While I do have a Regency shift already, I was the first one I made from cotton/poly broadcloth and the entire thing is machine sewn. As a result, it is very bulky, not breathable, and very stiff. The neckline is also cut very high and sometimes peeks out from my dresses.
Originally I had used Sense & Sensibility's Regency Underthings Pattern, but I opted for the Laughing Moon Ladies' Regency and Romantic Era Corset, which includes pattern pieces for a shift.
Just like the reviews, the back did run high. To help adjust this, I added 2" to the back of the shoulder strap pieces, and lowered the top edge the same amount to accommodate the change.
|2" extension to the shoulder strap|
Then the fun part began. After cutting out the fabric, I sewed the major seams together using the sewing machine - sides, shoulders, initial attachment of the underarm gussets, etc. The next task was to flat fell all the seams. On my original shift, I did this using the machine, again, resulting in a lot of bulk. However, I opted to do this by hand this time around.
I apologize for not having too many in progress photos, but basically it was a lot of the same thing over and over again; clipping seams, folding them over, then sewing the material down. I do have this picture though from when I was attaching the underarm gussets.
|Finished flat felled seams|
I am super proud of the fact that probably 80% of this garment is hand stitched though. Hand work is always something that tries my patience, and the amount required on the shift required HOURS of it. I think I watched a season and a half of Supernatural while doing all of it.
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Pattern: Laughing Moon #115 Ladies' Regency and Romantic Era Corset
Alterations: Back neckline edge lowered
Materials: Combed cotton lawn
Notions: Cotton thread, thin poly ribbon for neckline drawstring