I'd been wanting to remake an old 18th C gown to something a little more Regency for a while now and this frock was the prime candidate:
|From Costume College 2008|
I cut down the back bodice, used part of the skirts to cut a new bodice front and new sleeves (I would have cut down the old or just had long sleeves but they were too tight on me) and cut a new lining. This left only a handful of scraps but if I decide to further remake it some day it will have to be something even smaller!
I took inspiration from some of my favorite Regency fashions: The yellow in this gown seemed very similar in hue to my stripes, as did this one - and it's an open robe with short sleeves! But this one was the one that I was really looking to in terms of shape.
The Challenge: Make do and Mend: remaking a late 18th Century gown to a Regency style
Fabric: A white and yellow satin-striped cotton and silk blend
Notions: beaded and sequined trim, hooks and bars, thread
How historically accurate is it? On the one hand remaking 18th C gowns to fit the new Empire lines is a very period thing to do. On the other hand I did it all by machine save the hemming. ;)
Hours to complete: about 3 days
First worn: Not yet, maybe at Costume College?
Total cost: Free!