At present I am writing a story set in the Regency era and as I want to get all the details right I am doing some research. Look at this image above. It is exquisite work and all hand sewn. I wonder how long such work took and how the seamstress managed with no artificial light. I wonder how often this gown was worn, perhaps once only.
As my chapter yesterday sent my character off to order a new set of clothes I found myself wondering how she might be measured and discovered measuring sticks were used for lengths of fabric and measuring ribbons for her size. This is a pretty antique measuring ribbon and as you can see there is a loop so it could be attached to a chatelaine if required.
In an era when all garments were made by hand, stockings, stays, shoes, gowns and gloves, it isn’t surprising any Regency Miss could spend hours with her seamstress in the ordering of gowns, the examination of fabrics and adornments and of course, lace.
There will be more on my regency heroine shortly.
Thanks for reading.