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Colette’s 1780s First Communion Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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I have no experience with historical sewing, so I make no claims that the lace or anything else on this dress is period-correct When I had trouble finding a modest and elegant pattern for my daughter’s first communion dress, I turned to period patterns and found this lovely website, and I am delighted with the […]

Kyra’s Beautiful Girl’s 1780s Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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My daughter, Kyra, absolutely loves this dress. The sash is not as wide as the pattern calls for, since I only had a minimal amount of the blue, but it went perfect with the blue flower fabric. I also had to put in an elastic “drawstring” since it was slipping off her shoulders too much […]

Regency Wedding Creations by Heather

By Jennie Chancey

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Heather created this gown and bridesmaid’s dress for her daughter’s wedding. I think the bride looks charming, elegant, and relaxed all at the same time. Thanks so much for sharing these, Heather! (In case you didn’t catch them, Heather also shared some earlier photos of her daughter in Regency attire.)

Erica’s Regal Regency Formals

By Jennie Chancey

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About a year and a half ago, my entire family planned to join my brother and sister for Thanksgiving at their college in Florida. During the trip, my brother, sister, and I were to attend a formal event together. Immediately, of course, my sister and I started dreaming and scheming about what we would wear. […]

Kara’s Darling Girl’s Regency Dress

By Jennie Chancey

I’m an adventurous beginner seamstress. I like to pretend I know what I’m doing — but in reality, I don’t have the faintest clue. I got the regency pattern for me, and made my dress, and I think I attempted to alter it more than my skill would allow — its looks pretty funny. So, […]

Making a Regency Long-Sleeved Pelisse

By Jennie Chancey

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Lorna has put together a step-by-step tutorial, showing how she created a pelisse (coat) from my Regency Spencer & Pelisse pattern. It includes excellent photographs and inspiring original images and shows how easy it is to modify my pattern to reproduce an extant garment. Pop on over to Lorna’s blog for all the fun. Thanks, […]

Pattern Edits in the Works…

By Jennie Chancey

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Over the past 13 years, I’ve revisited patterns many times to make changes, correct errors, or add something to the instructions or illustrations. Most of these changes have come from suggestions made by my wonderful customers, and I always appreciate the feedback. As I’ve sewed for my growing daughters, I’ve started making notes on what needs tweaking, so there are some needed changes afoot!

Nursing Modification for the 1940s Swing Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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Laura Singer has put together a photo tutorial to show how she modified my “Swing” Dress pattern to work for a nursing mother:   Hello Mrs. Chancey, I contacted you a while ago about your recommendations for making the swing dress nursing friendly. I documented the process in a photo tutorial on my blog, which […]

Melanie’s Sumptuous Regency Ballgowns

By Jennie Chancey

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Since the very early days of being a Jane Austen fan, I have longed for the opportunity to dress up in a Regency ballgown. I had made myself some Regency day dresses, but not a ballgown… until we were invited to a Regency-themed Christmas ball! I ended up making two gowns: one for me, and […]

Darling Girls’ Regency Dresses for Wedding

By Jennie Chancey

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I wanted to make some nice dresses for my daughters Ultraviolet (Violet for short, 4yrs) and Millivolt (Millie for short, 2yrs) to wear to my sister Joelle’s wedding. I had drafted a pattern myself for empire waist style jumpers for them in the spring, but I didn’t feel that I had time to work out […]

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