This section is all about the costumes friends and I have made to celebrate the elegant, floaty, feathery mid-1790s, which presaged 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.
- Everything 1790s: all posts related to the 1790s, including dress diaries, tutorials, research and documentation, and events.
- A History of 1790s Fashion
Gowns, Robes, & Petticoats
|Enlarged and as full dress at a ball with friend Polly, July 2021|
|As a Marveilleuse, a rather|
|As part of an afternoon ensemble good |
for a concert or visiting
|As outdoor morning dress for wear|
in the park, with "cloak"
Hand-embroidered and spangled sleeveless/convertible spencer: an excruciatingly long project, yet one that ended well.
|Morning dress suitable|
for a picnic
|A daytime ensemble|
Accessories & Hair
Multiple accessories for the 1795 Full-Dress Ensemble: belt, fan, and so on.
BandeauPrecis of a bandeau and lots of false hair, 2011. Beautiful but hard to put together, and very hot to wear.
Reticule: Spangled and tasseled
1790s shift, from the Sense and Sensibility pattern, with alterations
|So comfortable that for long|
I wore it as a nightgown
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 friend Caroline.
Heavily boned transition stays: The Past Patterns #30 1796-1806 transition stays. I made them for myself and they are terrific. The only real post I have about them is about enlarging them.
|Enlarged June 2021|
Finally, please see my friend Jenni's blog at Living With Jane. She has lots of 1790s content!