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Girls’ Romantic Era Dresses

By Jennie Chancey

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A few weeks ago I made youngest daughters each two dresses from Jennie Chancey’s Romantic Girls’ Dress. I have made this pattern a couple times before. Sensibility patterns are very easy to follow. So I whipped up these dresses in a few days, but I never posted them. So here they are. Dresses made from […]

Amy’s lovely Regency Gown

By Jennie Chancey

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I loved the regency pattern when I first saw it, and I finally talked my Mom, Ann, into making one for me. I picked out this lovely pure white linen and pink embroidered trim. I felt just like a princess in it! Amy W. Well, you look like a princess, Amy, especially with that crown […]

Charity’s Regency Gown

By Jennie Chancey

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Fortunately, when my daughter, Charity, found out that she was to take part in a violin performance on short notice, we had the Regency pattern already on hand! I dug into our stash of fabric, and found this white-on-white cotton print. A fast trip to JoAnn’s yielded the soft pink and green print for the […]

Amy’s lovely drawstring Regency gown

By Jennie Chancey

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Using your Elegant Ladies’ Closet and Underthings patterns, I made this dress for our school’s district-wide Pioneer Day. Pioneer Day has been going on here in Delaware Co., Ohio, for over 30 years for all the 3rd-graders. Delaware, Ohio was established as a town in 1815, bringing many East Coast pioneers to the region. Thus, […]

Amy’s Beautiful Romantic Era Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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I made this dress for a school dance last winter. I didn’t decide on my fabric until just a couple days before the event. I had to work quickly to finish in time, which I did, thanks to my mom and my sister! I did make some short-cuts–the dress had no back closure until a […]

Extant Regency Drawstring Gown

By Jennie Chancey

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One of my customers purchased this gown at auction a few years ago and sent me detailed photographs so I could study the drawstring closure and short sleeve/undersleeve combination. I didn’t end up making the drawstring bodice in my Elegant Lady’s Closet as gathered as this one, but I absolutely love this look. You’ll note […]

Nikki’s Theatrical Costumes

By Jennie Chancey

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Hi Jennie, I just wanted to write to you to show you the dresses that came out of our costuming operation for the last show we worked on. My co-costumer Alyssa J. made both a dress from the Elegant Lady’s Closet and the draw-string neckline gown. I have to say, during the run of this […]

Freebie Friday: What would you like to see?

By Jennie Chancey

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My son has scanned a bunch of beautiful vintage magazines, pattern covers, and more. We’ll be putting one up this Friday for free before it turns into a Dollar Download. Leave a comment here and let us know what you’d like to see as this Friday’s freebie. Something late Victorian? Edwardian? 1940s? Thanks!

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