The reason? Actually because I am starting on a new Regency dress. Did I say that in the last post? I can't remember. Oh dear.
Anyway, since store-bought patterns can only allow for so much (and everyone else who makes Regency dresses will be using the same patterns, haha), I decided to look to some of my favorite Jane Austen films, costume-wise, for inspiration for both day dresses and ball gowns.
Costume Captures is a lovely place to look for these, but they only have costume studies for two of the movies in this era I really care about (Pride and Prejudice 1995 and Northanger Abbey 2007... oh, they also have Miss Austen Regrets, and I did like some of those costumes so I might have a look at that later). The Dashwood Sisters, a blog I used to frequent but which is no longer updated, also has a gorgeous study of Wives and Daughters, including tips on making the dresses. Not what I'm looking for at present, but y'know. Just in case you were curious.
The 1996 Emma (popularly mis-categorized as 1997) is visually one of my absolute favorites for costumes and hairstyles. Well, Emma's hairstyles. I think that the whole thing has a wonderfully historically-accurate feel. Although, of course, overall my favorite is the 2009 one. (I also love those costumes, even if they feel a little more consistently vibrant than is realistic.)
This film is a bit darker, lighting-wise (which is also realistic, haha), so in some of the scenes I tweaked them a little so we could see the costumes better.
This is not an exhaustive collection of the costumes, not even for Emma herself. I did get most of Emma's, though, and a few other characters whose dresses I felt like saving for inspiration.
I did not take these screencaps myself, I merely cropped them. They are pretty high-quality so feel free to click on them for a closer look! For the sake of space I'm making some of them small.
Emma's day dresses
The bodice detail on this one is interesting. It looks like the little jacket thing has a crisscrossed short puff-ish sleeve and she wears it over the dress.
I don't think we ever see this dress without that bodice piece over it.
I kept this picture to refer to Emma's pretty lace collar thing. It is not a tucker, because it does not tuck... so I am not sure what to call it. *refers to the ever-helpful JA Handbook* A fichu. Okay then.
I love the detailing on Emma's skirt here... am thinking of doing something similar.
Emma's evening and ball gowns
I love her hair in the back! Can I please hire her lady's maid...
This dress looks gorgeous, and unfortunately this is all we can see of it!
Harriet's yellow evening dress
And in the same picture was a white dress of Emma's, so here is another picture for that.
Harriet's ball gown
Harriet's yellow day dress
Harriet's white evening gown
Jane's wrap dress
And there we are.
It is interesting to note that Emma's wardrobe is mainly an assortment of muted green/blue colors along with whites and creams.