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Olivia’s 1780s First Communion Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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My daughter Olivia wanted to look like a princess, and I wanted to find something classic-looking for her First Communion. The portrait dress looked like a perfect fit. Not being a particularly advanced seamstress, I was a bit scared to do it in solid white, but am pleased with how it turned out and so […]

Erin’s Fun Swing Dresses

By Jennie Chancey

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 I made both of these dresses from your Swing Dress pattern. It was a lot of fun and easy to make. The short-sleeved white dress is made out of a reprint flour sack fabric. I had originally wanted to try to use real flour sack fabric from that era but couldn’t find enough flour sacks […]

Laura’s Sumptuous Regency Gown

By Jennie Chancey

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This is a gown I made for a 4-H competition where I received first place! I am also planning on attending a regency ball in the near future. Thank you for this pattern. I absolutely adore it! I have made three other dresses from the regency dress pattern, the only change I made to this […]

Veronica’s Empire Tunic

By Jennie Chancey

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. […]

Survey Results!

By Jennie Chancey

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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!

New Pattern Survey: Take Two!

By Jennie Chancey

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I sent out a survey link in my most recent eNewsletter and posted it on my Message Forum, but I think some wires got crossed somewhere, which left me with some jumbled responses. So I’m going to try this again with some illustrations to help identify the pattern eras in question.

1916 Catalog eBook

By Jennie Chancey

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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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Cecilia’s Bib-Front Regency Gown

By Jennie Chancey

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Dear Jennie, First I want to thank you for having made such a great pattern! I love to work with it, it is so versatile and it fits so well. Here I have changed the Regency Gown into a bib-front gown and added a shirred bib. The ruffle around the hem is shirred with cording. […]

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