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6091Re: [F-Costume] regency patterns

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  • slc_fire
    Sep 10, 2013
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      Thanks Cat!
      I'm prepared (and dreading) mocking up. I'm a well endowed lady, as are the friends I'm making for, so I get the feeling I'm going to have to alter patterns to get around the assets. Am I correct in thinking these dresses aren't supposed to fit around and under the breats to an empire waist? They would have had stays to flatten the girls and smooth the torso but not cinching it in tiny right?
      My concern - the ladies I'm making these for insist on wearing their victorian corsets to slim their waist line. I keep trying to tell them it won't look right.
      Where do I find a good stay pattern? I have time to make both stays and dresses so I'd rather they have the right undergarments or fashion the dresses to fit a modern bra instead of the V corsets.
      Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!

      From: Cat Devereaux <CatDevereaux@...>
      To: F-Costume@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, September 9, 2013 4:42 PM
      Subject: Re: [F-Costume] regency patterns
      On 9/9/2013 8:10 AM, s wrote:
      > What is your favorite regency gown pattern? Do you build skin out
      > (including a period corset) or do you use modern undergarments?
      I've got to admit that I often cheat with Regency. You can get a decent
      silhouette w/ a bra and a slip made off the dress pattern w/o sleeves,
      and maybe a lower neck. It will look a bit better if you have a long
      line bra because that fixes your posture a bit.

      That said, corded corsets aren't too bad. And you may want to put a
      small pad just below the high back seam so the dress drapes down from
      there w/o sitting on da rear.

      The biggest trick w/ Regency patterns is fitting the bust. Be sure to
      muslin. Even the folkwear pattern has problems there.


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