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Ladies’ 1780s Portrait Dress Pattern

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When I created the Girls’ 1780s Portrait Dress pattern, I knew I’d want to follow up with a women’s version. The construction of the dresses offered in this pattern comes from the study of dozens of portraits, plus scrutiny of extant gowns for women from this time period, but I’ve stuck with conventional machine techniques in the instructions to allow for ease of sewing.

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Queen Anne’s Lace Gloves Crochet ePattern

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For the finishing touch to your outfit, fingerless gloves meet the protocol of your costume while providing practicality and freedom of fingers for those Jane Austen tea parties and needlework by firelight. Don't let them intimidate you! These “Queen Anne's Lace Gloves,” designed especially for beginners, are very easy and quick to make!

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Button Necklace Crochet ePattern – Only $1!

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Inspired by a gallon jar of vintage buttons, this Interchangeable Era Button Necklace is a perfect accent for your period costumes. It's both quick and easy to make, using only the three most basic crochet stitches and taking an hour or less to stitch. A great starter project for those interested in dabbling with thread!

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Ana-Gloria’s Georgian Easter Dress

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These are the pictures of Ana-Gloria’s Easter Dress and my second time with the 1780 Portrait Dress. This time I made the gathered bodice and it went together beautifully and was so much fun to make. The dress is white cotton lawn with a silk dupioni sash in “Tiffany Blue” with a hand made flower […] Read more…

Hannah’s Ethereal Regency Gown

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I must start out by saying that I absolutely adore your website and all the beautiful clothes! I have been sewing since I was a small child (I’m 17 now), and have made two Regency dresses so far; this is my second (and favorite!). I’ve been wanting to make a white Regency dress for a […] Read more…

Olivia’s 1780s First Communion Dress

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FHCtree

My daughter Olivia wanted to look like a princess, and I wanted to find something classic-looking for her First Communion. The portrait dress looked like a perfect fit. Not being a particularly advanced seamstress, I was a bit scared to do it in solid white, but am pleased with how it turned out and so […] Read more…

Erin’s Fun Swing Dresses

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 I made both of these dresses from your Swing Dress pattern. It was a lot of fun and easy to make. The short-sleeved white dress is made out of a reprint flour sack fabric. I had originally wanted to try to use real flour sack fabric from that era but couldn’t find enough flour sacks […] Read more…

Laura’s Sumptuous Regency Gown

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This is a gown I made for a 4-H competition where I received first place! I am also planning on attending a regency ball in the near future. Thank you for this pattern. I absolutely adore it! I have made three other dresses from the regency dress pattern, the only change I made to this […] Read more…

Veronica’s Empire Tunic

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I wanted an elegant tunic to go over my full skirt, so adapted my Regency pattern with elbow length sleeves into a tunic. I added a band under the bodice, and instead of a gathered back skirt panel I made it fit right onto the band. I’ve received heaps of compliments about my new outfit. […] Read more…

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