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Centennial Belles of Port Alberni
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LADIES:  Long dress with any length of sleeve but not sleeveless.  Low neckline and high waistline under bust.

Ladies must accessorize with gloves and a bonnet and optionally a parasol, reticule (purse) and jewellery.

GENTLEMEN:  Tail coat and britches (below the knee) with waistcoat, white shirt and  neck cloth (cravat) and knee high boots.  Top hat is preferred.


Here are some options for you to consider for Ladies.
Gentlemen and Children coming soon.)

*Patterns available at our workshops*

 For more examples of Regency Costuming click here "
Option One is what Nancy did.

She bought the fabric and downloaded the pattern from Sense and Sensibility.

  For more information on fabrics and patterns click here.

Photo credit: Stirling Images Photography
Option Two was Camie's choice.

Her dress is a thrift store purchase with the addition of the lovely bonnet that she made for herself.

Photo credit: Stirling Images Photography
Option Three was Pat's choice.

Pat used all her charm to convince Linda to make her and her grand daughter a lovely twosome ensemble.

Photo credit: Stirling Images Photography
Option Four was Victoria's choice.

Victoria was able to have Deb (one of our Centennial Belles who is also a very talented seamstress) make her costume.

Photo credit: Stirling Images Photography
Option 5: Checking online.

he dress on the left was found on Etsy.com under a vendor's name of Verdantaah.

This gown is priced at $168 but they do vary in size and quality
Option 6: Buying from the Centennial Belles

This dress has been made out of a rust cotton blend and seen here with a Spencer Jacket.  Linda made this dress and many others that are for sale at very reasonable prices. Gowns can be viewed and tried on at any of the costume workshops listed.