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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 […]

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 […]

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