Archive of ‘Show & Tell’ category

Rebecca’s 1940s Swing Dress


1940s swing dress pic 2

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…

Katie’s 1780s Easter Dress



This was my first experience with Jennie’s GORGEOUS patterns! I love the easy, common-sense instructions, the appendices and the history included. My 8yr old’s gorgeous Easter dress is my favorite project I’ve ever made. I’m already in progress with two other Georgian patterns for he,r and I cannot wait to fill her closet (and maybe mine) with these beautiful dresses! Read more…

Claudia’s Regency Drawstring Gown


Claudia Seated

I made this dress based on the drawstring pattern, size 20 . I am Dutch and in European terms it would be a size 46. Although I made a judgment error (double layered the bodice, and the two fabrics combined are too stiff), I am still quite pleased with the result. The colors are a bit ‘serious’ for the period, however, I fell in love with the fabrics and simply had to use them. Read more…

Rebecca’s Regency Ensemble



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



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



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



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


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…

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