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Girls’ 1780s Portrait Dress Pattern

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I have long loved the beautiful, pastoral portraits of the late Georgian Era. Family groupings set in fields and beneath trees painted by artists like Thomas Gainsborough marked a departure from the stiffer, more formal portraits of a generation before. Children in these paintings gradually made an amazing transition from miniature adults to playful, happy youngsters in relaxed poses. Some of my favorite paintings are by George Romney and Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun. Inspired by these lovely, classic portraits, I decided to create this pattern for my own girls, who adore the full skirts and wide sashes of the time.

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Raquel’s Stunning Crossover Gown

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My Mother bought ‘The Elegant Ladies Closet’ pattern and made me the dress for a Regency Era ball, held at our friend’s home. I just thought I would share the finished product! Didn’t Mother do a lovely job? She is quite the seamstress! Thank you for providing such beautiful patterns! Miss Raquel Ahhhhh! This is […] Read more…

A Pinafore Dress for Mirial

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Hello All! That’s not me…that’s my model…okay, she’s my sister, Mirial. Isn’t she cute as a button?! She was so chipper while I did up her hair and made her pose outside, toting her around all over our yard. Her favorite picture to take was the one where she got to hug the tree. I […] Read more…

Robin’s Regency Ensemble

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I studied abroad in the UK about two years ago, and recently went back for a visit. As soon as I found out that I would be able to visit Bath and surroundings, I knew I had to create a Regency dress. I love all things Jane Austen and Regency in general, so it had […] Read more…

Marlene’s 1910s Tea Gowns

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Here are two of my latest creations–gowns created from Mrs. Chancey’s lovely pattern! Being as I’ve been in an ‘Edwardian Fashion Craze’ for the last couple of months, I decided to buy the pattern and make the dress for a yearly dance we have at my parish. The dress I wore is the yellow-colored one–my […] Read more…

Trace those master pattern pieces!

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I’ve received several questions about what to use when tracing pattern pieces for repeated use (paper? tissue? interfacing?). My absolute favorite choice is Swedish Tracing Paper, which is washable, reusable interfacing (“paper” is a bit of a misnomer). You can even make your fitting toiles from this stuff, as it will stand up to sewing […] Read more…

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