Alright peeps, there is one recent costume I haven't even mentioned anywhere yet, for a couple of reasons: 1) I did not have any good pictures of it yet, 2) it was such a spur-of-the-moment thing that I couldn't even really announce I was working on it, and 3) I wanted to make some adjustments to it before sharing.
What it is, is a Regency outfit! As it happened, the weekend after Elfia Haarzuilens a friend mentioned that the Keukenhof would be having a Romance Day on 7-8 May, and people in 19th century costume would get in free. (Romance as in the musical style/philosophical leanings of the 19th century, not just being romantic.)
Since she mentioned this a week before it would take place, at first I thought, "I shouldn't, I've just been to Elfia, and I don't even have 19th century stuff to wear!". But then again, well, why not make
something? Regency outfits can be fairly simple if you don't embellish the hell out of it and cheat a little bit with the pattern.
Sooo, on Saturday I was invited to go, on Sunday I raided my stash for fabrics to use and worked out the construction, on Monday I cut everything, then didn't do anything on Tuesday and Wednesday, and sewed non-stop on Thursday and Friday.
Then on Saturday morning I finished up the final hem, put everything on, and off I went!
In the Keukenhof I met up with the friend and her husband, who were technicallly in late-18th century stuff, but then again they are quite a bit older than me and even in those days older folk tended to hang on to the fashions they were familiar with. So we strolled through the park (I had never been to the Keukenhof, even though Castlefest is held each year in the castle grounds nextdoor), getting stopped for pictures every couple of minutes.
There were a few other groups of people in costume, though some of them had taken the 19th century instructions a bit loosely. There was one group, though, who were just picture-perfect. They clearly used authentic patterns, very lovely fabrics, and had parasols and good shoes and great accessories. I think they were a costume performance group to start with.( Collapse )
Now, then, on to the pictures: after wearing it in May I decided I'd wear it again at Castlefest, which was two weekends ago. I added some lace to the lining hem and the neckline of the white dress for some extra detail; I was debating also adding pearls or beads or something
to the overgown, but in the end felt that perhaps less was more.
As a nice surprise, the photographer who took my Regina Verdi pictures in 2014 emailed me the day before Castlefest to say he'd got a last-minute ticket and would I be up for an improvised shoot. Given how much I love his pictures of Regina Verdi, I wasted no time in saying yes, so now I have these amazing pictures of the Regency dress!
Some other photographers also joined in at some point, and a girl I know from Tumblr came by to say hi so we had her join in as well. It was a lot of fun!
This style is very comfortable to wear, and there's something stately about the empire waistline, but people will
think you're pregnant, haha. (Ask me how I know.)( Collapse )