Thursday, December 16, 2010

Elinor's Sage Green Regency Gown

First of all, I know this looks a lot different than what I posted about here. That is because the thick satin I had originally bought was too thick and heavy and just not nice to work with, especially for a ballgown, and the darts were being so unruly and it was fitting well over my stays so I finally decided to buy new fabric and start all over again.

I'm glad I did!

Pattern Description: Simplicity 4055, View A (loosely based)

Pattern Sizing: Size 8

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not really. Again, I made some alterations so it doesn't look much like the original.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I feel like I'm repeating the last survey... the instructions were just peachy!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? See last post on this subject.

Fabric Used: Something new, finally! I actually don't remember what kind of fabric it was, technically. But it's very light and drapes wonderfully in the Regency style.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't alter it as much as Margaret's but the look ended up quite different. I cut the front bodice piece farther from the edge and at an angle to produce the gathered look. The front bodice and the back bodice I raised by a couple inches. I also shortened the skirt and fastened the back with hooks and eyes instead of buttons.

I was going to do a sheer overlay on the sleeves but the overlay fabric was shredding so much, so I didn't.

Would you sew it again? Definitely!

Would you recommend it to others? See above answer or previous post.

Okay, more pictures....

Hairstyle done by brilliant Marianne (thanks, Marianne! ) Didn't she do a lovely job? It was loosely based off of Lizzy's in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice (minus the pearls.)

The gloves are from Icing by Claire's. $15. The only opera-length gloves in the whole mall.

"Now he danced the first two with Jane, and the next with Charlotte Lucas, which vexed me greatly, but lo, there in the very next, nothing would please him better but to stand up with Jane again! And then of course he danced with Lizzy... and then, what do you think he did next??"

Me pretending to me Miss Wiggin to Beatrix and Norman (from Miss Potter) ;-) Thankfully they didn't give me any intoxicated coffee.

And here's all four of us!
Elinor, Margaret, Marianne, and Colonel Brandon (Alex)

I'll try to do a post soon with links to videos of the ball!

Pictures by/from Mrs. Dashwood, Brandon P., Hannah M., and Margaret Dashwood


beast'sbelle said...

How fun!!! Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful pics on this post and the last. Your dresses are beautiful. It looks like you all had a great time! :) What a special blessing to be able to go! :)

Christine said...

Oh, the dree is beautiful!!! Our homeschool group is thinking of doing a "ball" and formal donnet and I'm so excited!!!! I would love to see videos of the ball!

Elegance of Fashion said...

Very stunning! All of you look great!

Dreamer Girl said...

Very beautiful Elinor! I'm sure you had fun! My sister and I love dancing to music all the time!

OldFashionedCharm said...

You dress is so lovely! The fabric is beautiful and does drape SO well!
I love your hair, Marianne did such a lovely job! I actually like your hairstyle better than Lizzie!
You all are so funny - I love your poses! Alex's cravat is very charming too. He and Marianne are so sweet!
What a wonderful time you must have had! Thanks so much for posting these photos! :)

~Miss Laurie
Old-Fashioned Charm

Anonymous said...

VERY nice job! I love the color you picked for your dress - looks well on you. Now I wish there was a ball near me. :)

Maggie S.

Stephanie said...

Oh, I love your dress! Good job on it, Elinor!


Anonymous said...

Loverly, loverly job, Elinor! That fabric is so perfect for a Regency dress.
Haha, I love the "Miss Wiggin" picture--your expressions are priceless! :-D

God bless,
~"Wild Rose"~

Michaela said...


I didn't realize this whole time that at the ball I had been in the presence of the Dashwood sisters! o.O I've been on your blog several times, and for some reason just didn't connect it. :-/ Hm. ;) What a small world...

Anyway - I am now following! It has been such a pleasure getting to know you ladies. :D

Samantha said...

Beautiful dresses! The colors are gorgeous. You did a wonderful job. =)