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Monday, October 26, 2015

Becoming Jane- A Complete 19th Century Regency Costume for Under $10

I have been teasing you long enough. Today, I am finally revealing my complete 19th century Regency (Jane Austen) costume.

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As you can see the upcycled embroidered tablecloth made the perfect skirt overlay.

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You really notice the scallop edging in a side view.

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It also created the perfect train.

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Here is a close-up of the lovely detail and embroidery.

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Recycled lace from antique pillowcase edging accents the bottom of the narrow underskirt and sleeves.

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The ladies mid length cotton gloves were once worn by my mother, Karen, in the 1960’s.

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The simple black ballet flats I often wear were also appropriate for this era.

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All in all this ensemble made for a lovely and comfortable promenade in the park. I received several waves and smiles.

You can view all the details on the dress HERE.

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A DIY for the reticule (purse) is HERE.

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The tutorial for the bonnet can be found HERE.

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I do hope you have enjoyed this years costume series. Special thanks to the Fashionista for taking the photos. Please let me know if there is an era you would like to see showcased in the future.

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 Off to find my Mr. Darcy,


Linking to:

DIY Show Off, Between Naps On The Porch, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life,  Common Ground, Just A Girl and Her Blog, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Made in a Day, Charm Bracelet Diva,No Minimalist Here, Katherine’s Corner, The Blissful Bee, Posed Perfection,Classy Clutter, The 36th Avenue, Craftberry Bush, French Country Cottage, Imparting Grace, The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, The Dedicated House


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word. These pictures are all amazing. That dress is to die for and you model it beautifully. Wow, I love it.

Linda said...

I have no words. You are simply amazing!!! Gorgeous, all of it. :)

Bonnie said...

You've done it again. Love your creativity and the color is perfect on you as is the style. I think Jane Austin would be proud.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

You look fabulous! What a wonderful costume.

Louise said...

It is beautiful. You are amazingly clever.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Are you sure you haven't missed your calling as a costume designer? That is simply outstanding!!

Vel Criste said...

You are gorgeous Laura! And that dress, costume? Just so beautiful, can't believe you spent only that much!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

You did an awesome job! I love historical costumes and would be interested in any ppost you can write on the subject. I do hope you met Mr Darcy!

martinealison said...

Bonsoir chère amie,

Oh ! Quelle belle et agréable surprise ! Vous êtes ravissante ! Cette robe est incroyable !
Merci pour le partage de ces très jolies photos.

❀ ✺ ❀ Gros bisous ❀ ✺ ❀

Karen Hess said...

Perfection, in every sense! You've completely captured the moment, the era, the period ~ and on such a budget!!! What a charming've certainly found your Mr. Darcy!

Lynn Bean said...

Lovely post and lovely everything! Thanks for sharing this. Lynn

Lorrie said...

You make a lovely Jane Austen era picture! What a great job you did on the costume. Hope Mr. Darcy is appreciative!

Scribbler said...

Lovely work! I used to do some theatrical costume design from time to time, and I think you captured the period beautifully. That periwinkle color is so charming. Using a tablecloth to get that embroidered detail was very clever.

Angela Boone said...

So gorgeous! You are one incredibly talented lady!

Terri Steffes said...

Lovely, my dear. You are an asset to your husband, creating that lovely masterpiece for just a few shillings. Bravo, dear one. said...

So so fabulous. So glad you did this photo shoot!

Auntie Em said...

Your dress and accessories are perfect! I love the way you have managed to salvage and showcase the embroidery. Your look like you could have just stepped off a Kate Greenaway illustration.
Even your curls framing your face are just like the pictures of the era.
I thought the gloves must have been vintage. What a lovely heirloom.
Thank you so much for sharing the pictures of your beautiful outfit. It was worth the wait to see it. And job well done for your daughter on the lovely pics. Perfect background setting for them. :) said...

What a lovely, lovely gown and accessories! Such fun! Thank you so much for sharing it.

Maureen Wyatt said...

BBC may give you an offer as a costume designer after seeing this wonderful Jane Austen ensemble! You look completely at home in that era. Lovely photos Fashionista.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

How lovely, I adore this! You are so talented. Beautiful outfit and beautiful model:)Looking forward to seeing it over at Vintage Charm!
I can't believe that was actually a tablecloth, gorgeous!'xoKathleen

Deanna said...

So pretty!
You outdid yourself.
d on the kansas prairie

Ann Marie said...

You look wonderful, perfect for the Regency Period. Great job in recycling so many pieces of your costume. It's pretty spectacular. I saw your link at French County Cottage's Feathered Nest Friday. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey.

Sherry Nappa said...

I love the hat! Can you imagine wearing a full length dress in the summer? Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

Rita C. said...

Laura! So thankful Marty featured this, as I missed it. You are absolutely stunning in this attire, and your creativity and sewing skills are supreme. Bravo, Jane!

Sarah said...

Laura, I'm in awe of all that you do. You truly are an amazing seamstress with exceptional vision. The embroidered cloth makes a perfect fabric for this costume. You look lovely out for a stroll. The setting is ideal.

The Charm of Home said...

Laura, that is fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

The Charm of Home said...

Laura, I will feature this tomorrow at Home Sweet Home! Loved this!

Girl in Pink said...

Visiting from the Charm of Home today! This post was delightful! I am such a Jane Austen fan and am smitten with your lovely dress!

Christina Paul said...

Oh How lovely! I adore Jane Austen- I can't believe that dress was once a tablecloth- your photos are lovely- like stepping back in time!