Sunday, November 14, 2010

2nd annual Georgian Picnic


We had our 2nd annual Georgian Picnic for the DFWCG yesterday, and just like the first one, it was a delightful event, and one of the highlights of my year.  Thank-you to everybody who came out for it!  I had a blast catching up with old friends and making new ones as well.  I am one happy little costumer now.  :)


Even though I had a year to plan for this event, I procrastinated until the week before the party to make my costume, so I decided to dig out my Regency 2.0 dress (a.k.a. the Cremesicle gown) that I started last summer and finish that one.  I don't think this is the most flattering dress on me (the phrase "trussed up like a Christmas turkey" kept coming to mind), but it sure is fun to wear.  I've always liked the look of Regency military-style spencer jackets combined with uber-girly ruffs and bonnets (two good examples in this blog), so I decided to go all out with it and tell my modern "less is more" sensibilities to take a hike.   I recently watched Bright Star too, which is probably why I was more willing to go with the Regency foofy madness - my dress reminded me a lot of the one Fanny wears at the beginning of that move.  But with that being said, I might take it down a notch or two when I wear this outfit again in the future.  I think it would be a lot more attractive with a different hat and hair, and maybe leaving off the the ruff (although I do love a good ruff!)

Anyhoo, I'm especially happy with the way the spencer jacket turned out.  I made with with some gorgeous bright orange and burgundy shot silk taffeta, which was a nightmare to work with due to wrinkles, water spots, and grain issues... but it sure is purdy to look at.  ;)  I  used the pelisse pattern from Patterns of Fashion for the bodice, and I just improvised on the little peplum and decorative tabs.  I think I'm most proud of the collar though, which I carefully tailored using hair canvas and pad stitching, thanks to the fabulous tutorial on Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing (thanks Gertie!).  It made a world of difference in the way it looked, and was surprisingly fun to do.  I'm looking forward to doing more tailored pieces in the future, and I think I'm going to shoot for an 18th c. redingote with a huge collar for next year's picnic.

I ran out of time and didn't get a chance to finish the bodice of the white underdress, but a friend of mine on LiveJournal pointed out this cool example of a spencer worn with a skirt instead of a full dress, so that made me feel a little bit better about it.  The fabric is vintage sheer striped cotton that I bought at an estate sale last year, and I am looking forward to finishing it so I can wear the dress alone some too.

I won't spam you too much with pictures here, but you can see my whole set on Flickr.


Anonymous said...

Actually, I really do think it looks cute on you! I love the effect of the neck ruffles over the spencer and the curls and the hat!

Debi said...

I think the dress is AMAZING. What a fun idea!

Amy said...

Everyone looks so good. Your dress is gorgeous!

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Stephanie Ann said...

That whole outfit is beautiful and looks great on you!

elisa.b said...

Fantastic cut and color and I love your bonnet! Did you make it?

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