For a period I will be sans my Tabitha sewing machine. This will be a good time to make a hand sewn regency dress. It’s something I have been thinking of doing for about a year. This site may prove to be a godsend for making this dress. Keeping things simple I have also chosen this pretty dress to be my June and July Make A Garment A Month project.
Transferring pattern to tissue
For this project I selected The Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern. Following sewist divas’ advice to transfer the pattern versus cutting up the original seemed a good idea. I have read Swedish tracing paper is the go to medium but I am on a budget and went to a dollar store and purchased regular old tissue paper.
These same divas also suggest making a muslin at the very least for the bodice. Being a hard-headed sewist I did not. This will be a bed sheet garment so worst case scenario I will have wasted all of $1.00. I semi-paper fitted the bodice and hope that will do as I have no extra fabric. As a matter of fact, I had to lay the bodice lining skewed to get it to fit. The sheet is striped and obviously I will be laying the main pieces lengthwise. Ahh, the things I do to fabrics and patterns when I sew.
Stay tuned by following along via Bloglovin’ or email as this hand sewn dress comes to life. You’ll find links to the right in the sidebar or at the end of this post. It will be my first and I’ll be using the Elizabethan seam as found at Extreme Costuming.
Elizabethan seam, first attempt
Above is the garment back and side back sewn with the Elizabethan seam. I can see how with the Elizabethan seam you’d better have an exact fit or else the ripping with be substantial. I did not do a muslin and I have a feeling I may be eating crow about it. As usual, I underestimated the difficulty of the task at hand. Yet, I promised the good, bad, and bugly (butt ugly) with this sewing blog and will stand by my word.
At this point I am working on attaching the second sleeve to the armscye.
I see no problem completing this project by the end of July. Sew, let’s see where this all takes us. Stay tuned!
July 26, 2014
It’s time to put this baby to rest. Reminding myself that I promised to show the good, bad and the ugly on my blog I am going to share this “miss” with you all.
Regency Dress Front Crossover
Regency Day Dress Back View
Project Wrap-Up – A Lyrical Perspective:
- Pattern ease of use: Well written, easy to understand instructions
- Did the garment resemble the pattern: Yes (basically, LOL)
- Would I recommend this pattern: Yes
- Will I use the pattern in the future: Definitely!
- Will I hand sew another garment: Maybe
- Fabric: Thrifted bed sheet – $1.00
- Thread: Free
- Sewing needle: Maybe .25
Comments: Halfway through the project I realized this bedsheet fabric (most def a cotton blend) is HOT!!!!! My goal in making this Regency day dress was to have something cool to wear while working on our land and chilling out at the homestead. When I realized it was a hot fabric, my interest dropped 50%. But, I am in a sewing challenge so I persevered on. Oh, I admit to not hemming one of the sleeves – I was so done with this project once I decided I would not be wearing the dress :-|.
One arm is a tad bit tighter than the other. Not so much that I would not wear the dress had I chosen another fabric. I am chalking the difference up to perhaps not hand sewing in a straight line.
The Elizabethan Seam – This was my first time trying this seam style. I like the seam but I do not like mine – make sense?
I am pleased with the back of the dress in particular. In general I do not like this dress, LOL. Bottom line, I am chalking this project up to a non-wearable muslin. At least I got to try the pattern out for future Regency day dresses that are sure to come off my dear Tabitha.
Thanks for hanging in there with me my dear sewists ;-)
Sobriety from electric machine sewing since 2012