Well, apologies everyone for being absent from Tumblr so long, (apart from the odd reblog or two) In between the new job, new flat and the reenactment season touching down with a vengeance, I’ve been pretty busy this summer - including my first go at a formal Regency ball gown!
The white gowns I did for @mercurygray and @summerinavonlea impressed one of my reenactment friends, who commissioned a ballgown from me. My brief was that the colours had to be blue and black,as her boyfriend is a black Brunswicker re-enactor for the Napoleonic War, and she wanted to match him at all the regency balls and victory dances! Apart from that, and the vague time period of 1812, I was free to do as I liked!
Well, this dress has probably been one of the most - eh, complicated projects I’ve done, just because real life kept intervening and it kept getting stuffed in the project drawer. THe first fabric I ordered was a much brighter blue (and way more polyester) than I anticipated - and whilst I gave it a go making it up, it all started to look a bit “David’s Bridal” prom dress when it started coming together. The electric blue polyester was thrown in recycling. Back to the drawing board!
The blue changeable taffeta fabric worked much better. But I’m a glutton for punishment. What did I do, but stick lots of trimming all over my design? Hand-sewing those suckers down on the sleeves left me cursing myself - and you can see I got rid of the layers of trim on the under sleeve, going for beads at the edge instead. By that point, I was a bit fed up with trim!
I’m now on to the thankless tack of sewing on the ribbon trim on the skirt. It looks great but getting all those silly diagonals correct? Yeesh!
Hopefully this will be finished by the end of this week…