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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Regency Dress - getting it to fit

My 'pattern' for bodice (ignore the darts-I moved those later)

I was really struggling with getting the bought pattern to fit me correctly. So at the advice of the lady from this blog. I made my own pattern using two rectangles to make a lose 'tunic' which I then pinned and cut and drew on while wearing to create the shape I wanted. Still need to tweak the back. Lower the collar a little and add in the curved seams but I just wanted to put it together quickly to get the 'fit' right. And when it comes to it I may cut the collar front a little lower. When it came to the darts in the final toile I used the 50's dress I had made as reference.

I used an old oversize shirt I'd got for the bargain price of £1 a couple of years ago. (I'm quite liking the plaid with cream look on the dress. lol!) Now I know if I like the fabric on an oversize blokes shirt I can buy it and turn it into my bodice material.

Next step is the skirt...which definitely needs another panel or two in it to make it wide/full enough.


  1. Wow, way to go! Once you get hooked on draping patterns, you'll never buy another store bought pattern. ;) It's looking really great and I too love the plaid (I am very partial to plaids!)

  2. Thanks for introducing me to the technique. I still need a little practice.
    I did momentarily feel tempted to go for plaid and a tam-o-shanter. But worried I might be mistaken for a scots guard. ;)