Monday, April 05, 2010

The Old-Fashioned Way

Yesterday I was lamenting to a friend of mine at church how I've gotten some pain and soreness in my wrists and forearms from all the sewing I've done lately (I know, because I took a day off, and as soon as I went back to it, the pain came back).

But stop sewing for awhile, and especially after being inspired by gowns worn by Elizabeth Bennett of Pride & Prejudice, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility, Emma Woodhouse of Emma, Anne Elliot of Persuasion, Catherine Moreland of Northanger Abbey, and Fanny Price of Mansfield Park?

And then this fabric?

I think it would look delicious made up into a Regency dress, don't you? I suppose I could go the old fashioned way and hand sew it up. T'would be more so authentic too, I think! Perhaps I'll give it a try.

If you don't hear from me for the rest of the week, it probably means that I'm lost in stitching, tea drinking, and watching Jane Austen films. =)


Elinor Dashwood/Melanie said...

Oh!! Watching Jane Austen films!!! Oh dear... you shouldn't have mentioned it... I need to go pop in P&P and start planning my next historical dress... :-D

(That material will make a gorgeous Regency gown! I can't wait to see how it turns out! :-D )

Rachel said...

Your poor wrists...I'm sorry. I think the only time mine bothered me from machine sewing was when I did the channels on my fully boned stays. :) Hope you find a solution!!

Anonymous said...

ooh, I love that fabric!
Whatever you do with it, I am sure it will turn out lovely!

Cheri said...

Thankyou ladies for your comments that greeted me this morning. I haven't cut into the fabric yet, but hope to soon.

Elinor, I'll be sure to share pictures of the progress and/or finished gown. =)

Rachel, thankyou. I'm discovering its from the over-use of sewing bias tape onto aprons. Tsk, tsk. Something *must* to be figured out!

Alana said...

Lovely fabric. Seems I saw something similar and lovely in a period film recently and I can't for the life of me remember which one it was: Wives and Daughters? It was later in the 1800's than Austen, I know, because I do remember the cut of the dress was more "romantic" or victorian w/ a longer bodice. will be fantastic no matter what style you sew it up in.

Laura said...

I love the fabric! I'm sure it will make a beautiful gown!