I'm having a Regency/1790-1820-themed picnic in a few weeks, and of course I wanted something new! Specifically, a mid-1790s open robe. Which, obviously, this is not, but I need something to go under the robe. I'd put it at about 1795, because it's obviously quite high-waisted, but hasn't yet moved to the (more flattering by modern standards, ahem) flat-fronted "standard Regency" gown that you start seeing about the turn of the century. And it's still worn over a very 18th-century foundation.
So, round gown, which, despite the bad hair, deserved an attempt at pics on its own. I say "attempt" because everything being blinding white doesn't make for stellar pics!
|Pinning the lining - lining, petticoat bodice, and stays are all white linen so it's a little hard to see!|
|Gathering stitches at the waist, the rest just pinned in, hopefully nicely.|
|Basted and trimmed|
I'm wearing it over my neoclassical bodiced petticoat - different from my Regency petti because it's got a pleated rather than flat front! not particularly slimming - and my mid-1790s stays, which are a mashup of the two 1790s stays in Corsets and Crinolines. They're shaped like your standard last-quarter-18thc stays, just with the tabs cut off to make them higher-waisted, and with a small bust gusset put in. (I made them 5 years ago and never made a dress to go with - the construction isn't great but happily the shape is good!) And they have the silly padded balls attached to the back! Which look entirely ridiculous but do in fact support the skirt.