When last we left off I had tantalized you all with the promise that I would talk about a couple of sleeve variations you could do.
View C of the Laughing Moon pattern shows a very pretty short puffed sleeve. I think of this as THE SLEEVE of the Regency, the one most associated with the silhouette of the era. However the regency era has a vast array of sleeve options besides this simple variant.
I thought it would be fun to show a couple variations one could do with the SAME pattern piece just altering the way it is made up.
Here is the short puffed sleeve pleated onto my form and on to a dummy arm.
The pattern calls for the sleeve to be gathered into the armscye and a band.
So this variation shows pleats instead of gathers, and the length if one did a casing for historically inaccurate elastic (as opposed to the length and finish of a band as called for in the pattern).
I think this Variation is best suited for very drapey fabrics. The bottom edge is left free and the center point on the sleeve shifted back on the shoulder. A simple hem or decorative border of lace would be lovely here. Something about this feels very Grecian and mature.
Here we have left the bottom edge un-gathered but used a ribbon to loop up the center of the sleeve. This variation is much like the front to the bodice in View C, repeating that design element on the sleeve gives a purposeful feel to the gown as a whole.
Here it is with the sleeve caught up in multiple places, a very pretty effect. I think it would look lovely repeated at the hem of gown, which is good considering that this pattern runs a little long.
So here are three (ish) ways to use the same pattern piece to achieve a different effect. I like to think, “What my character would like? Does she dress a little young for her age? Is she a settled and imposing matron? Which sleeve would appeal to these different women?”
What other variations can you think of?
Here is a link to a whole slew Regency sleeve inspirations.
Next Time: I discuss fabric lay outs and touch briefly on the lay out variations I was forced to take. Also cutting out and assembling the bodice.