Monday, November 19, 2012

Recreating a Regency Jacket

A wee peek at what we all looked like dressed up at Oamaru

Before - Front

Before Back

After - Front

After - back

On the weekend we had planned to try a second attempt at going to the Victorian Festival in Oamaru.
This time was highly sucessful - but more about that on another post.

The forecast was for 12oC and it was only that!! I was very worried that my dress was made as Regency Ball dress for Aaron's 25th birthday and that I would be cold. Which would definitely have happened.

So talking about this on Saturday Aaron suggested that I go to Save Mart in Dunedin (as we were staying in Dunedin with my sister Ruth) and have a look for something there. I needed to make a Regency style short jacket to go with my dress.

Well right away I spotted a Stax size 12 tweed jacket that I knew I could turn into something for only $6.99.

It is a long time since I used a needle and thread rather than sewing machine but out came thread and a needle. I altered the sleeve bottom to be tighter. I cut the back right up to my dress hem and made the front a bit pointed ( a little bit like Lydia's jacket in Pride and Prejudice when she is going to be "a particular companion" in Brighton). I then stitched up all the button holes and took off all the extra buttons. I folded the lining and the jacket edges in towards each other and slip stitched all around the bottom. Then I resewed on the back tab but in it's new position. A perfect jacket to finish my outfit.


  1. Great work on that jacket! I'm so impressed you did it all with just a needle and thread and no machine!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Wow! That is amazing. It sounds like we are kindred spirits :) I love all things Jane Austen. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. wow it looks awesome - you've done an amazing job with it - yay for a $6.99 purchase too.

  4. Historical costuming is my passion. Nice job!

  5. You did a great job with this jacket. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party and would love to have you share this with everyone. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  6. Awesome, just awesome, I have a regency Valentines Dance coming up, sponsered by our local Jane Austen Society ... I would have just used a regular coat, now I can be awesome, like you!!!!! Thanks so very much for sharing this great idea!

  7. wow, i love it! Great job! Newest follower from shabby creek.


    1. Hi Loni, Thanks for following. Am popping over to visit you.

  8. So cute. I love what you did to the jacket. I would not know were to start.

  9. Awesome idea! I have a friend who's really into Austen-era styles and am going to make her a reversible jacket and a few Empire-waisted tops (shortened to hip length for ease in getting in and out of her car). I will show her this in case she wants one like this, too.
    For those of you who sew Regency era clothing, there is a great pattern source: The site is called 'Sense and Sensibility'. They have patterns from Regency or maybe earlier, down to Edwardian and a few that are later than that. I have several of them now.

  10. Fantastic REinventing looks like a bought one...made right for the occasion. x

  11. Great REfashion.

    Thanks for stopping by and joining in JaM this week.

  12. now i have to get out my patterns, no not for a jacket, just a Christmas outfit...oh wait there is a jacket to that one, and a new years eve dress. thanx for sharing this lovely jacket. great job!

  13. You're just too clever Karen. I love these period type festivals and I love how you transformed that jacket. Thanks for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I'll know who to come to when I need some costumes made up! LOL

    Anne xx

  14. What a fantastic job you did with the jacket, the whole costume looks great down to the long black boots!!

  15. How very clever of you, it looks fantastic.

  16. I am just about to do this for the upcoming Jane Austen Ball on the 29th Aug 2015! :)


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