Up until I made her red 1890's Aesthetic dress last winter, she had two dresses to choose from on these occasions. A "pioneer style" dress she made herself when my little sister was a baby,
and a "colonial style" dress (that could pass as regency if worn with a sash), made around the same time.
Now these two dresses have served my mom well for many years, but last year we decided it would be fun to make her a new historical outfit. She just needed to pick an era and I'd do the sewing. Well, she'd just about made up her mind that she wanted a regency dress, when she got cast in the church Christmas play. So, the regency dress idea was tabled and I began sewing her 1890's dress instead.
At the beginning of December, all the costumes for the play were done and my thoughts turned to Christmas presents. I remembered my mom's mention of a regency dress and I already had the perfect fabric in my stash for such a project - a pink striped cotton/linen blend that I knew my mom liked. So I figured, why not? A regency dress for my mom for Christmas. How hard could it be?
Well, the hard part wasn't making the dress, the hard part was finding the time to make the dress. I used Simplicity 4055 (with a couple minor adjustments such as easily removable long sleeves) and the dress went together like a breeze. On Christmas Eve night. Yes, I began the dress around 7 pm, finished it around 3 am, wrapped it around 3:30 am, and my mom unwrapped it around 10 am. Merry Christmas!
My mom was quite surprised by her Christmas present, and she must have liked it as she immediately put it on for Christmas dinner! (My sister and I also wore our regency dresses for dinner, because if you have them, why not wear them?) That made staying up the night before to finish the dress all worth it! Even better? Twice since then, my mom has had occasions to wear her dress.
First, I was thrilled in April when I received this picture from my mom! She and my sister both dressed up in regency attire for my sister's Dolley Madison presentation at home school co-op.
Then last week my sister hosted a historical tea party for her 13th birthday, so my mom wore her regency dress once again: this time with the long sleeves removed to suit the high August temperatures. Each time my mom has accessorized the dress with a lace fichu fascinated at the neckline of her gown.
Now that we all have regency dresses, hopefully when I go home in December my mom sister and I can do a regency photo shoot, just like we did with our 1890's dresses before I left!