Anyway, Madame Modiste gave a Regency-themed tea for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice, which was yesterday, and I needed a new dress! Well, "needed." I've been itching to expand my Regency-era wardrobe, and this was a good excuse.
I thought the fabric looked just like something out of the 1995 P&P movie, so I called it the Lizzie Bennett dress. :)
It came out rather well, though I want to do some sleeve-fixin's before I wear it again - there's too much fabric at the front of the sleeve. And I want to make some long detachable sleeves, too. And a new bonnet! But it held up quite well for a first wearing.
It's hand-sewn with silk thread - I'd usually use cotton on cotton fabric, but I didn't have cotton thread to match the fabric, and I had silk, so...silk it was.
The fabric is a block printed cotton, from Heritage Trading on ebay. The bodice and sleeves are lined in white cotton, and the skirt is unlined (which is why you can see the line where my petticoat ends! I should make a longer petticoat...or not).
And yes, my shift sleeves were apparently showing all day...
A couple more photos, from Madame Modiste and SewLoud
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