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Cost of a Woman’s Clothing in the Regency Era

Recently, I had someone ask me about the cost of such items as court gowns for presentation to the queen and dresses for the London season. Another question came only a week or so later asking about food stuffs, etc. … Continue reading

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Circulating Libraries in the Regency Era

Another author friend sent me these questions regarding the circulating libraries. I will provide the short answers to the questions first and then provide a longer explanations. Was there always a fee to check out a book? Was that paid … Continue reading

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Dressmakers and Fashion and What Jane Austen Said of Both

A woman’s dressmaker, or “mantua maker,” as they were often known during the late Georgian era, were essentially paid to know what was the latest fashion trends. Most of us who are obsessed with the era, know something of fashion … Continue reading

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When and When Not to Wear Boots in the Regency Era

Admittedly, several fashion illustrations for men of the Regency era show the man wearing a blue coat, beige pantaloons and boots. This has been described as the fashionable look for gentlemen. Because of this, many authors seem to think such an outfit was suitable … Continue reading

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Dressmaking During the Regency

Often in a Regency book, we find a situation where the woman requires a new day dress, gown, riding habit, etc. I was reading a book of late where the modiste finished several gowns in two days, but was that … Continue reading

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Young Children’s Clothing in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Before the 20th Century, clothing for boys and girls lacked “gender” distinctions. Up until the 16th Century, both males and females worn some sort of gown or tunic. However, eventually, male and female clothing became more distinct. Boys and girls … Continue reading

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Of Lace and Finery: Coded Language in Austen’s Novels, a Guest Post from Diana J Oaks

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on July 26, 2021. Enjoy! Jane Austen continues to astonish me. We turn again toward her use of clothing to inform her characters, this time focusing on the handful of references to lace … Continue reading

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The Art of Dressmaking During the Regency Era

I had another author recently ask me if I knew the time frame for a dressmaker to complete a gown. In the scenario explained to me, the gown was already embroidered and an initial fitting had occurred. So it is … Continue reading

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Regency Men’s Wear: The Coat

During the Regency era, men’s fashion changed dramatically from the powered-wig peacocks of the late 1700s. Throughout the last decade of the 18th Century, men continued to wear the coat, waistcoat, and breeches.  However, changes were seen in both the fabric used … Continue reading

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Ladies Court Dresses 17th – 20th Centuries, a Guest Post from Gianna Thomas

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on December 25, 2017. Enjoy!!!  A few months back, I did a post on the Peacocks of the 18th and 19th Centuries showing the elaborate embroidery done on the men’s court suits. Am I still … Continue reading

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