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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 […]

Rachel’s Regency Crossover Gown

By Jennie Chancey

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I have wanted a regency dress for a long time–especially since the plethora of good Austen movies have been made available! My mother purchased “The Elegant Lady’s Closet” collection for my Christmas present last year, and since then I had wanted to make myself a dress, but lacked an something to motivate me. When we […]

Lexi’s 1780s Polonaise

By Jennie Chancey

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Hello Mrs Chancey! My name is Lexi and I am 19. I started sewing from your Regency dress patterns when I was 17, and have continued to enjoy them! I just love your new 1780’s pattern! It was the one thing I wanted for Christmas, and I was so happy to have my Mother order […]

Toile 1780s Toddler’s Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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Two years ago I found this Nativity Toile and made dresses for my then 2-yr-old and 3-month-old granddaughters. This year those dresses were passed down to younger sisters and I made the Portrait Dress for my now 4-year-old granddaughter. I added a pleated ruffle around the neckline. A young lady at church crocheted the lace […]

Adriana’s Stunning Girl’s Georgian Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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This is my first attempt with a Sense and Sensibility Pattern, and it won’t be my last. I had so much fun putting this together. I have made several 1860 dresses, so it was fun to make something from the 1780’s. After falling in love with the photos of the 1780’s Girls Portrait dress on […]

Katie’s Regency Drawstring Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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This was a Regency dress I made by playing around with several different patterns I found (one of which was yours). Instead of a button closer in the back I decided to use a drawstring closer and hid part of that by the waistline ribbon. It won first place at the County Fair! Which made […]

Erin’s Regency Gowns

By Jennie Chancey

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I made these two dresses from your Regency pattern. It was really a lot of fun to make them and I didn’t have any problems at all. The dark red dress I based off a dress Dolley Madison wore. It was my first time using silk and I love the colors. It’s really a lot […]

Tiny Girl’s 1780s Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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I found this lovely dotted voile in my “stash” and just knew it was perfect for the new 1780’s Girls’ Portrait Dress pattern. I love being able to switch out ribbons and sashes for new and fun looks on the same dress! Geneece A. Geneece is my Seamstress-in-Residence and does beautiful work. Isn’t this totally […]

Lydia’s Little Regency Lady

By Jennie Chancey

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We homeschool using the Well-Trained Mind curriculum, and we just finished reading a children’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for literature. (I’m personally a huge fan of Austen, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting this time in school!) After reading the book, we watched the movie, and my girls loved the dresses so much that they […]

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