Friday, May 09, 2008


It's strange to think that beneath the elegant, high waisted gowns women still wore corsets. The dresses hang straight so one wonders why did they need these underpinnings?
The red effort is modern, but is a replica of the garments worn by Regency ladies.
Of course the female servants, and working women, would not have worn anything so restricting - but then they didn't wear the high-waisted style, they tended to have the waist in it's proper place.
If you have a yen to make one for yourself then you can obtain a pattern like this one from various on line stores. Even if I was dressing in a Regency gown, I wouldn't try and squash myself into one of those instruments of torture!!
Fenella Miller
A Debt of Honour out now - from Amazon UK & USA also, as an e-book.

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