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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Regency Dress II - Short sleeves and short on time

So with so many layers now going on with my dress...if its a hot day I'm just gonna be a pool of sweat...which is not a good look. This has caused a last minute panic. 

Fortunately I still have the fabric I bought over a year ago to originally make a dress. 

And mum had made her dress using this pattern (Burda 2493). I tried it on and it fitted so am using the same measurements.

And she had some elastic left - I know I let out a that's sooo *not * authentic' groan - but needs must - I'll just keep tutting as I sew it. Going to try my best to make it look as un-naff as possible. 

I was planning for speed to sew it by machine...as you can see from this blogpost it didn't work. 

Only got the reticule done, made some self fabric bias binding...and sewed up one side of the dress. I will be doing the rest by hand I think.

Oh and in a fit of frustration my white dress is now a open robe....which I'll put over the short sleeve dress for a different look. I really don't trust myself to keep a white dress white when eating is involved. 


  1. I wonder if your machine needs a service, or you have the needle in the wrong way around or some such? It really isn't meant to be that hard, and the probbies of which you speak are generally caused by a funny needle or something fixable. :)

    1. I've had similar problems with every machine I use. Must be user error.
      Its always a *struggle* and I end up stressed. Whereas I am calmer when I hand sew.