Are you dreaming of being Jane or Daphne? The Lady Katherine Regency dress pattern was drafted in-house here at Sew Vintagely from an extant dress in our collection. Bring your inner Jane Austen to life or create a fantastical Bridgerton costume.
You will love the versatility of this pattern. Lady Katherine is perfect for historical accuracy enthusiasts. The extant dress is silk velvet and dates to about 1805. You can see pictures of the extant dress here on our blog. But this pattern is also beginner-friendly and lends itself well to history bounding. It can be your blank canvas, ready to be adorned with embroidery or other embellishments.
Lady Katherine comes with three versions to sew. All versions include a bodice that is correct to the period and has not been modified for a modern fit. The front neckline is low and wide and adjusts with a drawstring. The back is secured with drawstrings that tie at the neckline and waist. The Empire waist is fitted at the under bust and the skirt is loose at the natural waist and hips. The skirt is straight and columnar in the front. It is full in the back with pleats or gathers.
Version A is almost an exact replica of the original dress and is intended to be sewn with velvet; although, you can use other fabrics. The skirt has triangular gores that attach at various distances from the waist. The skirt has a train. The sleeves and the back of the skirt are pleated.
Version B uses gathers instead of pleats, and the skirt gores all begin at the waist. It also has a train.
Version C is a beginner friendly pattern with only two pieces for the skirt, and no train.
Your files will be available to download after purchase and will include tiled PDFs for at-home printing, as well as PDFs formatted in AO size that you can send to a local print shop for printing. Our pattern is a layered PDF, which means you can select one size to print. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to open the files and print them.
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