Regency Chemisette Video Tutorial

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I am so excited about today’s post as it has been a long time in coming! 

Using inspiration from a variety of sources, I have created a video tutorial and pattern on how to create a Regency Era Chemisette custom designed to fit you!  Simply open up the PDF pattern, follow the guidelines on how to create the pattern pieces, then watch the videos below to  learn how to create your very own chemisette.  

Tutorial will help you create a chemisette with one or two ruffles (as pictured in images below.)

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(Image from Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion I)

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(Painting of 1800 Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna, artist unknown)

REGENCY CHEMISETTE VIDEO TUTORIAL

Click the underlined link below to open up PDF pattern.

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***Videos show how to create a two ruffle chemisette.  If desired, simply cut out two ruffles using measurements presented in pattern****

Part One

In this video section, I will show you how to construct the frame of the chemisette and create the neckline darts.

Part Two

In this section we will stitch darts, sew cording/ribbon channels, and begin to work on the ruffle.

Part Three

This portion will show you how to pleat the ruffle.  

Part Four

Now that the ruffle is pleated, this part will show you how to create the ruffled neckline in order to attach it to the chemisette.

Part Five

This last video details attaching the ruffle to the neckline and completing all the finishing touches.

And that’s it!  

Feel free to play around and create various styles and necklines of chemisettes!  

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And as always, feel free to share a picture of your own creation on social media!  

  Simply post on my Facebook page or use the tag #aimeevictorian on Instagram.  Links to both platforms are on the sidebar of my blog!

Happy Sewing!

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Cover Painting

By Pierre Louis Bouvier GENEVA 1766 – 1836

Sources Used:

Janet Arnold Patterns of Fashion 1

Various of paintings from 1805-1015

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The Many Looks of Miss Elizabeth Bennet

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A little while ago, I watched the six hour 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice.  I know I have mentioned it on this blog before as one of my favorite movies…and it truly is.  No matter how many times I have watched it, I still find it as wonderfully fulfilling as the first time.  Of course, drooling over all those amazing gowns doesn’t hurt either! 🙂

Yet, there have been many adaptations of this beloved story, and each with their own gowns and styles.  I thought it would be rather fun to take a look at the four most famous versions of the novel focusing on the looks of the title character (and my favorite)  – Miss Elizabeth Bennet.

1940 – Starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier

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While, not my favorite version, it is still considered a classic with many wonderful parts in it. However, I can’t say that the gowns worn are all that accurate.  A bit of 1860 meets 1830 with a brief stop in 1810.  With that said, here are a few of my favorite gowns from this film:

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1980 – Starring Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul

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Another sweet version with clothing MUCH more appropriate for the time period!  I especially love the various chemisettes that Elizabeth Bennet wears!

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1995 – Starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth

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This one is the best.  Period.  Done.  I love absolutely everything about it from the scenery, to the acting, to, of course, the gowns!  If you want to be truly inspired and taken away…this is the one to see!  Here are a few of my favorite looks Lizzie wears:

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2005 -Starring Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen

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While this one takes the prize on music, I still find it a bit more Hollywood-esque than the previous versions.  However, Kiera Knightly’s Lizzie is just as spunky as the rest of them!  Here are my favorite looks from the film:

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While the gowns I have chosen from each film may not be the most glamorous, they are still captivating in their own way!  Looking at all these delicious outfits has me most definitely in the sewing mood!  I’m off to my sewing machine! 🙂

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