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