November: Go Green Glow-Up: Be environmentally friendly and celebrate how your making skills have ‘glowed-up’ as you’ve used and practiced them by taking apart an early make of yours that no-longer represents your making skills, and re-making it so you’d be proud to use it. It can be as elaborate as a total re-make, or as simple as getting the ribbons or buttons you didn’t have time to source at first. You could even take something from a challenge made earlier in the year, and fix the tiny things you weren’t totally happy with.
In September of 2015 I wrote a blog post for the Historical Sew Monthly Challenge #6 - Out of Your Comfort Zone.
It was my first dip into the Regency Era and most definitely out of my comfort zone. To help me with the uneasiness of appropriate undergarments and accessories for the era, I acquired the La Mode Bagatelle Regency Wardrobe pattern which included most everything I would need to feel comfortable creating this historical period fashion.
I didn't know anything about the fashions of the Regency Era when I first sewed for this period in 2015 and five years later my knowledge is no better. I rely on portraits and costumers much more knowledgeable than me to guide me. In this case I also depended upon the pattern designer. I did, however, decide without any factual support to add gold piping to the bodice edges of the gown and to the trim I would add to the hat. Is piping historically accurate? Or historically acceptable for this period? I still don't have evidence. But it will bring a smile to me just adding that pop of color and I decide that is most important for my birthday gown. I cut fabric strips at a 45 degree angle to the selvedge edge which is the bias of the fabric. There is stretch in the bias which allows the pipinig to follow curves beautifully. The width of each strip is double the seam allowance of 1/2" plus the circumference of my 1/8" cord which in this case is 3/8" for a total width of 1-3/8".
This is the finished back and side backs with the gold piping. I really love the pop of color!
The Overdress completely changes the look of the white gown and without the chemisette will make a beautiful evening gown. I have a pattern for an evening turban also by Wingeo and if I ever have the opportunity to wear an evening ensemble I will create a matching turban with the few scraps of red silk I have left. There may be enough for a petal reticule for the pattern from Out of a Portrait.
How it fits the challenge: The Historical Sew Monthly Challenge in June 2015 was Out of Your Comfort Zone. I made my first Regency white dress. This year I added the overdress with the technique of piping on all bodice edges.
Pattern: Wingeo 1795 - 1825 #256 Overdress
Year: 1795 - 1825
Notions: Cord for piping, thread, buckle from Ensembles of the Past.
How historically accurate is it? Silhouette similar to illustrations I have seen, correct fabric, but the piping is my own touch.
Hours to complete: 24 hours
First worn: Zoom event November 2020
Total cost: $72