When I was 17 years old, we had a prom at school. For the ball, we rehearsed traditional ballroom dances for months before the event. It was a custom to dress in a period dress for the ball, and the style of dress was an obvious choice for me. It was to be a Regency-style dress: a long gown with a high waistline.
My mum designed and stitched the dress for me overnight, and I loved it! She still has the dress in her wardrobe, so I asked her to send a picture of the dress.
Here are some photos of the gown, with mum’s beautiful friend as a model:
The fabric is a heavy silk (unlike the light muslins of the period) with lace trimmings on the puffy sleeves and neckline.
At the back, there are four buttons for dressing and undressing.
The dress flows beautifully and is a delight to dance with.
I wonder if the dress still fits me… I hope to wear it to the Jane Austen festival in Bath one day. :)
Now where can I find a bonnet to match?