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The Elegant Lady’s Closet

By Jennie Chancey

Silk Crossover Gown

Here is a pattern with something for everyone! I took some designs I’d played around with years ago and turned them into a “mega pattern.” All of the pieces are totally correct for the time period and can be mixed and matched to create an entire wardrobe of gowns!

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Paper Pattern $17.95

ePattern $9.95

Regency Spencer/Pelisse Pattern

By Jennie Chancey

Photo by Gabi Reichert (http://www.5reicherts.com/)

I created this pattern by pulling research together from several sources (along with customer requests!). I studied a Spencer jacket in the D.A.R. Museum collection and one at the Valentine. I also drew from Janet Arnold’s wonderful Patterns of Fashion to create a versatile pattern for short jackets, long coats, and sleeveless pelisses or short gowns.

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Paper Pattern $14.95

ePattern $9.95

Ladies’ 1780s Portrait Dress Pattern

By Jennie Chancey

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When I created the Girls’ 1780s Portrait Dress pattern, I knew I’d want to follow up with a women’s version. The construction of the dresses offered in this pattern comes from the study of dozens of portraits, plus scrutiny of extant gowns for women from this time period, but I’ve stuck with conventional machine techniques in the instructions to allow for ease of sewing.

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Paper Pattern $17.95

ePattern $9.95

Queen Anne’s Lace Gloves Crochet ePattern

By Jennie Chancey

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For the finishing touch to your outfit, fingerless gloves meet the protocol of your costume while providing practicality and freedom of fingers for those Jane Austen tea parties and needlework by firelight. Don't let them intimidate you! These “Queen Anne's Lace Gloves,” designed especially for beginners, are very easy and quick to make!

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Crochet ePattern $2.95

Button Necklace Crochet ePattern – Only $1!

By Jennie Chancey

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Inspired by a gallon jar of vintage buttons, this Interchangeable Era Button Necklace is a perfect accent for your period costumes. It's both quick and easy to make, using only the three most basic crochet stitches and taking an hour or less to stitch. A great starter project for those interested in dabbling with thread!

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Crochet ePattern $1.00

Ana-Gloria’s Georgian Easter Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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These are the pictures of Ana-Gloria’s Easter Dress and my second time with the 1780 Portrait Dress. This time I made the gathered bodice and it went together beautifully and was so much fun to make. The dress is white cotton lawn with a silk dupioni sash in “Tiffany Blue” with a hand made flower […]

Hannah’s Ethereal Regency Gown

By Jennie Chancey

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I must start out by saying that I absolutely adore your website and all the beautiful clothes! I have been sewing since I was a small child (I’m 17 now), and have made two Regency dresses so far; this is my second (and favorite!). I’ve been wanting to make a white Regency dress for a […]

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