their website, we found all kinds of things going on and made reservations for the tea and one of the classes. Then we read that the public is invited to wear Regency dress, too! Of course we must! The excitement is too much to bear! But what to wear?
Some searching lead me to Sense and Sensibility's The Elegant Lady's Closet pattern.
This pattern has sizes 6 through 26DD included. My daughter is petite but larger than most of the Big Four patterns so this one will do perfectly and the FBA is already done! The first obstacle was underpinnings. The pattern is designed for stays to be worn. I don't have time or skills to make stays! After reading some old reviews of the pattern, one lady said a regular bra won't work but a minimizer--something that lifts up and squishes--will work nicely with this dress. Saved. We both have one.
Now on to the muslin. Yes, muslin. I actually made muslins for both of us since this is such a different company and fit. I found that I fit a size 20C with a larger sleeve band and she fits a size 24D with size 26 sleeve and larger sleeve band. I have to go out of town today so tomorrow I'll be cutting into the real fabric! And yes, I'm re-reading Sense and Sensibility to get in the mood. I just finished Northanger Abbey. Daughter is reading her favorite, Persuasion.