. The colour should support the embelishment, but not dominate it.
    Looking forward very much to seeing that beautiful dress finished:)))
    Happy sewing,
    Sabine

    P.S. And yes please, consider to create some 1820s garments, by now they seem to be a bit neglected by costumers.

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