Category Archives: dresses

Counting down

It’s only a week until the Jane Austen Festival Australia starts. I’ve been flat out with another project for the past few months and only squeezing in JAFA sewing for a few hours here and there, but I’ve (mostly) cleared this next … Continue reading

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JAFA 2017 Planning

With the Jane Austen Festival Australia now less than four months away, it’s time for some serious planning! Dresses from previous years I can wear again: Muslin front-opening dress and Blue damask open robe Light aqua cotton sari dress Navy/teal … Continue reading

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HSM8 – Pattern: Hand-sewn day dress

This is somewhat late for the Historical Sew Monthly August challenge, but I did have good intentions of getting it done in time! Challenge details are below. I didn’t exactly start out to hand-sew an entire dress. This was supposed … Continue reading

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Open robe and muslin gown

I’ve been slow in blogging about this outfit as I don’t have good photos, but I’ll go with what I have and maybe get to do better photos later! The muslin dress was very loosely inspired by this Danish wedding dress. … Continue reading

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Drop-front dress

I made this drop-front dress for Lauren, for a photo-shoot for potential cover-images for a novella I’m writing. As I had to make most of it without fitting her – we live 800km apart – I used the S&S Elegant … Continue reading

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Ball dress

Back in 2014, when I first started planning to attend JAFA 2015, I bought two saris from amazon.com – new ones, not vintage, and artificial silk, not the real stuff. My budget doesn’t stretch far, and I didn’t want to … Continue reading

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HSM Challenge 2 – Drawstring dress with pleats

My new drawstring, block-print, 1790s round gown is finished, and I’m very happy with it. My progress post from a few days ago explained my planning – an adaptation of the Sense and Sensibility drawstring dress pattern. I’d made a block-print … Continue reading

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Block print round gown progress

The second dress I made last year was a block print dress using the Sense and Sensibility draw-string dress pattern. I followed the pattern as written pretty much, although I did lengthen the back a little and add a waistband. … Continue reading

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Cotton Sari Gown

This is another catch-up post – a dress I made and wore at the Jane Austen Festival in Canberra in April. Fabric: a ‘vintage’ cotton blend sari, with trailing machine-embroidered flowers, that I purchased on eBay for the grand sum … Continue reading

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Blue wrap dress redo

I actually did this back in March, but things were frantic before the Jane Austen Festival, and illness and other distractions have meant I haven’t caught up with blogging! I made the dress last year, for the workshop Beverley Eikli and … Continue reading

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