|Early 1800s black round gown Museo de Traje|
Did I want to make a Regency mourning gown for a Festival though? Well, why not, 'In the midst of life we are in death:' I could be mourning any of the Royals as Elizabeth Grant amusingly mentions in her memoir's.
“While we were at Ramsgate the old kings delirium had become so alarmingly violent it was supposed his bodily strength must give way........So my ‘careful’ mother, fearing black would rise, bought up at a sale there a quantity of bombazeen....What was to be done with all the bombazeen? We just had to wear it, and trimmed plentifully with crimson it really looked very well”. (1811-1812). ‘Memoirs of a Highland Lady’ by Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus.
So a black gown I will make. But what trim to use to brighten up the black? Red? Pink? Silver? Gold?
Solution? Cut out the embroidery and applique onto my black silk voile.
I think this will look beautiful under the candles in the Assembly Rooms and Roman Baths on the night of the ball.
This is another bib fronted gown, for my 'little white Regency dress' I use the Hungarian Chicks fabulous tutorial. For this gown I am using Janet Arnold's POF bib fronted gown from 1798-1805 for inspiration, a good friend made the same gown and wore it to our Regency dinner party a while back and I was inspired to give it a try.
The bodice pattern was so tiny, but the skirt pattern was fine, it is draping nicely.
Once again I adapted my Sense and Sensibility Elegant Ladies Closet bodice pattern. This time I added the side seam piece into the bodice front and altered the back to be square and cut it on the cross (bias). I also altered the sleeves to have a gathered elbow and removed the sleeve dart. I can do so much with Jennie's pattern, I love its adaptability especially as the Regency shape is already excellent.
|Close-up of decal on back of bodice|
|Another view, further out, looks good, yes? Its not crooked, just badly put onto Ermentrude!|
Here it is pinned together to see what it looks like before I start hand stitching the appliques onto the skirt. The skirt is almost transparent, hmmm, might need a black under petticoat.
|Back view with train, skirt only pinned to bodice, lovely train shape|
|Bib front with its applique and silver neck edging|
|Back view with applique and silver neck edging|
|Voile overskirt, now I'm respectable <grin>|
To get to the above I did these steps:
|Adding lining to front skirt at the waist|
|Gathered the bib front waist|
|Gathered the back section of skirt, 20 " into 1 1/2 "|
|Attached unlined back skirt to bodice and pleated|
Attached the underskirt to the back skirt waist
I have finished the gown as much as I can, I fly out on Saturday so what is done, is done, I would have liked more trim, but no time, I still have other projects to complete. I will take photos in Bath and add them on my return.