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Shayna’s Crossover Regency Gown

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My daughter and I began volunteering at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on Put-in-Bay in Lake Erie this past summer. The Regency Crossover dress and stays are the first clothing projects that I’ve undertaken mostly on my own. The hardest part was the fitting. Apparently I have wide shoulders, so with your assistance, I […] Read more…

Kathryn’s First Communion Dress (1780s)

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Hello from Wiltshire, UK. I have sewn mostly soft furnishings for the past 10+ years, but despite this I really wanted to make my daughter’s First Holy Communion dress. I first found the Portrait Dress via Pinterest and then tracked down Sense & Sensibility patterns. Reading the blog and seeing other people’s creations on ‘Show […] Read more…

Kari’s Regency Ballgowns

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Hi Jennie, Last year my self and my family went to a Regency dance. I made all 3 dresses and open robes. I used the Elegant Lady’s Closet and the original Regency Gown pattern for my daughter’s dress. I used the Elegant Lady’s Closet to make the open robes with modifications. The dance was held […] Read more…

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…