Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Regency Dress for Clara

I am happy, happy to be sewing again! This weekend I made a spring dress for Clara from Sense and Sensibility's Regency pattern. An excellent value pattern as the sizing runs from Clara's slight measurements up to a very generous 22 or so.

She chose the short sleeves, and picked out this soft cotton-rayon blend plaid from the stash. I remembered to match my plaid lines, and to make a muslin to fit the bodice.


My work on the muslin paid off in spades: after pinching various gaping issues out, enlarging the armscye, and raising the front neckline, we had a perfect fit.

23 comments:

Linda said...

Lovely. Congratulations to Clara for becoming such a lovely young woman. Perfect fabric choice.

Amy said...

It's lovely! I love Regency-style dresses...I'm keeping my eyes open for a good pattern. Do you think that with a little help from my expeirienced Mom, a semi-beginner could make one of the Sense-and-Sensibility patterns?
Clara is such a beautiful young lady!

Tracy said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!

Mrs.KAOS said...

The dress is lovely, the other dresses I have seen of yours are also lovely. I had been thinking about ordering their dress patterns, but I am not the strongest at sewing yet. Was it easy to use?

YayaOrchid said...

Clara looks so pretty and feminine in that dress! You did an excellent job on it and I too love the fabric.

I hope your Mother is doing well and recuperating nicely from her surgery. Your family continues in my prayers.

Suzanne said...

It came out lovely Anna! We have this pattern and I used it on my older girls, so timeless.

Tracy said...

Clara's dressing looks absolutely lovely. I had looked at those patterns and wondered how you'd go in our day and age with them. Shortening them to a modest but more relevant hem length is just perfect. I hadn't thought of it myself...silly me!

Polly said...

Lucky Clara!

Maiden of the King said...

Just lovely! How nice to see a young woman femininely and modestly attired -- the colors are beautiful, and the fit is just perfect. I love the look the diagonal gives the plaid on the side back piece!


Yours in Christ,
Shannon

The mom, the robot, and the dancer said...

It's really beautiful! What a lady! And your stitching is amazing! Excellent job Ms. Alterations! We love reading your blog, thanks for the posts!

Mrs.B said...

The dress is just lovely.

Anna, I'm just about to celebrate 2 years of blogging and yours is one of the blogs I've read from the start. It's been such a joy to see your children grow up and watch them change these last 2 years.

Many Blessings,
~Mrs.B

momawake said...

Very lovely, indeed!

han_ysic said...

It's lovely. the style and the colours work well. Can't wait to get out my sewing machine. i have a few vintage patterns I want to make first.

Hannah

gracelaced said...

how sweet and elegant--and well-crafted!

SK and Family said...

Oh, I think it's beautiful! Being a romantic, I would leave the length!

Julian said...

sew lovely!
Christina

Anonymous said...

That is so pretty. I have 3 girls and I'm thinking of ordering that pattern for my oldest. It's so hard to find modest clothing. I haven't been sewing for very long but I've managed to make my daughters several church dresses and this pattern would be a lovely addition to my patterns. Your daughter is beautiful.
In Christ,
Lori

Anonymous said...

Something tells me that the sweet simple elegant appearance of that dress belies the skill it takes to sew it. It's beautiful, just perfect! I wish I could sew like that. . . or at least could find a dress like that on the racks in the stores for girls (you just can't)!

Emily

gracemercyandpeace said...

good job working out the pattern placement on your plaid for that back bodice! Worthy of highlighting with a photo, so pretty.

deb meyers

Brambleberry said...

That is the picture of grace. Lovely!

Tracy said...

It is beautiful! I have been thinking of buying this pattern too. I would love to know what you think the skill level is. Also, when you fit with the muslin, how do you translate that to the fabric? Do you take the muslin pattern apart and use that to cut the actual bodice? I hope I am making sense... ;)

Mrs. Rabe said...

Fantastic!

I recently made Jennie's girls regency pattern for my two younger girls! These patterns are a dream to work with!

I love the material you used, it is fresh and feminine!

Panda-Mom said...

I just jumped over here from Mississippi Girl and wanted you to know that I ADORE your photography! These are just amazing pictures that completely captured my attention. Not just the first post I saw, but ALL the pics. Thanks for sharing them! ; )

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