or the “I have no idea what I’m doing” wardrobe.
Reader, I have become complacent. I am far too comfortable in the late 18th century, to the point where I get decidedly nervous and befuddled when venturing into a new time period. The latest excursion is into the mid-Regency period, about 1804-1814. It’s never been a period I’ve been super-attracted to, but with Bridgerton-mania in full swing, I would like to add some items to my mostly-non-existent Regency costume closet.
These pieces shall be…
- A basic white cotton evening gown
- A contrasting evening over-bodice
- A redingote/pelisse
- A day dress
- A wrapper or short gown
- Millinery – a fluffy cap, ruffled chemisette, and fur tippet
I am not completely devoid of some pieces already. I have both the long and short Regency corsets from Redthreaded, a couple basic linen shifts, a suspender-style cotton petticoat, long gloves, a couple reticules, a great bonnet, shoes and boots, and stockings.
I am almost done with the Lady Danbury red silk pelisse, so that’s one piece down.
I also have quite a few stash fabrics that can be busted for these pieces: a roll of plain white cotton voile, a few small chunks of velvet, some striped silk taffeta, and lots of bits of lace and whitework for caps and ruffles and whatnot.
It did all seem rather overwhelming at first, but listing it out like this puts it in perspective…it’s not THAT much to do…right? (eek!)
ArabellaAugust 2, 2021 at 1:14 PM
I love Empire and Regency fashion. Simple and effortless. For me it’s all about the accessories. Excited to see your wardrobe come together.
Lauren @ American DuchessAugust 4, 2021 at 11:44 AM
Absolutely, I agree – all about the accessories! Of course, those are the fiddliest and finest of hand sewing, but worth it, I think.
QuinnAugust 2, 2021 at 3:38 PM
Ambitious, but definitely do-able! It’s a good stretch to get out of your historical clothing comfort zone… and it’s easier when you’ve already got some of the building blocks! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing what you make.
Lauren @ American DuchessAugust 4, 2021 at 11:43 AM
thank you! no time to waste, in I jump!
ClusterFrockAugust 4, 2021 at 10:05 AM
I did a full Regency wardrobe a few years ago, and it’s been hands-down one of the easier periods to really build up pieces for. The dresses go together so quickly compared to later Victorian stuff!
Lauren @ American DuchessAugust 4, 2021 at 11:42 AM
Thank you for the confidence boost! I think I’m going to try “batching” the bodices for the gowns…they’re all basically the same, just with different treatments on the front, so I think I can maybe plow through the gowns pretty quickly…..famous last words? lol!
AlatheiaAugust 4, 2021 at 6:49 PM
I have some sweet notes on a couple extant regency gowns I can share 😉
Ok but seriously I’m so excited you’ve got this list and depending on what your timeline is, we might just end up knocking out some of these things at the same time!
Lauren @ American DuchessAugust 10, 2021 at 9:03 AM
that reminds me, I need to scan/compile my doodles and notes and send to you
GinnyJune 18, 2022 at 9:38 AM
What, exactly, is the difference between a redingote and a pelisse? I’ve read Georgette Heyer for decades and never really understood the distinction.
Lauren @ American DuchessJune 21, 2022 at 11:45 AM
That’s a very good question and I’m actually not quite sure!