Jennie Chancey

I launched Sense & Sensibility Patterns in 1998 with my original Regency Gown pattern. I never dreamed I'd one day have over two dozen patterns on the market and would be leading tours yearly in the UK! Enjoy my blog, and let me know if you'd like to travel with us!

1916 Catalog eBook

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This gorgeous 1916-1917 Perry Dame ladies’ clothing catalog includes many color plates and beautifully detailed drawings of what “New York Styles” were available in this time period. There are pages of dresses, skirts, waists, coats, shoes, hats, underthings, girls’ clothing, and more. Even the original order form with measuring instructions is included!

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To get the two halves of this eBook, you’ll need to add both sections to your cart (you will be charged $3.95 for the first and $3.00 for the second–$6.95 total). The second half is below.


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Colette’s 1780s First Communion Dress

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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 […] Read more…

Regency Wedding Creations by Heather

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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.) Read more…

Erica’s Regal Regency Formals

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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. […] Read more…

Making a Regency Long-Sleeved Pelisse

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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, […] Read more…

Pattern Edits in the Works…

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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! Read more…

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