Jennie Chancey

I launched Sense & Sensibility Patterns in 1998 with my original Regency Gown pattern. I never dreamed I'd one day have over two dozen patterns on the market and would be leading tours yearly in the UK! Enjoy my blog, and let me know if you'd like to travel with us!

Retro Maternity Style

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Reproduction 1950s maternity smock

When it comes to retro maternity style, I may not be an expert, but I think sheer experience has to count for something! I’ve lived through two decades of maternity wear, beginning with my first pregnancy in 1996, when I was just starting out as a seamstress-for-hire and making lots of Regency gowns. Read more…

ePattern Video Tutorials: Updated 2017

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If you’re new to ePatterns, you’ll want to watch this three-part ePattern video series on how to put together your pattern sheets before you take the plunge. ePatterns are printable PDF files that create “tiles” you piece together to create your master pattern sheets. With a little effort, you’ll be on your way! Read more…

Tracy’s Darling Edwardian Apron

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Girl's Edwardian Apron

My youngest was wanting a new apron for Christmas. She helps me bake for the farmers market in the summer. This pattern was perfect! She picked the fabric (a little house on the prairie print by Andover). It turned out so cute. I bound the edges on the outside of the skirt for extra detail (this was a yellow/gold print from my stash). Can’t wait for her to open it on Christmas. Read more…

Rebecca’s Regency Nightgown

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Girls' Regency Nightgown Closeup

My 10 year old daughter requested a long-sleeved flannel nightgown, so the search began! I was aghast at the cost of a ready-made flannel gown, so I started the search for an appropriate pattern.

I am NOT a highly experienced sewer, but I was willing to give this a try! After communicating with Jennie (who provided incredibly kind encouragement), I felt confident I could complete this project utilizing the Girls’ Regency Gown Pattern.

All I can say is “WOW!” The process of printing, piecing & cutting this pattern was so incredibly easy. The dress came together like a dream. Read more…

1952 My Home Magazine eBook

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My Home July 1952 Cover

This July 1952 issue of My Home contains a delightful number of features, including all of the following:

  • Fashion article with photos “We Take to Beauty,” chock full of style advice
  • A photo essay on “The Royal Family and Their Dogs”
  • Knitting patterns for a jersey suit for toddler boys, men’s striped socks,
  • A full-color insert with “trousseau pretties,” a knitting pattern for a lovely bobble stitch cardigan, and a feature on bedroom furnishings
  • Etiquette and home advice
  • Scads of ads that illustrate the era’s styles and accessories

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1951 Woman and Home Magazine eBook

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Woman & Home Aug 1951 Cover

This August 1951 issue of Woman and Home contains a lot of fantastic features, including all of the following:

  • Fashion plates “ready for your holiday” for April styles, plus a full-color page of children’s fashions
  • “The Story of Windsor Castle,” complete with photographs of the royal family
  • Knitting patterns for a summer twin set and a baby’s matinee jacket
  • Health, beauty and style tips
  • A full-color insert with summer lingerie and children’s clothes
  • Scads of ads that illustrate the era’s styles and accessories

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1951 Woman and Home Magazine eBook

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Woman & Home March 1951 Cover

The same day I nabbed a pile of 1930s magazines, I also managed to get three 1950s treasures as well. This March 1951 issue of Woman and Home is jam-packed with goodies, including all of the following:

  • Fashion plates “to choose with confidence” for April women’s fashions, plus a full-color page of children’s fashions
  • Knitting patterns for a jersey and matching cardigan
  • Health and beauty tips
  • A full-color insert with instructions for a candlewick cushion cover and embroidered sachets
  • Etiquette advice
  • Scads of ads that illustrate the era’s styles and accessories

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A bevy of gorgeous 1930s magazine eBooks!

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Free Magazine Samples

NEW: Four 1930s magazine eBooks! There’s a marvelous antiques shop about 15 miles from our home in South Africa that just brims with treasures. Upstairs is an Aladdin’s Cave of vintage clothing and accessories, and, every now and again, I find a new-to-me magazine or pattern book. Well, I hit the proverbial jackpot this week, as the proprietress had just added a stack of 1930s-1950s magazines with gorgeous full-color covers, detailed seasonal fashion plates, knitting patterns, embroidery instructions and so much more. I scooped up the lot and have been scanning madly so I can share them with you! Read more…

July 1935 My Home Magazine eBook

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My Home July 1935 Cover

This beautiful July 1935 My Home magazine eBook contains a wealth of information, including all of the following:

  • Fashion plates
  • A knitting pattern for a summer-weight jumper (pullover)
  • A crochet pattern for a lace fan afternoon tea cloth
  • Embroidery instructions for a floral workbag
  • Helpful hints for etiquette dilemmas
  • A four-page, full-color centerpiece on home decor, plus home decor advice
  • A gardening feature
  • A variety of ads that illustrate the era

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