Sunday, May 15, 2011

REGENCY BALL pt 3 "Whispers of War Grand Ball"

Has anyone seen the Mousiekin Family lately?
( I have been so busy that I seemed to have lost track of what they are doing)!


There were still many finishing touches to pull off till just hours before the Grand Ball!
                                    And the Turban and purse had to be finished as well!

(can you find all 4 of the Mousiekin family??) 

And TA' DA!  Two Gals have been Transported into a Dreamy era!


 Are we really in a Jane Austen Book today?....
oh yes...  that's right we are
in Canada at the "WHISPERS of WAR" GRAND BALL!!

Pam Mundy (in Yellow)

Amanda McNaughton of Canadian Geographic


 After the GRANDEST time spent wondrously "English Country Dancing"
And Dinning and making new friends.......
it was all ended too soon...
but new acquaintances and FRIENDSHIPS will be kept close to the heart!

Thank you to The Hosts:
Pam Mundy
Maja Bannerman
and Dean Tedesesco
 also to:
The "Dance Caller"
the Lovely Karen Millyard
 and the Musicians:
Fiddler, Stephen Fuller
Pianist,Dorthy DeVal
Flautist, Barbara Ackerman

The Supper, by Pam Mundy
(Cooks assistant Cathy Hall)
the  Menu:
Meat Cake~Salmagundi~Cheshire Pork Pie
Strawberry Mirangels~Almond Cakes
Savory Cakes with Strawberries and Cream
Eccles Cakes~Apricot Millefeuille

Dean Tedesesco

Good Read:
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Me with Dianne Graves
(Author of In the Midst of Alarms
The Untold Story of Women and the War of 1812 )

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The Regency Workshop pt 1

Regency Project for 1812 (pT2 workshop)

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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



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that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prosper
that thou mayest prosper
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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