I'm a member of the DAR chapter (that's Daughters of the American Revolution for the cooler people out there). We are having a Dolley Madison tea next weekend, so I made a costume for myself to wear. Everyone is wearing costumes, not just me, thank heavens.
I used Simplicity pattern 4055 with Navy Blue broadcloth. This is actually my first time making any type of dress, so I did pretty well. One major lesson learned, measure yourself before you launch into a fitted bodice. I just stuck with my own dress size and had to ease out some seams to make sure it would button. And I had to add the sash. The original pattern doesn't have any sashing between the bodice and the skirt. But I'm so glad it buttons in the back :) And as I said, I've never done any kind of sewing for dresses before so I was happy with the results. And I made this in one day!
Note, I found a great site where the original pattern writer (designer?) posts notes about how to make this a better fitting bodice. Her main point is to add plenty to the bottom of the bodice if you are not an A bust. Hahaha! Wish I had seen that yesterday :) Here is that link: Help with Regency Gown Patter
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