I have made this pattern three times and it’s wonderful. It’s easy to fit due to the drawstring front and I love the small triangle back.
The first one is a green reproduction print on a quilting weight cotton. It’s perhaps a bit heavy, but it wears well. I was unsure how the back was supposed to be sewn and did it slightly different but it turned out okay.
The second one is made out of a shirting fabric and I gathered the back of the skirt instead of pleating because I didn’t want it to be obvious if I got off with the stripes. 🙂 The net lace is a vintage find from etsy that works beautifully as a tucker.
The last one is made from a silk cotton from Mood. Unfortunately, I only got one wear out of it as it shrunk horribly even though I washed it on cold. *sigh*
I’m not sure how, but this is the first regency dress I’ve blogged even though I’ve made about five so far. I think I need to find photos of the others and make a “catch-up Regency” mass post. Anyway…
This is essentially my wearable mock-up of the ball gown I am making for a Regency ball coming up. I used the Laughing Moon 126 and aside from narrowing the upper back piece slightly and gathering the skirt instead of pleating, this is without any major changes.
- Pattern: Laughing Moon 126
- Fabric: Dotted Swiss from Hancock Fabrics
- Chemisette: from etsy (because I’m lazy/pressed for time)
- Cap: from etsy (also for the above reason)
- Straw bonnet: It wasn’t etsy because it’s not in my history and it’s been too long so I can’t remember. 😦
The things I would do differently:
- Narrow the sleeves slightly. I don’t have skinny arms and they are still a bit too loose on me.
- Add 2″ to the bottom of the bodice tapering from the sides to the front. I just need more length from the “waist” to make it over the girls. I’ll also be adding another 1″ to the front of the bib if I don’t plan on wearing a chemisette for coverage.
- Add more width to the sides of the front skirt piece from the hips down. Because the skirt is basically flat aside from the massive amount of pleats/gathers in the back, I thought the skirt pulled a bit at my hips. Tapering the skirt out should help with that.
- Lengthen the ties. I’d rather have them longer so they can be tied around the front under the bib than hang down the back, but that’s a personal preference. I’d also make them narrower.
Things to keep in mind:
- I got away with doing gathers instead of the pleats because my dotted swiss is quite thin. If my fabric were any thicker, I wouldn’t have gotten all the gathers to fit.
- The skirt is a perfect length for me and I’m 5’8″ so if you are shorter plan accordingly.
Here’s one more at the event I wore this to, a concert at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, that shows the cap.