regency walking dress
(ca 1805-1812)

Although the "directoire", ":regency" and "empire" fashion was inspired by antique Rome and Greece,  ladies in the Western Europe were  usually wise enough  to wear their sheer gowns strictly indoors, and for their walks chose something more warmer and more stain-proof. 

When I began to research the regency fashion, I thought the pattern and sewing would be easy. Wrong  I underestimated the experience and craftiness of the dressmakers of the past.  The first "drop front dress" I saw at web pages of Koshka the Cat . Many interesting and useful information I could read at Jessamyn's website (thank you very much, ladies!).

The outfit is modelled by Tonner's 16" Melanie

  • The high-waisted flowered dress has the bodice front joined to apron-front of skirt.  The bodice  is laced up in frnt, then the drop-front piece ov the bodice is buttoned at shoulders.   The back part of the skirt is verz full and longer than the front.The sleeves are three-times puffed, and the bodice is lined. 

  • The brown velvet pelisse closes in the front with 3 pairs of hooks and eyes. The central front parts and the central back part are stiffen with a woven interlining. The sleeves consist of 2 pieces, at the wrist, there is the beaded and embroudered trim. and ribbon rosettas. The rosettas also embellish the back waist seam and cover the front opening.   The whole coat is lined.

  • Under the dress, there is the petticoat, attached to the fitted bodice, and the long pantalettes. Both the  legs are separate items, joined only by a ribbon, gathering them at waist. 
  • The outfit is complemented by the white stockings and the silk flat "Adelaide shoes" with suede toes, llined and laced up at their inner side.. Because the dress has not any pockets, the doll got the purse with tassels. The bonnet consists of the  stiffened, crescent shaped brim and  the pleated round crown. 
Used materials
  • For the dress I iused a fine flowered cotton linen;
  • a dark brown silk velvet for the pelisse;
  • a dark brown habotai  for the lining of the pelisse, for the shoes and for the trimming of th coat's sleeves;
  • a green taffeta for the purse and the bonnet;
  • a beige ponge for the lining and ribbons of the bonnet;
  • a white cotton battiste for the petticoat and the pantalettes.

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