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Lyra’s 1780s Girls’ Dress

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I made this dress out of this beautiful blue taffeta and white cotton lace for my then-eight-year-old niece to wear to a formal wedding. Because of her age and size, finding formal off the rack clothes for her was a nightmare. Nothing we found in the stores was suitable. I took matters into my own hands and offered to sew her dress, and my niece was ecstatic. Read more…

Geneece’s Edwardian Apron

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My daughter wanted something “shabby chic” in nature; but we couldn’t come up with something we liked clothing-wise, so we started thinking of curtains for her room. Then it hit us that what she really needed was a new apron. Her child-size Edwardian apron was quite small and she could hardly tie it anymore. We thought the fabric she chose would make a lovely new Edwardian apron, and decided to vary it up a bit by adding a ruffle so that she could incorporate an additional fabric. She actually sewed quite a bit of it herself! Read more…

Thilda’s Swing-Style Blouses

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Blouse

I was always looking for a blouse for my 40’s dresses and I was so happy to found your pattern for the “Swing Style Blouse”. I had never expected to have so much fun while I was sewing the first one. The pattern is so well explained that I finished it in only 6 hours! I was so happy that I started with the 2nd one. For both blouses I used fine cotton and pearl buttons. Now my 40’s dresses are complete. Thank you for your fantastic patterns. Read more…

Lea-anne’s Crossover Gown

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Lea-anne's crossover

This is my second gown from the Elegant Lady’s Closet. I bought a wonderful Indian Ikat weave fabric from Ebay and it suited the style perfectly. Next time I may make the sleeves a little wider and longer, but it turned out so much nicer than my first dress which was a round neck. I think the V neckline is more flattering to well-endowed ladies. I am also wearing my very comfortable Regency stays underneath, but I can’t show you that! The hardest part is simply finding the right sort of fabric for these dresses. Read more…

Anne-Sophie’s “Flying” Dress

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Flying Dress

It’s not my first costume (but my first “Titanic” costume), but it’s one of the costumes I’ve worked the most on (sorry if my English is not good). I used the Simplicity retro pattern, and I altered it for the skirt (moved edge from right side to front right) and shortened the sleeves (way too long in original pattern). That’s the result of my alterations on this pattern, easy to work with. All the embroideries are made by hand (took nearly 140 hours of work). Read more…

Heather’s Regency Ballgown

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Heather's Ballgown - I love the ribbon trim!

I made this dress using your Simplicity pattern. My English Country Dance group was having a ball, and I needed a new dress. I started the dress on the 11th, and the ball was on the 15th! I used a cream colored satin and organdy, and my mom hand embroidered the overlay with little green flowers. And on that fabric, it’s TOUGH! I finished the dress 2 hours before the ball, and I had a lot of fun making and wearing it! Read more…

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