MY mr. darcy
Well, I've finally finished my husband's Regency Shirt. I'm extremely pleased with the way it turned out. I used the Kannik's Korner pattern, which you can find here. I have never used a pattern that was so historically accurate, and yet, very easy to follow. I would highly recommend it to anyone that wants to try there hand at reproducing a historically accurate garment.
I DID sew it all by hand, as the pattern recommended, though I suppose you could use a machine. But, I have to encourage you to try hand sewing if you haven't. (I can't believe I'm saying that!) I found hand stitching horrible when I first started doing it last December, because I was always so impatient, and wanted to see the end results right away. But, now, I've come to see the fine differences in the way the fabric drapes when the garment is hand sewn; it simply looks so much more authentic. There is also a certain amount of pride of work that comes into play when you hand stitch an article of clothing. It really didn't take as long as you might imagine it would. I sat down for about an hour each evening after work, and a couple of hours on the weekends, and it only took me about a week to finish the shirt. I could have easily finished it in a couple of days if I wasn't teaching during the week.
Forgive the safety pins. I'm waiting on an order of Dorsit Buttons to come in the mail. Once the buttons are here, I will attach them, and the shirt will be complete.
Also, the white fabric I have around his neck is NOT the official cravat. It's a temporary fix for the photo op.
My husband needs a shave, but other than that, I think he makes a FINE Regency Gentleman...even if he IS being seen in his "undergarment" right now!