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Friday Favorite: Matti’s Millinery & Costumes

Some of you might remember a certain little copper satin Regency-era gown that I wore for the Historical Novel Society’s Costume Pageant in 2013.


Our Favorite this week is the originator of that gorgeous frock, Matti’s Millinery & Costumes. Based in Minnesota, Matti’s makes historically accurate attire for men, women, children, and even pets, ranging from the Middle Ages all the way through the Edwardian era. Check out their website or Etsy shop and see if anything strikes your fancy. If you’ve got something else in mind, Matti’s also does custom clothing, and the customer service was wonderful! They also ship internationally 😀

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Friday Favorite: DeviantArt Regency Dress Up Doll

A few months ago, I shared Isobel Carr’s article on Regency-era paper dolls. This week’s Favorite is the 21st Century version.

Created by Sarah Vaughn (aka savivi) for DeviantArt, Regency Dress Up Doll is basically an electronic version of the old paper doll. The outfits and their accessories are all inspired by Jane Austen’s novels and the moves they spawned. You can change facial features and hair styles, too!

And if you prefer Ken to Barbie, the same artist has a Regency Hero Dress Up Doll…with period accurate underclothing 😀

Regency Dress Up Doll

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Friday Favorite: Regency Era Fashion Plates

Every author has her favorite resources, and this week I’m sharing one of mine.

1800-1819 Cover

As the title suggests, it’s a book of fashion plates from the years 1800-1819. Descriptions are only occasionally provided, but the source of each plate is always identified (magazines such as Ladies’ Monthly Museum, Costume Parisien, La Belle Assemblee, and Ackermann’s Repository) along with the year of publication.

Since I’m a huge visual learner, the plates themselves are more important to me than the descriptions. With this book I can see what dinner dresses and pelisses and poke bonnets looked like, what colors they might have been, and how a lady might have worn them. 🙂

Available from Amazon, Amazon UK, and Abe Books.

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Friday Favorite: Candice Hern’s Regency World


Our Friday Favorite this week is a treasure trove of information. Regency romance author Candice Hern recently revamped her website, and now it’s bigger and better than ever!

Features include:

The Illustrated Regency Glossary

A Regency Timeline

Collections of Regency fashion prints, accessories, and other household objects

There’s even a section called Bridgerton Couture, featuring Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton heroines and their fashion selections.

This is one of those websites you can visit and quickly become absorbed in–an excellent resource for the Regency reader or writer 😀