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!

Natalie’s Toddler Regency Dresses

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I made two Regency dresses for my daughters to wear for my sister-in-law’s wedding. They are 11 months, and 2 years old. Sizes one and 1 and 2 fit perfectly, though they are both on the small side. I used a 100% cotton from Wal-Mart. I made both dresses with the “drawstring” look. I really like how easy they were to put together and to get on and off. I also think the gathering across the bodice made the cotton a little dressier for a wedding. Read more…

Rebecca’s 1940s Swing Dress

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I have always been inspired by vintage fashion since I was a young teen and thought the clothing so glamorous and practical compared to modern fashions today. As a young woman I wanted more dresses in my wardrobe, so in 2010 I sewed up Jennie’s marvelous swing dress pattern for the first time. Since then I have completed two swing dresses from the pattern and always get compliments when I wear them. Read more…

Katie’s 1780s Easter Dress

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This was my first experience with Jennie’s GORGEOUS patterns! I love the easy, common-sense instructions, the appendices and the history included. My 8yr old’s gorgeous Easter dress is my favorite project I’ve ever made. I’m already in progress with two other Georgian patterns for he,r and I cannot wait to fill her closet (and maybe mine) with these beautiful dresses! Read more…

Claudia’s Regency Drawstring Gown

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I made this dress based on the drawstring pattern, size 20 . I am Dutch and in European terms it would be a size 46. Although I made a judgment error (double layered the bodice, and the two fabrics combined are too stiff), I am still quite pleased with the result. The colors are a bit ‘serious’ for the period, however, I fell in love with the fabrics and simply had to use them. Read more…

Rebecca’s Regency Ensemble

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This is my new Spencer, which I’m wearing with the Regency gown. The Spencer is made of a polished cotton that has a black-on-black floral print. I think it almost passes for a silk taffetta. Almost. I’m especially pleased with the way the pleated frill at the neckline and cuffs turned out. Whenever I watch period dramas, it always seems to me that it’s the little individualistic details that make the best costumes stand out, and I’m determined to be as inventive as I can in my own projects. Read more…

Lyra’s 1780s Girls’ Dress

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I made this dress out of this beautiful blue taffeta and white cotton lace for my then-eight-year-old niece to wear to a formal wedding. Because of her age and size, finding formal off the rack clothes for her was a nightmare. Nothing we found in the stores was suitable. I took matters into my own hands and offered to sew her dress, and my niece was ecstatic. Read more…