Friday, October 29, 2010

Christmas Projects Progress / Regency Gown Progress

I finished the dress for the first order today and have just a little ways to go on the doll dress. Here it is:
It is based off another dress that the mom of the girl I'm making it for had ordered from an Etsy shop a couple years ago.  Her little girl has grown out of that dress so she asked me to make one similar to it. The project was fun and easy.  Mrs. H bought the T-shirt from the store, then I cut off several inches from the bottom of the shirt, cut out the skirt, and sewed that onto the T-shirt.  I also added pockets of another fabric and made a fabric "flower" design similar to the one on S's original dress.  Cutting out the circles for the "flower" and positioning them just right was a challenge, but a good one.

I will be making another one of these for S's best friend once I get the fabric for it.  The doll dresses are also matching (I made the T-shirt piece for the doll dresses from the fabric I cut off from the bottom of the main T).

Today I also made the mock-up for my Regency gown for the ball.  This is the movie gown I decided to re-make.  It is so beautiful!

I'm altering the main pattern (Simplicity 4055, View A) so that it has a darted front instead of gathered; I am also adding a waistband and raising the neckline and inch or two.  I noticed that the sleeves in Jane's dress in the picture above appear to have a sheer material overlay, and I did not buy any fabric to do that; and the fabric seems to have an imprinted design, and my fabric doesn't have the either, but the basic construction will be the same, and the color similar.  (The camera did not capture the color accurately; it is a deeper green than the pictures show.)

(The smaller cut of fabric on top is the lining; the larger cut is for the main body of the dress.)

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


beast'sbelle said...

Great job on the dress for the girl-it turned out really cute. I can't wait to see how your Regency gown turns out! :) The fabric is so beautiful. I love regency dresses!

Farmgirl said...

Cool idea! What movie is that photo from!

Anonymous said...

About "Becoming Jane"--I'd say skip it. There's a rather sensual voice-over in one scene, and they have Jane behaving in a way that I can't believe the real Jane Austen would have done. But don't let that discourage you from making your pretty dress. The style is lovely, and I'm sure you'll have fun wearing it!

God bless,
~'Wild Rose' in Idaho~

Elinor Dashwood said...

Farmgirl ~ The photo is from the film "Becoming Jane".

Wild Rose ~ Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the movie! I had heard it has some questionable aspects and I don't think I'll watch it.

Colleen said...

Beautiful choice in fabric and pattern, can't wait to see it!

Anna Olivia said...

How amazing~ that almost looks exactly like the two types of fabric I've chosen for a Regency gown my sister is going to make me...from the same pattern, too! Wow. =)

I ADORE Sense and Sensibility, btw! Other than that particular story/movie(s), I pretty much dislike anything else Jane Austen. ;)
[The beloved Elinor and Marianne remind me of my sister and I...] <3

Elinor Dashwood said...

Anna Olivia,
I looked at the post you linked to and I think the fabric you chose is gorgeous! I can't wait to see the finished gown! :-)

I love Sense & Sensibility too; the Dashwood sisters reminds me of my sisters and me as well (hence the name of the blog. ;-) )

Thank you for the comment! :-)
~"Elinor" :-)

Christine said...

I'm going to have to agree with the above commentator and advise you not to see "Becoming Jane." I'm not a huge Jane Austen fan myself, but I found this movie so offensive that I turned it off after only 20 minutes. Any film about Jane Austen that contains boxing is not to be trusted. Also, the actress that plays Jane has a terribly fake British accent which is very distracting.
Dominus Vobiscum!

Elinor Dashwood said...

Thank you, Christine! The more I hear about the film, the more I think I probably won't watch it. It's too bad it's not a good film though because the costumes really are lovely. :-/