My Drop-Front Regency Dress

The always helpful Koshka helping me iron my nearly completed dress :)

I made the drop-front, also known as bib-front or apron-front, dress from Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 1.  The pattern was surprisingly easy to work with and only needed minor adjustments to fit.  I took a lot of pictures while making this dress as it is a truly unusual style!  This dress, unlike my other Regency dresses, is possible to put on without any help.

The dress is made of an embroidered linen cotton blend.  It's a very lightweight, almost sheer, fabric.  I did most of the sewing by machine.  I figured the embroidery was already done by machine and I was really more interested in seeing how a drop-front dress worked.  Still, all visible stiching is by hand.


Page One, The Dress (with me!)
Page Two, The Dress
Page Three, Details
Page Four, Construction

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