Posted by JW on March 24, 1998 at 07:00:29:
In response to spots, checks, sprigs, and stripes..., written by P. Bingham on March 23, 1998 at 02:25:28
] They had a decent variety of fabric designs available to them, including prints and florals. The prints were usually small though. The best source I know that goes in to wonderful detail about the dress-making process and the fabrics used is The Fabric of Society. You should be able to check it out from a library. Look in Pemberley's bibliography for more information on this book. As far as what fabric type to use, there are plenty of ladies here who share your hobby and I'm sure they will be following soon!
JW: They had a wide range of fabrics available but the dyes were very limited and relied mainly on vegetable sources. Not until the development of synthetic aniline dyes in the 1850's were deep mauves , greens and reds available. Regency clothes would look rather pastel to us.
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