Last weekend when dressing for the “Mikelsmäss” I spent 1 hour on my hair (curling, styling and tying the turban) and the remaining 10 minutes to get the rest of the costume on.
This was not a good way to do it, since I usally count at least 30 minutes for the dressing. So I ended up going “half dressed” to the event, and needed help with getting the fichu right and to close the dress when I arriwed.
The reason why it takes so long getting dressed, are of course the many different layers of clothing you need to get the right look of your costume. And tying a back laced corset on your own takes both skills and time.
So here is an other “un-dressing” post – Regency style.
You could also wear a open robe or a spencer over the dress, and a few more accessoares like a riddicule (bag), muff, fan or a parasol.
By now you could call yourself dressed and be on your way. But you would need some small items/accessoares to compleate the look of your costume.
The fichu is a pice of sheer fabric shaped as a rectangel or a tiangel. Ladies used it to cover the neck and bust, and pined it on before putting on the gown.
The regency lady could also have worn an extra under-dress on top of the undergarmnents, to prevent see-througness in verry sheer gowns.
The chemise are worn to keep the swett and dirt from the body away from the corset.
The corset could also be in a short style (ending right below the bust), or in a wraping style.
It is important to remember to put the shoes on before the corset – since it is very difficult to lace or attach buckles while fully corsetted.