Archive of ‘Show & Tell’ category

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…

Geneece’s Edwardian Apron

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My daughter wanted something “shabby chic” in nature; but we couldn’t come up with something we liked clothing-wise, so we started thinking of curtains for her room. Then it hit us that what she really needed was a new apron. Her child-size Edwardian apron was quite small and she could hardly tie it anymore. We thought the fabric she chose would make a lovely new Edwardian apron, and decided to vary it up a bit by adding a ruffle so that she could incorporate an additional fabric. She actually sewed quite a bit of it herself! Read more…

Thilda’s Swing-Style Blouses

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I was always looking for a blouse for my 40’s dresses and I was so happy to found your pattern for the “Swing Style Blouse”. I had never expected to have so much fun while I was sewing the first one. The pattern is so well explained that I finished it in only 6 hours! I was so happy that I started with the 2nd one. For both blouses I used fine cotton and pearl buttons. Now my 40’s dresses are complete. Thank you for your fantastic patterns. Read more…

Lea-anne’s Crossover Gown

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Lea-anne's crossover

This is my second gown from the Elegant Lady’s Closet. I bought a wonderful Indian Ikat weave fabric from Ebay and it suited the style perfectly. Next time I may make the sleeves a little wider and longer, but it turned out so much nicer than my first dress which was a round neck. I think the V neckline is more flattering to well-endowed ladies. I am also wearing my very comfortable Regency stays underneath, but I can’t show you that! The hardest part is simply finding the right sort of fabric for these dresses. Read more…

Heather’s Regency Ballgown

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Heather's Ballgown - I love the ribbon trim!

I made this dress using your Simplicity pattern. My English Country Dance group was having a ball, and I needed a new dress. I started the dress on the 11th, and the ball was on the 15th! I used a cream colored satin and organdy, and my mom hand embroidered the overlay with little green flowers. And on that fabric, it’s TOUGH! I finished the dress 2 hours before the ball, and I had a lot of fun making and wearing it! Read more…

Rachel’s “Music Man” Costume

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1910s Tea Gown

We needed an era-appropriate dress for “The Music Man” Junior musical, which takes place during the summer of 1912. Thankfully, we discovered the 1910s Tea Gown. It fit perfect & looked beautiful under the theatre lights. I blogged about the tea gown here: http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2012/03/1910s-tea-gown.html Well done, Rachel! I’m tickled that several school productions have used this […] Read more…

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