September 2010 archive

Girls’ 1780s Portrait Dress Pattern

By Jennie Chancey

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I have long loved the beautiful, pastoral portraits of the late Georgian Era. Family groupings set in fields and beneath trees painted by artists like Thomas Gainsborough marked a departure from the stiffer, more formal portraits of a generation before. Children in these paintings gradually made an amazing transition from miniature adults to playful, happy youngsters in relaxed poses. Some of my favorite paintings are by George Romney and Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun. Inspired by these lovely, classic portraits, I decided to create this pattern for my own girls, who adore the full skirts and wide sashes of the time.

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Raquel’s Stunning Crossover Gown

By Jennie Chancey

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My Mother bought ‘The Elegant Ladies Closet’ pattern and made me the dress for a Regency Era ball, held at our friend’s home. I just thought I would share the finished product! Didn’t Mother do a lovely job? She is quite the seamstress! Thank you for providing such beautiful patterns! Miss Raquel Ahhhhh! This is […]

A Pinafore Dress for Mirial

By Jennie Chancey

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Hello All! That’s not me…that’s my model…okay, she’s my sister, Mirial. Isn’t she cute as a button?! She was so chipper while I did up her hair and made her pose outside, toting her around all over our yard. Her favorite picture to take was the one where she got to hug the tree. I […]

Jana’s Sprigged Lawn Regency Gown

By Jennie Chancey

I made this for funsies. It is off-white sprigged lawn I got on major sale. Yummy. It is actually a re-do. The first time, I made the top 4 sizes too big in the other top option. Rats! >:( I did terrible things to try to make it work, before hanging it in a corner […]

Robin’s Regency Ensemble

By Jennie Chancey

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I studied abroad in the UK about two years ago, and recently went back for a visit. As soon as I found out that I would be able to visit Bath and surroundings, I knew I had to create a Regency dress. I love all things Jane Austen and Regency in general, so it had […]

Rachel’s 1909 Edwardian Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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I made this dress from the 1909 Edwardian Dress Pattern. I had to modify the shoulder to add more length to it. I also wanted to be able to just slip it on so I cut the back piece 3″ in from the fold and added three rows of cased elastic. I love the gathered […]

A Peek from Friday’s Photography Session!

By Jennie Chancey

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We took pictures Friday of gowns made from two new patterns. The Girls’ 1780s Portrait Dress pattern will be ready to ship soon — we are waiting on the final cover art, which will be ready in a matter of days if all goes well. Once everything is at the printer, we will go ahead […]