1790s Costumes & Research

This section is all about the costumes friends and I have made to celebrate the elegant, floaty, feathery beginning of the Regency period. The page content is split out mostly by type of garment; each section contains links to the garments, accessories, and so on that I've made. For more research documentation see the Research page.


Gowns, Robes, & Petticoats 

1795 Full Dress Ensemble in Cream Silk: Drafted from scratch and with multiple petticoats and trims and full sets of accessories for different looks, including a day look

Goldwork Petticoat: To go with the cream silk full dress ensemble

: Dress diary of a dress commissioned unfinished from Geneece Arnold and then retooled for a different look, several times.

Hand-embroidered and spangled sleeveless/convertible spencer: an excruciatingly long project, yet one that ended well.

Lilac silk petticoat: made to match with the convertible spencer either alone or with the wrap-front dress.

Cotton print handsewn drawstring dress, circa late 1790s: Analysis of the construction and stitches used on my first Regency-era dress; some of the information is now outdated. Dress from the Sense and Sensibility pattern.

Red Indian cotton print robe and petticoat for Laura: Dress diary. My friend Jenni and I designed and researched the dress, and then Jenni made it.

Accessories & Hair


Precis of a bandeau and lots of false hair, 2011. Beautiful but hard to put together, and very hot to wear.

Earlier version of the headdress, at the Jane Austen festival. Described in some detail.

1796 hair tutorialwith research

1795 hairpiece: easy long locks, but you can't take the hat off, because it's sewn to a hairband!


Reticule: Spangled and tasseled


Blue and gold fan for the 2011 Jane Austen Festival Ball

Fans -- Some History and a Painting Experiment


1795 straw hat with salmon trim and ostrich plume: Precis


1790s shift, from the Sense and Sensibility pattern, with alterations

Bodiced petticoat full tutorial: Made for a friend, this bodiced petticoat serves also as light stays. These petticoats could also be worn as an opaque layer under a sheer dress; I haven't made one of these yet.

A quick strapped petticoat, made for a friend. 

Fully boned transition stays: The Past Patterns #30 1796-1806 transition stays. I made them for myself and they are terrific. No postings on them, sadly.