|Promenaders in Bath last September|
A couple of years ago, Ellen, the lady who organised the festival, did attempt to get it started, but only managed to have a costumed ball, which was a success. This year the full three days of events were also a total sucess.
For once, Robert and I were going to need more than one costume each, so I started looking at my stash of fabrics, and tried to decide what to make. Robert needed new trousers and waistcoats, and (if we could find suitable shoes and stockings) also a pair of satin knee breeches.
My first priority was to make a petticoat to wear with my promenade dress, as it kept on clinging round my legs. A petticoat is necessary to keep the shape of the dress, especially if it has tucks or small frills around the hem. As I didn't have a pattern for a petticoat, I had to use Sense & Sensibility's Regency Gown pattern, and adapt it for my own use...and this took me four weeks!!
I tried on the Promenade dress with the petticoat, and it made a big difference to the way it hangs, as does the flounce I have added to the hem. The only problem is...I still need to lose weight!!
|Dress worn with petticoat|
|New shirt, neckcloth, and waistcoat|
All I could do was wear the dress with or without the chemisette, or spenser, and change my jewellery and accessories for slightly different looks...but next year will be different!!
Next post - Horncastle Regency Festival 2012