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Girls’ Classic 1950s Shirt Dress Pattern – New!

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Girls' Classic 1950s Shirt Dress

The 1940s shirt dress that emerged during WWII was a practical, utilitarian garment without frills that used less fabric but still had a distinctively feminine shape to it. As the style morphed over the coming decade, it became one of the most recognizable icons of fashion history, worn by everyone from glamorous Grace Kelly to thrifty TV housewife Donna Reed. The New Look ushered in fuller skirts and feminine frills, and, while the more angular look of the 1960s pushed it out of the limelight for a while, it was still a wardrobe staple on into the 1970s and right up to the present. My favorite versions, by far, come from the decade of the 1950s and have inspired this pattern with its fuller skirt.

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Giveaway! “Pride & Prejudice” Zipper Pouch

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P&P zipper pouch from andBEeverly

Kristen over at andBEeverly on Etsy has offered a special giveaway for my customers: a cute Pride and Prejudice zipper pouch! It is 9 x 5 inches and features Lizzy and Jane on one side and Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley on the other. Kristen prints her own designs on lovely linen material with Spoonflower. Be sure to see […] Read more…

Becky’s 1910s Tea Gown

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Becky's 1910s Tea Gown | Sense & Sensibility Patterns

Our county fair is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year. There are many special centennial classes plus a heritage day to dress up in a period costume form the last 100 years. Combined with my children’s homeschool formal and some beautiful taffeta on clearance provided me with a great excuse to make a 1910s Tea Gown as a formal gown. Read more…

Waverly’s 1780s Portrait Dress

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Waverly's 1780s Dress | Sense & Sensibility Patterns

Hello, Jennie, My daughter made the 1780’s Girl’s Portrait Dress and loves it. She’ll be wearing it to her piano recital later this year. (Her name is Waverley, and she’s 10.)  I just realized you have a Show and Tell section. That’s really neat to see others who worked on the same pattern and to […] Read more…

Shayna’s Crossover Regency Gown

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Crossover Gown Closeup

My daughter and I began volunteering at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on Put-in-Bay in Lake Erie this past summer. The Regency Crossover dress and stays are the first clothing projects that I’ve undertaken mostly on my own. The hardest part was the fitting. Apparently I have wide shoulders, so with your assistance, I […] Read more…

Kathryn’s First Communion Dress (1780s)

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1780s First Communion Dress

Hello from Wiltshire, UK. I have sewn mostly soft furnishings for the past 10+ years, but despite this I really wanted to make my daughter’s First Holy Communion dress. I first found the Portrait Dress via Pinterest and then tracked down Sense & Sensibility patterns. Reading the blog and seeing other people’s creations on ‘Show […] Read more…

Kari’s Regency Ballgowns

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Regency Couple

Hi Jennie, Last year my self and my family went to a Regency dance. I made all 3 dresses and open robes. I used the Elegant Lady’s Closet and the original Regency Gown pattern for my daughter’s dress. I used the Elegant Lady’s Closet to make the open robes with modifications. The dance was held […] Read more…

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