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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…

Katrina’s “Diana” Ensemble

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Of all the Edwardian outfits from the “Anne of Green Gables” series, the light pink traveling dress that Diana wore for her honeymoon has always been one of my favorites! Late last year I stumbled across the perfect pink bengaline moire’, so I decided that now was the time to reproduce this costume! The Beatrix […] Read more…

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