Thursday, 7 October 2010

Seams Strange!

There is a particular style in English Regency Fashion which has always interested me, the dress with no under bust seam. This style is particular to England and is featured in fashion plates from around 1807-1811. My interest is how you would re-create this style? Looking at the various examples in fashion plates the dress still fits well. You can still see the shape of the body. As I am only referencing from fashion plates you must also allow for the difference between artistic license and reality. I would think the back is still cut with the curved side back seam and typical back pattern cutting of this period. Perhaps the dresses had an internal cord or tie which was attached at the centre front or back only and would give some sort of of control over the shape?   Next making project perhaps??


Thalia said...

I think it could be a variation of princess lines?
It looks like there are no seams in the front of the dress. Perhaps it's not cut by strait grain. It cut be a biaslike grain. That could give that look.

Never heared of or seen an original dress like that. Maybe it was just the painters fantasy of the dress without thinking of any seams?

Lauren said...

Ooooh, very pretty!

Sandi said...

I was wondering if it could a variation of the princess line too.
The gowns that look like they are worn over an under-gown would probably be easier to make, as the seams then obvious.
I saw a fashion plate of a gorgeous Gothick version with van dyked collar and lacing at the front.

Regencyresearcher said...

More interesting than the fashion prints aere the fashion illustrators. Mrs. Bell ( wife of publisher of La Belle Assemblee ) was one. Sometimes the magazine announced that the illustrator was ill . They used men and women for this . Someone looked around to see what was being worn and drew that. This wa sbefore fashion houses set styles . Certain women were cinsidered fashion leaders and if their dressmaker could make gowns without a separate bodice, that would become the mode. Not all dressmakers could manage it as they had to make up the pattern.

Fichu1800 said...

Thanks for all your comments. I wonder if especially in the instance of the day dress that the style comes from the Polish or Russian tradition dress? I think it is called a sarafan in Russia?

Anonymous said...

There is one dress in Kyoto Costume Institute, similar to dresses from illustrations:
Probably, all dresses from the fashion plates have a lace under a chest, which can give a control over the shape, too? Only it wasn't painted by the artist?

I know one dress from the beginning of the century in style of russian sarafan, here it is: