Archive of ‘Show & Tell’ category

Mother-Daughter Regency Tea

By Jennie Chancey

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Dear Mrs. Chancey, I am sending you pictures of my mother and I wearing gowns which I sewed using the Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern. I am thrilled with the way they turned out, and they were so fun to sew! The “Elegant Lady’s” pattern is so wonderful, because there are an almost endless number of […]

Natalie’s "Beatrix" Skirt

By Jennie Chancey

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“My goodness, I started this skirt November 30th, but finally it’s wearable. Am quite happy with it…the drape is lovely and oooh, it’s fun to wear. It’s made of a pretty worsted wool plaid in a soft green with red and yellow accents and blue undertones. I chose the trained version, and also opted for […]

Melissa’s Regency Gowns

By Jennie Chancey

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Former student of mine Melissa T. is now creating gorgeous Regency Gowns for sale through her home business, “Stitching the Standard.” You can find Melissa’s offerings through her eBay store! “Here are the pictures of my favorite latest creation – a cranberry calico wrap-front dress with the ballgown sleeves. I really love this pattern! Hope […]

Sisters’ 1914 Afternoon Dresses

By Jennie Chancey

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These are the 1914 tea gowns we made for our tea party last spring. I ordered your pattern when I was about 16 (nearly 4 years ago!) to make a ‘for fun’ dress. When our friends set up a tea party last year, we decided to pull out some special fabric we had stashed away […]

Alicia’s Regency Play Costumes

By Jennie Chancey

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Hello Jennie, Thanks a million for the fabulous patterns. I made two chemises, sets of stays (.huge amount of work) and dresses for my show, ‘Loving Burns’..a play about the women of Robert Burns the poet. Enclosed are two pics of the frocks (I made the caps too). I made that lot from 29th Dec […]

Nancy’s Painted Silk Regency Gown

By Jennie Chancey

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My daughter got on a designing tangent, and drew designs for costumes and room settings for a number of fantasy parties (fantasy, as in, one can only fantasize about being able to afford one!). When she showed me the drawings, I pointed at ‘Autumn’ (shown above). And said ‘You know, we could make that with […]

Anna’s Silk Swing Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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This is a lovely pattern! I made it once before without taking the designer’s excellent advice and shortening the bodice to the right length. Doing it right this time around made a big difference–look at the fit of that bodice! I inadvertently installed a too-short zipper in the side seam which makes the dress very […]

Anna’s 1910s Tea Gown Nursing Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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This is a unique version of my 1910s Tea Gown, complete with nursing access in the center panel (see the snap detail).Love the color scheme with the chocolate browns and that yummy pink rosette! Thank you to Anna of Pleasant View Schoolhouse and Giles for the photos!

Anna’s Romantic Era Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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The girls and I have been happily engrossed in the 1999 BBC miniseries ‘Wives and Daughters,’ which we have never seen before. Daisy above everyone is obsessed with Molly, Roger, and Cynthia, and is full of questions. Why does Cynthia wear two buns AND a ponytail? Why is Molly good? Is it because she has […]

Anna’s Regency Dresses & Blouse

By Jennie Chancey

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Hold on to your hats! Anna of Pleasant View Schoolhouse is a prolific, gifted seamstress who creates some of the most beautiful outfits I’ve ever seen. I am thrilled and honored that she uses my patterns, and she has shared pictures of several projects, so prepare to drool! (Stunning photography by Anna’s son Giles!) Bella’s […]

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