Book Review: The Wish Booklet, Fashions 1806 – 1810 by Susan Sirkis

It’s no secret I LOVE making the Regency dresses…many with the train in the back. I stumbled upon this booklet by accident one time and it’s pretty much my go-to book whenever I make a new Regency dress. I just like looking at the drawings to help me figure out what direction the new dress may take and I love to be inspired for how it might look in the end.

The book is called “The Wish Booklet Fashions 1806 – 1810.” This particular volume is XV. It is a paperback book and has 49 pages.

If you click on the pictures they will enlarge.

Susan Sirkis is the author and she has many of “The Wish Booklets” covering different topics. Here are a few of her other titles…

The Wish Booklet 19th Century Children’s Fashions
The Wish Booklet Fashion 1776
The Wish Booklet Fashions in Time
The Wish Booklet Ladies Fashions 1831 – 1835
The Wish Booklet Miniature Fashions of the 1800’s
The Wish Booklet Wardrobe for a Little Girl 1900 -1910

All the booklets start with “The Wish Booklet” and then cover a certain period of time. I just checked on Ebay and there were 26 books from Susan. I also have the one of 1776 fashions…

My book has instructions for making a cloth doll in the very beginning, but that part was just incidental for me… I was only interested in the details of the clothing…

There are 10 dresses described in here and each one has at least one page describing it. These are the pages I combed over to get the details right…

There are also pages of information on petticoats, corsets, nightgowns, shoes, mitts, shawls, aprons, necklaces and earrings, muffs, parasols, recticule’s, and more!

Here are a few bonnets… #25 cracks me up every time I see it…

In the back of the book there are patterns that you can enlarge if you like. I’ve always just used them to look at the pattern and see what the pattern shape looked like, or how a curved line was actually cut. For me, this book is purely for reference…

If you are interested in Regency styles, (or any of the time periods), Susan’s books are pretty informative and I am happy to have this book in my collection. Maybe you’d like it too…

Now, I thought I’d show a few of my “lesser seen” Regency dresses… No particular reason why they don’t get shown as much, but they don’t…

The oldest ones in the archives, are the two shown on Josefina… they date back to 2008!

The next ones were from 2009…

…and this last one, with the gold shimmery fabric, was made in 2011. I’ve certainly made lots of Regency dresses…

I hope you enjoyed the book review and the slideshow!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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8 more BLUES on 8 more dresses…

I’m back…but just barely. You’ve never seen a wedding until you’ve seen an AFRICAN wedding. The groom was from Zimbabwe, Africa, and he had family in from Zambia, Zimbabwe, England and more places than I can remember. They know how to visit, dance, and party till the wee hours of the night. They were partying “African Dance” style and they had a blast! It was very fun to watch them! The wedding started at noon on Saturday and was still going strong when we left at 10:15 that night. (I heard that it went until 2:00 in the morning!) It was wonderful and very joyful for all of them to be together, but let me tell you, my hubby and I were pooped out. We helped do some cleaning up and I helped serve the cake… 16 Tres Leches cakes….if you know what those are!
I didn’t want to share any pictures of the wedding without the couples permission, and they are obviously not here to ask, so I’ll wait. :o)

There were hundreds of people who attended and today (Sunday) we had a huge picnic for those who were came from out of town and wanted to visited with all the other alumni. It has been in the works for a couple of weeks and we finally pulled it off today… It was 91 degrees outside but wonderfully, there happened to be a slight breeze to keep us all from melting! I was too busy and never even thought to snap a single picture, so I don’t have anything related to the wedding…but I do have some dresses with trains to show you… the rest of the blue Regency dresses. I have 8 dresses in various blue fabrics to share with you.

I hope you’ll enjoy them…

Traveling all the way to March, 2008, we find Josefina modeling a blue Regency dress for me… I’ve certainly made a few regency dresses from this fabric and still have some left… FOR MORE if need be! I didn’t give this one a name back then…

If you click on any picture it will enlarge.

The second oldest dress in the lot I’m showing you today is from December 2009. Elizabeth is showing off her modeling skills in an aqua blue and brown print dress with a brown corduroy Spencer… No name for it either.

This next dress is a taupe and blue print dress and I just had a very nice subscriber email and tell me she had this one flagged as a favorite and thought I had forgotten to list it when I showed the first darker blue dresses. She’s had it saved since July, 2011! How flattering is that for me to think someone liked it enough way back then to save it! It was another nameless dress set.

This dress is actually a dark navy blue with a purple flower in it, so I included it in with the “blues!” It was made in February 2012 and Elizabeth did a stunning job of modeling this one. It’s one of my favorites… I thought she looked beautiful in it… again…no name…

I had a Marisol doll for a very short while… actually this next Regency dress was the only thing she ever modeled for me. I had a hard time photographing her darker skin…but she had the most beautiful hair I’ve ever seen…I called this dress “Enchanting” and it was made in April of 2013. Actually, I had this one listed and I called the color turquoise… and the lady who bought it, thought it looked more like she said she wanted to return it… (First time ever!) I was goofy and refunded her money before I actually received the dress back from her… Then she emailed me and said the color was growing on her and she thought she’d keep the dress… Now she had the dress AND my money from the refund… A few days went by and I was sweating bullets… but about 4 days later she sent me back the payment and I finally breathed again!

