I like the two outer lilies and think I shall place one above the other, with possibly some hint of leaves or something to round out the design.
more than I’d like to admit – it’s not that I put them on the wrong side, I
Time to start a new Regency gown. I have this lovely black linen stripe that I will wear this weekend to an event hosted by Le Bon Ton.
I started out thinking that maybe I would make another bibfront, since I now like it much better with my new long stay underneath giving me the proper shape. But, like I’ve stated previously, I’m still not sure about this design. I almost feel like it’s the Regency version of overalls, and frankly, overalls are no one’s friend…
See why one should wear a petticoat ladies? Muslin is rather see through.
So, the mental debate rages on. I’ve attempted the drawstring previously, and failed to make one I particularly like. Nora has given me a few tips that give me hope and so I am altering a patten from two that I currently like. The back of my new purple sheer…
(This is just showing my alterations of the original Janet Arnold pattern.)
And the front of my bodiced petticoat.
So far, so good.
I’ve actually gotten a bit further than this stage, but have failed to take pictures yet. Have I mentioned how much I love this fabric? The stripes are subtle yet give it visual interest. I have the notion to add box pleat ruffles around the sleeve and neck line. We’ll see if I have time. After the event this weekend, It will make a nice under dress for sheers to go over as black was not an oft used color unless one was mourning, or (gasp!) worked for a living.
Yes, it has been well over a year since I stumbled through a posting. But! I am happy to report that time was not wasted and following is a bit of my activities over the months.
Rolling back the calendar to…
Summer last, we went to the beach with friends several times, because that’s what Oregonians do you see.
I think the pups enjoy it as much as we do
The view just sets my heart at ease
My Regency events were as follows:
In May, a picnic in Eugene
I just loved this blue gown
The Annual Pittock picnic in July
The (faux) Fox Hunt in September
I decorated a top hat for my riding outfit, and I really just want to wear the thing all the time
The October Autumn Assembly. My and Nora’s first event that we planned and executed. It was quite lovely and simple.
The JASNA convention!! Oh how I wish wish wish I could have attended this conference as it was right here in my home town!! I, however, had to settle with merely perusing the shop that was set up.
A Tea in Sumner, WA November last
A crossover gown I think I’ve taken apart since…
What sly look is this?
And we keep on rolling on into this year…
January brought our 2nd Winter Feast, with, I believe, over 30 dishes. It was a culinary delight, especially the lavender cheesecake with a blueberry topping. We had dancing, singing and a charming puppet show.
oh the cheesecake!!
Which brings us to February, and a mutual birthday between Mary and me. We had a lovely tea in honor of the occasion. Here is a gown I don’t think I’ve shown before. I embroidered the bodice with silver thread (something I don’t recommend for the easily frustrated) The jury is still out on this gown as I’m not entirely sure I like bib fronts.
I may regret posting these, but I did make a new corset around this time which I am in love with. It makes all my gowns fit better and makes me look so nice. I have plans on making this again, but shorter waisted for ease at events like picnics.
Still with me? Excellent!
May brings us to the opening events of the town of Astoria’s Bicentennial celebration. Nora and I celebrated the year 1812 in style. Oh yeah, and we got to take a 3 hour cruise on a period appropriate vessel in the harbor. It’s ok. You can go ahead and be jealous now. Oh I have a new gown here, however, I’ve just detached the bodice form the skirt to revamp it, so I’ll probably show progress picture of that at some point.
We next had the notion to emulate Miss Austen’s Emma and gather our friends for a picnic and strawberry picking excursion in June. We were blessed with beautiful weather and many friends.
And now comes July, and the annual Pittock picnic. We had so much fun, we met many new friends, played blindman’s bluff, I saw some card playing and I believe some magic tricks. Nora and I each made a new gown; each entirely by hand. Each had intricate detail and we are prodigiously proud of them.