Monday, May 9, 2011

Regency Project for 1812 BALL (PT 2 workshop)

            At the Regency Clothing Workshop, the Ladies learned how to make a
            Chemise Under Garment. (to be worn under the Regency Ball Gown)
                Much had to be remembered for the "take it home" to sew work. 

In the early 1800's sewing was all done by hand,
so to make an authentic piece, the work should all be
done by hand as well. But concidering the time frame,
(for the May 13th Ball) 
the sewingmachine was used where the seams can not be seen.

Lining up the seams was a challange

Here is a great example site
of a chemise:
or, try this style:

Following  this site along with the pattern instructions
for the Regency Gown Pattern
from Sense and Sensibility Patterns was most helpful!

It is helpful to cut out and use tissue
paper to perserve your own pattern

Baste stitch for gathering the bodice

(Draping material for the vision)
the material used for this project
was 100% thin light cotton.

After joining the inside lining to the outer piece of the Bodice,

The understitch is used to attatch the lining to the inner seam,
so that it will lay flat when turned right-side-out

You can watch a video tutorial  of the "understitch" at the
Sence and Sencibility Patterns Web Site:

                               You should not see the under seam in the neck line 
                                                 when using the understitch.

Ready for the sleeves

Using matching colored  pins for top and another color for
 the bottom can help keep track of which is top
and which is bottom when it is gathered for the "puff"  

Working the Baste stitch for gathering the puff sleeve

(Using the gathering baste stitch was helpful for fitting the  backside
pieces together) 
Pins pins.....

PINS .......

The MORE pins the better!!

for this sleeve the hem was turned up and handstitched

Sometimes when you are too tired to go on,
and you still keep working...
 it is too easy to make mistakes...
maybe,  you should just go to bed and have a fresh
start in the morning.....

                                                               As ye sew, so shall ye rip.
                                                                                Author unknown

The dress always seemed to look much better the next morning! ...?

The Mousiekins always love to fix things during sleeping hours.

Hmmm, what trimmings to use?

Buttons and patches,
 and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly
when I am sewing.~Author Unknown

A bit of gentle music seems to add to the enjoyment of sewing

Sewing mends the soul. 
~Author Unknown



Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prosper
that thou mayest prosper
3 John 1:2

Do You Know JESUS?
Read more here:
Listen to Sunday CHURCH
of the Living Truth Ministries:

Friends Learning
English Country dance for the Ball

 Now the next step is to
attatch the dress part...
before the May 13th Ball!

The Mousiekin Gals say:
"Any day spent sewing, is a good day"!

Here are GREAT sites to visit:

English Country Dance Costumes 

American Dutchess

A Story Of A Seamstress

A Frolic tThrough Time


  1. My goodness Linnie!! What a seamstress you are...and such a beautiful project!!! Your sewing machines are wonderful...I learned to sew on a little black machine my mother brought home from a yard I wish I had kept it!
    Little Miss Eliza is sending your sweet Mama Mousekin a belated Mother's Day gift...hope yours was wonderful!

    Blessings and happy hugs dear friend,
    Christie and Eliza

  2. Dear Butt-ry and Book-ry,
    Glad the posts on my blog could help and delighted you were willing to link to it! Love that you're using an older sewing machine and antique sewing tools, too. When I handle such things, it's peaceful, and I feel as if I am helping to carry through old and valuable skills to the future.

    Very best,

  3. Dear Linnie,

    Love your post on making your chemise and frock for the ball! How kind of the Mousekins to surprise you by helping with your frock during the nighttime! Enjoyed all the photographs of it coming along and how delicate and pretty it is!

    Your friends,
    Diane and daughter Sarah, and Tillie Tinkham and all the Mice at the Corgyncombe Courant

  4. Linnie,
    I just love Jennie Chancey's site and store! Two years ago I helped a dear friends two daughters make that dress for a ball. It took us 6months! But now they know how to make them:-) Did you use a treadle? I have had the girls Regency pattern for over a year now just waiting for a bit of time to stitch one up for my Lydia. Perhaps your mice could come and assist:-)

  5. I am participating in an art/ craft show this weekend in a little historic village called Rugby, Tn. Each year a group of English Dancers performs all about the town, it is just lovely. How lucky you are to have a Regency Ball, your dress will be charming.
    I LOVE those scissors and your sewing area is great!

  6. Dear Linnie,

    Wow, what can I say? The chemise looks absolutely perfect, and the fabric for the ballgown is as dreamy as can be. What fun you are going to have! I hope you get lots of pictures of the ball.



  7. Beautiful project! I look forward to seeing it completed.

  8. THIS IS FUNNNNNNNNNN!!!! I miss the days when I could sit down at my GRANDMA'S sewing machine to make a costume. I would wear them! And then to see your mice folk there with you; Oh Linney, you are THE CHARM!!! Anita

  9. I can only dream of being such a have a great talent indeed your little mousekin family...blessings

  10. Linnie,

    Oh my, you are quite the determined and creative seamstress, indeed! I think that I would have poked my fingers too many times with all those pins. Someday I hope to start learning to sew, but of course, I will have to start with something much simpler than this, tee hee!

    I enjoyed all your step-by-step photographs of your project. I must say that I really LOVE your sewing area. It looks like a picture from a beautiful vintage magazine! :)


    -L. Rose

  11. Wow!Beautiful and fun.Wish I had learned better when my Mom tried to show me to sew.Your Machine and work area remind me of my Great Grandma Memi's room. It's like visiting her house all over again,wonderful memories.Love your sweet mouse familyThank you for visiting with me.

  12. I've made the same pattern in a lovely shimmering rose- colored silk for my daughter Rose which she wore to a ball. I found I had to make a few adjustments, it turned out to be a lovely dress.

    Loved your photographs.

  13. Oh Linnie, I have enjoyed your journey thus far...your pictures are great! You will look wonderful in your costume at the ball! So glad your Mousekin family members are helping...makes me smile to see their pictures.
    God bless

  14. Hi Linnie,
    I have to tell you how lovely your little 'sewing nook' is! It is charming, and so inviting....

  15. Hey there...Love your Blog and hope you can teach me to do as well as you...Teeeeeee Just us 1812 Whispers of war Ball, B & D
    PS have some gifts for the mousekins if they visit!