Another dress I made from that blue rayon fabric was one I just showed you a few pictures of the other day, when I was copying the bonnet to “Blissful in Blue.” I called this one “Details Matter” and it certainly had lots of them. It was made in August of 2013.

Ellowyne, by Robert Tonner, modeled a few Regency dresses for me and I loved how she could be posed with a shawl about her shoulders. This dress was called “Elegant Designs for Ellowyne” and was made in September 2014. Doesn’t she look gorgeous? Sorry…but I’m prejudiced a little bit.

The last blue dress done in the Regency Style was one for Janie… my 13″ Dianna Effner, Little Darling. As you can see, it’s the same fabric as Ellowyne’s dress. It was soft as a tissue and so perfect for gathers. It was called, “My Littlest Regency Girl” and was made in November, 2014. I thought Janie looked so adorable.

Well, I’m all out of blue Regency dresses and hope you enjoyed the slide show!

Any favorites in the bunch?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Blue Regency dresses and a blue bathing suit…What?

(I’m writing this Friday afternoon in a spare moment I found.) I wanted to remind you that Elizabeth’s “Blissful in Blue” Regency dress ends Saturday evening. I will be gone most of the day for an all day wedding and reception…actually 2 receptions.. (700 people are coming!!), so I probably won’t get to comment again on Saturday. Anyway, here is the listing on Ebay if you happened to have missed it. (I will have my phone with me so I’ll be able to see who wins it!) That’s my favorite part! :o)

~ Blissful in Blue ~

I wondered just how many pretty blue Regency dresses I have made in the past and as I’m typing this, I don’t have a clue. I’ll be back in a minute after I check and see. (sing the music from Jeopardy as I search my archives… duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh…. ) I thought I’d show you a few of the brighter ones and see if you have a favorite… maybe it’s Blissful in Blue or maybe it’s one of the other ones…

I’ll show you the other blue ones another time…

Ready? Let’s see some other Blue Regency Dresses…

This first one was called, “Caroline, For Your Eyes Only!” I made it September, 2012.

This next blue dress was made in March of 2013, but I didn’t see a name for it…

This lighter blue dress with tiny white birds on it was called, “Simply Blue” and was made in July, 2014.

This one was made in November 2015, and was called “Bluebell.”

..and then of course, the one ending tonight… Blissful in Blue…

Anyone have a favorite?

Now, I mentioned a blue bathing suit….well, it’s got some red in it, but I had to play up the blue to make it work for my post today! Joy sent me this picture of a sweet bathing suit she made for Libby, her Little Darling. She used a Jen Wren pattern and isn’t it adorable? The sweet dress on Julie was made by a friend. Who’s ready for the beach?

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne [Read more…]

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~ Blissful in Blue ~ Caroline’s Regency dress is ready….

Elizabeth and I had a wonderful photo session… too good, in fact. I took 51 photos and didn’t want to eliminate ANY of them… she truly is an amazingly beautiful and photogenic doll. Once I got the light right, she did her thing and charmed her way through all the pictures without me having to tell her anything… (well…it was almost like that!) :o)

Elizabeth got all the pretty pictures taken of her, but Caroline got her name in the Ebay title, as she’s the American Girl Regency period doll. Anyone looking for Regency dresses will look under Caroline. Poor Elizabeth, all that work modeling for me and she doesn’t even get recognized as a true Regency girl…

I had my listing all ready and scheduled to go on Ebay and about an hour before it was supposed to go on, I remembered I hadn’t put my story line in my description…. DUH! So I had to hurry and do a little editing…I was doing a little reading and realized I don’t know as much about Caroline’s time line as I would like… I had to make up the part about “The Women’s Society Club” and hope that there really was one…
I hope they had “fashion shows” too… If not, I guess it’s okay… it’s just a listing…

I decided to go with “Blissful in Blue.” It was a favorite in the comments and emails sent to me. Breathtaking in Blue was second, but it was too long. Blue Persuasion was good and so was Vision in Blue. I have those names and all the others suggested, written down and will use them sometime in the future. Thanks for all your help…:o)

I did brush up on the gloves and found an interesting quote from some article…(I forgot to write down the source…oops!) It said, “The glove should advance considerably above the elbow and there be fastened with a drawstring or armlet.” Then it said, “But this should only be the cases when the arm is muscular, coarse or scraggy. When it is smooth, fair and round, it will admit the glove being pushed down to a little above the wrists.”
So I decided Elizabeth had smooth and fair and round arms…not scraggy ones… (What’s a scraggy arm, anyway?) Oh, I’ll save you from looking it up, as I just had to find out… it’s a wrinkled, crepey, skinned arm… :o)

I guess you’d like to see some pictures now? Here are a few… like our session, I had a hard time narrowing it down… If you’d like to see the listing, you can click on the picture at the top right side bar or you can click HERE.

If you want to see any of the pictures below, larger, just click on them.

See, I told you she was photogenic, didn’t I? I hope you enjoyed seeing her whole dress set.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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