Like the Regency Ball we attended last month, it was sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, which offers dance workshops for the dances of each period.
Curtains 'n More, in Amesbury, Massachusetts.
Three ribbon embroidered shower curtain panels gave me the width for the skirt, decorative floral stripes, and plenty of fabric to complete the bodice. The extra valances were used to embellish with fabric sashes over each shoulder.
To be able to get the fullness in the skirt without bunching fifteen feet of fabric, the skirt was extensively pleated at the waist.
The bodice and skirt are made separately and are not attached. I plan to attach them in the future as the skirt tends to slide down, making dancing in the cumbersome hoop skirt quite a challenge.
|In addition to getting the pleats even, I had to calculate placement of the floral motifs.|
|I used two valance sections to make the sashes that crossed over the bodice. Using shower curtains instead of regular curtain panels gave me three extra decorative panels with finished edges. It made crafting the gown a breeze.|
|The finished waist. The waistband was cut from a decorative valance.|