|Nicole, me, and Samantha in our Regency gowns at Costume College 2018|
I promised finished-dress-worn photos of this little devil of a 1790s project, so here goes…
I was quite pleased and surprised that this gown held together long enough to be worn at Costume College. I rinsed it out in the sink after JA Fest and the water turned green – always a bit terrifying – but the muddy hem washed out decently well and those shamelessly serged seam allowances kept the dress together through rinsing, mangling, drying, and ironing.
|I don’t hate it! I wore the dress with a ruffled shirt chemisette, little bow, a sash, and Lydia Fast bonnet – oh, please don’t mind that long ribbon name tag badge thing. It’s a Costume College thang.|
|Even though I had to cut the train off this gown, it drags just enough to be fun. I really like how the voile drapes, too, in those tiny tiny whipped gathers.|
Friday at CoCo, during the day, seemed to be the unofficial Jane Austen Festival Survivor’s day. A lot of beautiful 1790s and Regency gowns were walking around. I like to think of this period as “comfy historical.”
|Our Lydia Fast bonnet is a work of art. I don’t think I will ever try to make a hat again, tbh – Lydia’s work is just peak.|
I wore the Lydia Fast 1790s bonnet made in emerald green silk and trimmed in pink, along with an emerald green sash Abby lent me. I liked the green-on-green tonal thing and wished I’d had more dark green accessories to play it up a bit more.
|Abby ties good bows. We weren’t sure this green would work with the light sage green dress but I really liked the multi-green tonal thing.|
In the end, I quite like this gown. It’s a good standby, very lightweight and easy to wear. I love the adjustability and options for changing up the look with accessories. I hope to wear it again soon!
I have *lots* more Costume College photos to share soon – stay tuned!