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!

Veronica’s Empire Tunic

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I wanted an elegant tunic to go over my full skirt, so adapted my Regency pattern with elbow length sleeves into a tunic. I added a band under the bodice, and instead of a gathered back skirt panel I made it fit right onto the band. I’ve received heaps of compliments about my new outfit. […] Read more…

Survey Results!

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It has been fun to see responses come in to my recent pattern design survey. I closed it today and went through all the stats and comments, and what a huge array of tastes and preferences you have!  Read more…

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…