April 2009 archive

Bethany's Regency Birthday Party

By Jennie Chancey

Hello Mrs.Chancey, Back in September I had a Regency themed party and all the guests dressed up together. It was a lot of fun! The original Regency dress pattern was used on all of them. I also made a pelisse by changing the same pattern and using the sleeves from the Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern. […]

Victorian Studio Portraits

By Jennie Chancey


Here are two ladies wearing identical ballgowns and photographed in the same studio. The names on the backs of the pictures are different, so this isn’t just one woman with two different expressions. The gowns are gorgeous. Note the wonderful lace collars and the patterned silk of the skirts. I heard from a photo archivist […]

1850s Day Dress

By Jennie Chancey


Here is a wonderful photograph that demonstrates the transition between the 1840s and early 1850s. The short-waisted bodice and stitched-down sleeves with the puffy “bells” above the cuff are typically 1840s. The main difference is in the width of the skirt, which places the gown in the 1850s. Perhaps this lady just kept the old-fashioned […]

Pride & Prejudice (1995) Film Costumes

By Jennie Chancey


Left: One of Elizabeth Bennet’s beautiful Spencer jackets from the recent A&E “Pride and Prejudice” miniseries. This one features nice sleeve details with “toothed” sleeve caps. Center: Three Bennet sisters show off their ballgowns. Notice the crossover front on the far right gown and the lovely gathered bodice front on the center gown. Right: Two […]

Emma (1996) Film Costumes

By Jennie Chancey


Here are several shots from the Miramax “Emma,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Clockwise from top left: Day dress of a lovely sage green with a patterned muslin overdress; plainer day dress with gathered bodice and a gorgeous shawl; day dress of striped pink with a more squared neckline; morning dress with “drop-front” bodice; ball gown with […]

Sense & Sensibility (1995) Film Costumes

By Jennie Chancey


Top left: “Mariann” and “Elinor” ride in the coach to their new home in “Sense and Sensibility.” I love the bonnet Kate Winslet is wearing. Top center: The Dashwood ladies listen attentively to their mysterious guest. Mariann’s daydress is simple and lovely. Top right: Elinor meets Miss Lucy Steele. Note the pelisse Elinor is wearing–a […]

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