White Embroidered Cotton Regency Daydress

I lucked into this fabric at Joann’s one summer – it is a nice semi-sheer cotton with paisley embroidery. I used the Folkwear Regency Dress pattern to make this gown, so it is not totally authentic but hooks in back and has drawstrings to fit the waist and neckline. It has a fitted, slightly gored skirt giving it a very nice slimming line. The trick with Regency gowns is to put little or no gathers or pleats in the front, and that said, don’t use gathers! Pleat, pleat, pleat. The excess fabric is gauged in the center back to create the fashionable fuller back (and helps the train lay nicely if you have one) while the front is straight and columnar. The sleeves are trimmed with ribbon and self covered buttons.  It is made with the Folkwear Regency Dress pattern.