Modifying my Regency Gown Pattern is extremely simple. I've shown in my Diary of a Dress how to add a train, make an overskirt and add other fancy embellishments to a ballgown. The purpose of this section is to demonstrate how the bodice can easily be changed to button up the front rather than down the back (especially nice for nursing mothers!). I'll also include instructions on how to modify the skirt front for expectant moms.
Here is yet another modification you can make to my basic Regency Gown Pattern. This section will show you how the bodice can be changed to include a drop-front (or “apron front”) panel. This is a fantastic feature for nursing moms, and I can tell you that I absolutely love nursing my daughter in this [...]
This is a project I undertook in Fall of 2000, creating a unique wedding gown for a customer. Through this diary, you will learn how to modify the original Regency Gown Pattern to add a train, make “window” sleeves, add a bodice inset, and more!
Question: Can I create a pattern from a favorite dress, blouse, or skirt without taking the original apart?
Answer: It can be done — and it only takes patience and a few tools!
When I was in Seattle at Expo, I took a class on what is ‘in’ for children’s clothing. One of the topics was shirring. Obviously, that’s not a *new* technique, but it was fun to hear all about how this is making a big come back in garments for all ages, but in particular, for [...]
Subliminally inspired by the Rogers and Hammerstein song, this 1914 Girl’s Easter dress is fashioned in white eyelet with baby blue batiste lining and satin sash. The border eyelet I selected for the project was about 2 yards I had left over from making a smaller sized Girl’s Regency gown. As I had a limited [...]
I am rather late in sending these, but I sewed our first Regency dresses for my two sisters and I back in October for our family Christmas picture. I used Mrs. Chancey’s Regency dress pattern which was wonderful and very easy to work with. I love my Regency dress and hope to make another one [...]
Here is the long-awaited photo. I have now dressed 8 members of the group and working hard to get the rest of them done. We attended an ECD dance workshop and ball last night. The name of my group is Little London Assembly, and we have a separate web page for that at http://www.villageartscoalition.org, groups, [...]
If you’re new to invisible zippers (used in my 1910s Tea Gown and 1940s Swing Dress patterns), then this is an invaluable help. Step-by-step photo instructions will get you there, thanks to the “Sew? I Knit!” blog. Click HERE for the full tutorial. Enjoy!
Covering six lessons, this class includes in-depth, detailed instructions that will take you from purchasing fabric to trimming a finished gown. Lessons discuss fabric types, colors common to the Regency Era, undergarments, and more. You will learn how to create a train or overskirt if you so desire.