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Beaded Regency Court Dress (Part 3)

I’m still working on the rest of the court ensemble but at least my dress is complete! B.JPG

I didn’t have all my accessories yet at the time so I wore a pearl tiara I had instead of a Regency diadem and did a quick updo. (My next post will be about Regency diadems; I got together with a group of friends for a tiara-making day).D.JPG

You can read Parts 1 and 2 for more information, but to summarize a few details, my dress is made up of one layer of beaded and sequined mesh, an interlining of seam foam chiffon, and a lining of cotton voile. It is made from Butterick B6074 View B, with some modifications:

  • I combined some pattern pieces to minimize seams in the beaded fabric.
  • I skipped the gathered overlay on the bodice which is recommended for solid fabrics.
  • I raised the back neckline about 1 inch.
  • I extended the bottom front bodice about 1 inch since I was not trying to achieve the tiny bodice/pushup bra look.

Note: Butterick B6074 runs large! It has a lot of ease built in for the modern wearer. I recommend going down 2 sizes.

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For undergarments I am wearing a shift, short stays, a corded petticoat and a ruffled petticoat. I normally would not wear a corded petticoat with Regency but this dress is heavy.

I have decided to go with a rose velvet for the train, and I have been spending far too much time searching for pink velvets, getting swatches, and looking for trim. However, I think we have a winner. IMG_1185.JPG

I still need to order the rest of the fabric and find the trim, but I’ve purchased lining and have the pattern ready. I’m mulling over whether I should use my leftover beads and sequins to decorate the trim, but that may be madness speaking.

By the way, in case you think my life is glamorous, here’s a peek at real life (bad posture, clutter, and photobombing) vs. the cropped version of a selected few pictures for the blog!img_1155

UPDATE:

I wrote a tutorial for this dress, which Fabric Wholesale Direct spiffed and made into this post on their website! 

All the fabric I used for this project is from Fabric Wholesale Direct. Thank you!

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20 responses »

  1. Simply lovely! How much do you figure your regency dress weighs?

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  2. You will be the bell of the ball! Your work is truly lovely!

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  3. This is fantastic! One of my favorite Regency reproduction gowns I’ve seen. I wanted to try this style (beaded sheer fabric overlay) but I knew my skill set and time frame weren’t there yet. This is inspiring!

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    • Thank you Jane! I’m flattered it’s inspiring to you. If you want to try your hand at a sheer dress I’d recommend you do a solid dress and then reuse the pattern for a sheer dress to make things easier!

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  4. You look beautiful – the fabrics are simply gorgeous! I love how it will be paired with a pink velvet train, it really is a winner. I’m really looking forward to seeing your diadem post, too.

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  5. What an outstanding creation! As a retired Costume designer for stage, I am aghast at your perseverance, patience, and sense of calm (“What do you MEAN I have to unstitch the entire skirt?!”). Been there, done that, but not with beaded net fabric! Truly a joy to behold, and most hearty congratulations! Have enjoyed every step of your journey–look forward to the cape!
    Sharon

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  6. Lovely! Great job!

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  7. This is my first time to your blog! I had to subscribe immediately. Where did you get your tiara? I have trouble finding non-costumey ones to use.

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  8. That is a lovely dress you did such a stunning and fantastic job on it! I can’t wait to see the train!

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  9. Pingback: Regency/Napoleonic Court Train (Part 1) | Fresh Frippery

  10. This is absolutely stunning!!!!!

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