If Austenland Were Real…

I’ve been dying to make a regency dress for so long but I never got around to it. Until now…!
When I’m working on a writing project I can’t work on anything else. Any down time I get I either brainstorm ideas, run to my laptop, or doodle my characters’ names. But this summer, as soon as I finished writing my second book and editing my first book, I felt like I had nothing to do in my spare time. I needed another summer project, so I stopped by Joann’s on my way home from work and finally picked out fabric to make a regency era dress. Yay!
My two favorite places to shop are either book stores or fabric stores. I can spend hours and hours at Joann’s. But luckily my feet were already sore from work so I was only there about two hours. That’s short for me.
After a while, I narrowed down my fabric selection to a cartful of at least a dozen fabrics.

I wanted to make a ball gown, so I was looking at the satin, lace, and chiffon options. But then I couldn’t decide on a color. In Mischief and Manors, there’s a significance to the color pink and a certain pink dress. So in the end, I decided to make the dress a pretty rose pink.



Eventually I found a combination I liked and pulled out all my coupons and got out of there spending only $14. (I did have a $25 gift card) but I pretended that it really only cost $14. That sounds a lot better, right? Then I hurried home and got started. I used the simplicity pattern 4055 for the most part, but I did alter it a little. It turned out pretty cute! I used sew-on embroidery flowers on the bodice and a simple lace trim around the neckline and finished it with a ribbon at the waist.

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The most fun I had was trying it on and talking in a British accent while posing for pictures.


It was such a fun project and I can’t wait to make another one! Another reason I didn’t make a regency dress before now was because I couldn’t think of a time I would wear it. I figured I could just make one and hold out hope that Austenland would become a real thing. Or time machines. But then I realized that those would probably never happen, and I settled for the next best thing: My book launch party! I know it won’t be for a few more months but that was a good enough reason for me. Even though it’s not Austenland, when you see me there, never fear, I’ll still most likely be looking like this:


Tally ho!

1 Comment

  1. Ahh Ashtyn this is so cool. I had no clue you were doing this. I know that you have wanted to sew your own regency dress forever and I always loved going to the fabric store and talking about all the beautiful fabrics and the endless possibilities with you. That turned our perfect and im so sad that I wont get to see it in person at the book launch party.

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