February 2009 archive

Anna’s Silk Swing Dress

By Jennie Chancey


This is a lovely pattern! I made it once before without taking the designer’s excellent advice and shortening the bodice to the right length. Doing it right this time around made a big difference–look at the fit of that bodice! I inadvertently installed a too-short zipper in the side seam which makes the dress very […]

Anna’s 1910s Tea Gown Nursing Dress

By Jennie Chancey


This is a unique version of my 1910s Tea Gown, complete with nursing access in the center panel (see the snap detail).Love the color scheme with the chocolate browns and that yummy pink rosette! Thank you to Anna of Pleasant View Schoolhouse and Giles for the photos!

Anna’s Romantic Era Dress

By Jennie Chancey


The girls and I have been happily engrossed in the 1999 BBC miniseries ‘Wives and Daughters,’ which we have never seen before. Daisy above everyone is obsessed with Molly, Roger, and Cynthia, and is full of questions. Why does Cynthia wear two buns AND a ponytail? Why is Molly good? Is it because she has […]

Anna’s Regency Dresses & Blouse

By Jennie Chancey


Hold on to your hats! Anna of Pleasant View Schoolhouse is a prolific, gifted seamstress who creates some of the most beautiful outfits I’ve ever seen. I am thrilled and honored that she uses my patterns, and she has shared pictures of several projects, so prepare to drool! (Stunning photography by Anna’s son Giles!) Bella’s […]

Lydia’s Regency Dress

By Jennie Chancey


I made this dress for my 2 yo daughter using your Girl’s Regency pattern. I added homemade piping at the neckline and waist, as well as making the skirt lining a little longer than the skirt and turned it right-side out. Lydia (my daughter) and I are very pleased with the results, and I am […]

Regency Graduation Dress

By Jennie Chancey


This is me in the gown my Gramma and I made this March. We used cream colored eyelet, with darkish pink for the lining. It was fun and simple to put together! These pictures are from my eighth grade “graduation” ceremony. A couple of girls came up to me after the ceremony and told me […]

Regency Opera Costumes

By Jennie Chancey


I am currently producing an opera set in the Regency time period, and have used some of your patterns for our costumes (which are looking beautiful!) ~ Elaine C. from Worcester Opera Works Opera! I’m tickled pink to see gowns from my patterns up on the stage!

Regency Theater Costumes

By Jennie Chancey


These are photos from a wonderful production of ‘Northanger Abbey’ at the Pear Avenue Theatre in Mountain View, CA. The Pear is a tiny theater. The play was done with very few props and very little furniture. All the ladies’ gowns are variations on either the Simplicity pattern or the Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern. The […]

Cindy’s Regency Ballgowns

By Jennie Chancey


It’s been a while since I emailed you, but it was because the rest of the sewing went great & I didn’t need any more help. I was pretty excited to share with you some pictures of our family at the dance last Friday. I also followed your instructions to fix my daughter’s hair & […]

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