November 8, 2014

An Autumn Regency Fairy Tale

As all tried-and-true fairy tales begin, once upon a time...

As you may have read in my previous posts, I decided to do a Regency inspired take on the miller's daughter from Rumpelstiltskin for Halloween & the Trick-or-Treat in the Village event this year!  (View the in progress posts here: Part I, Part II & Part III)

I was also greatly inspired by Paul O. Zelinsky's stunning illustrations in his
retelling of the classic Grimm's fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin.

Inside-Out: Worn over my 1810s strapped petticoat and silk ribbed stockings, you can read all about the details & construction of the dress here.  Accessories include a ruffly chemisette and a velvet braided hairpiece.

Completed Project Shots: 

“Sometimes fairy stories may say best what’s to be said.” ~C.S. Lewis

The other day had the most perfect autumn weather, so it was time for a photo-shoot!  (Good timing too, because it began to snow the next day.)  *All photographs courtesy of my sister - thanks a million!*

Who said that princesses don't climb trees?

Spinning straw into gold on my drop spindle.

Project Review

Year: None, Regency Inspired

Pattern: Dress of my own pattern, Chemisette started as Sense & Sensibility's Regency Underthings Pattern

Material: Gold striped cotton, black cotton broadcloth, black chiffon, white cotton, black velvet

Cost: Mostly stash fabric, yard of chiffon $4, buttons $9, 2 yards of gold rope trim $5, fake hair $12

Critique:  Well, for a non-historical gown, I'd say I'm quite proud of the construction, especially because a majority of the dress is hand sewn!  Though not exactly the design I had originally intended, I am very pleased with the result!  And, I definitely see more Regency dresses & frilly chemisettes in my future...Overall verdict I'd say is very satisfactory - though my spindle has been put away for now, I am looking forward to an occasion to bring it out again!

And she lived happily ever after...

“In a utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairytales should be respected.” ~Charles Dickens


  1. Hi there Anneliese. I just love your outfit. Do you think you might write something for out newsletter, The Austen Gazette? We have an issue coming out for Christmas, and it would be great to advertise your blog to our members, and for them to read a little of what you do - with a few photos too? Let me know what you think. Regards, Michelle - Society President. (There's a contact form on our website if you want to get in touch),

    1. Oh golly, I just don't know what to say...I'm totally speechless. It would be an absolute honor to write something for your newsletter!! Thank you so much, Michelle!
      Anneliese :)

  2.!!! Tabs!! Tabs!! Tabs!! I LOVE this dress! The color and the TABS!! Hahahaha!! Can you tell I love tabs? They just make me so happy! And the ruffly chemisette is so awesome! Your Rumpelstiltskin re-do is fabulous!

    1. Thank you for all of your kind words, Gina, your comments always bring a bright smile to my face!! *beams* And I totally understand the love for tabs - there's just something "sew" satisfying about them!
      Anneliese :)

  3. oh, what a pretty dress!!! you look so lovely in it :) and i really like the very ruffly chemisette. great job!!

    1. Oh gosh, it's a comment from the famous Samantha...*breaks into happy dance* Thank you so much!! It was a fun project! Anneliese :)