My Regency wardrobe

These are garments and accessories I have made in preparation for the Jane Austen Festival Australia in Canberra in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Images will usually link back to my costume blog, A Lady's Wardrobe aladyswardrobe.com
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HSM10 - Heroes: Linen Apron

The Historical Sew Monthly Challenge for October is to make a garment inspired by our historical hero, or our historical costuming hero. I have so, so many heroes in historical costuming;

Regency cotton cap

HSM Challenge 3 – Regency cap from stash

Plain linen Regency-style cap - entirely hand-stitched.

Plain linen Regency-style cap - entirely hand-stitched.

A basic linen cap, entirely hand-stitched.

A basic linen cap, entirely hand-stitched.

HSM8 - Pattern: Hand-sewn day dress. A block-print cotton day dress, with a drawstring front bodice. Entirely hand sewn.

A block-print cotton day dress, with a drawstring front bodice.

Regency cotton cap

HSM Challenge 3 – Regency cap from stash

Open robe over muslin gown

Open robe over muslin gown

Regency dress made from vintage embroidered cotton sari, using Sense & Sensibility Regency Gown pattern.

Fabric: a ‘vintage’ cotton blend sari, with trailing machine-embroidered …

My adaptation of the Sense & Sensibility drawstring dress pattern - shortened bodice, extra fullness in bodice front and skirt. More details in blog post.

My adaptation of the Sense & Sensibility drawstring dress pattern - shortened bodice, extra fullness in bodice front and skirt. More details in blog post.

My adaptation of the Sense & Sensibility drawstring dress - shortened bodice, extra fullness in both bodice and skirt. Details in blog post.

My adaptation of the Sense & Sensibility drawstring dress - shortened bodice, extra fullness in both bodice and skirt. Details in blog post.


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A basic linen cap, entirely hand-stitched.

A basic linen cap, entirely hand-stitched.

Quarter view, poke bonnet, 1815 - 20, Charles Paget Wade Hats & Bonnets Exhibition at Berrington Hall 2014 (more images on site)

Bergère and Bonnets – Part II

Quarter view, poke bonnet, 1815 - Charles Paget Wade Hats & Bonnets Exhibition at Berrington Hall 2014

An indoor day cap is a must for anyone past their early 20's, or married. Jane Austen started wearing one when she was 23.

Georgian Regency cap bonnet silk ribbon historical 18th century hand sewn

Costume Parisian 1801-02  from the collection of the Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs, on flickr by SceneInThePast

English fashion plates from and French fashion plates from Year 10 of the French Republican Calendar. All images come from the collection of the Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs.

side view, 1806 bonnet

-Abiti Antichi- cappello Bonnet / cap 1806 (click through for more pics including one of the lovely embroidery on the back)

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