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Date: 12/20/11 11:46 AM

I asked this down in vintage sewing but that group seems pretty dead, so I'll try here.
I have a big piece of black and white check, (like gingham) very thin, semi-sheer wool that I picked up somewhere. Puzzling over what to do with it I thought it might work for the Simplicity regency dress. (4055). But I'm not sure if the fabric would be right for the period. Anyone know?

I was also thinking about cutting the overdress from the same fabric on the bias (if the pattern pieces will fit) -- again, is that something that would have been period?

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Date: 12/21/11 4:20 PM

Regency is not my period, but I do know small-scale prints with neutral backgrounds were common (cotton was becoming popular and less expensive). Your wool sounds really intriguing! (Any chance of a photo?)

When I'm unsure of the period-appropriateness of a fabric/print/etc, I turn to contemporary images--portraits, fashion plates (if available), etc. I'd also check blogs that deal with this era, as well as resources for writers/re-enactors (because Regency romances are so popular, there are lots of resources available for getting period details right). You might try the Georgian Index, to start:
http://www.georgianindex.net/

...And then, I'd just Google the very thing you're wanting to make, to see if it's common/workable: "checked Regency gown" or similar.

Good luck!

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~Gem in the prairie

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Date: 12/21/11 4:43 PM

It just looks like gingham. The only difference is that it is drapier (is that a word?) and softer, because it's wool. And it's sheer enough that I wouldn't wear it without a slip (or I guess a chemise if I'm doing period), though I should be able to get away without lining it.

I HAVE looked for pictures, but I'm not finding much in any but pale solids and the occassional very small print. I've seen a few comments about checks, but those usually sound more like a tone-on-tone or open checks rather than what I have.
-- Edited on 12/21/11 4:46 PM --

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