Girls’ Regency Dress Pattern

By Jennie Chancey

This is the perfect companion to the women’s pattern above and includes options for short sleeves, long sleeves, and undersleeves. There’s also an appendix that gives directions for making a “drawstring” look dress (shown in the last four photos). [Revised in 2012 to include sizes 12 and 14!]

  • Sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14 all included in one envelope.
  • Illustrated instructions make construction easy!
  • Options for long sleeves, short sleeves, and undersleeves.
  • Photo Instructions online (available in PDF format soon).
  • Click to download the Girls’ Regency Pattern Chart.
  • Also available for instant download as an ePattern in PDF format!

The bodice for the girls’ pattern is straight (not gathered) across the front, and the skirt gathers all the way around (though you can create it with gathers across the back only if you prefer). The bodice back has the period correct dropped shoulder seams and curved side back seams. A wide ribbon around the waist gives the dress a darling “Kate Greenaway” look. You can follow the instructions in the appendix to create a cute, gathered slip-on version of the dress as well. The pattern is rated “intermediate” because of the lining and understitching, but it is actually easier to put together than the women’s pattern. Please note that this pattern is designed for girls who have not yet hit puberty. Girls who are already developing will need the women’s pattern (the size 6 is the next natural step up from this pattern). I am always available through the Contact Form if you have questions!

Note: If you purchased a copy of this pattern prior to January 15, 2004, click HERE for corrections/revisions. If you bought the earlier version with sizes 1-10 only, there’s no need to buy the pattern all over again. Drop me a line through the contact form with your Paypal transaction ID or the email address you used to place your order, and I’ll send you a free ePattern. (If you ordered via snail mail, please provide the approximate date you placed your order, along with your full name and mailing address.)
 

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27 Comments on Girls’ Regency Dress Pattern

  1. Mrs. Lyn
    June 13, 2010 at 8:37 pm (5 years ago)

    I purchased your sweet Regency Girls Pattern through a download. I had no problems obtaining my pattern and it worked beautifully!
    Thank you for sharing your creativity and making your patterns available for our enjoyment!;0)
    BLessing to you and yours,

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    • Jennie Chancey
      June 13, 2010 at 9:22 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks so much for the kind comment, Mrs. Lyn! I am delighted that you enjoyed using the ePattern. If you ever care to share photos, I’d love to see them!

      Warmly,
      Jennie

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  2. claire
    November 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm (4 years ago)

    I have a girl who fits 9-12 month infant clothing. Does this pattern fit her size? I can’t find a xmas dress I like so I figure to make one of my own! (I have the women’s pattern!)

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    • Jennie Chancey
      November 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi, Claire! I’ve used the size 1 for my youngest daughter since she was 9 months old, and it fits fine. I just shorten the sleeves a tad, add tucks to the skirt (you can also just shorten it if you prefer), and if she is narrow through the chest, you can sew the buttons over farther to give a little more fit to the closure in back. That will do it!

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  3. Mrs. Hearts
    February 8, 2011 at 12:07 am (4 years ago)

    Is this the dress worn by the girl modeling the Edwardian apron pattern?

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  4. Mary Bartlett
    March 3, 2011 at 10:20 am (4 years ago)

    I cannot find the pattern for toddlers bloomers and apron. HELP! I already bought two dress patterns, but the bloomers will make it awesome!!!

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  5. Alice
    April 27, 2011 at 9:05 am (4 years ago)

    Hi there. These patterns look great – my daughter’s school is spending the entire school term revisiting the 1800s. She needs a dress that reflects the era – the regency dress looks great but I am a beginner at best and worry that I can’t pull it off. She will also need long sleeves as the weather in Australia is getting cold. Any advice?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      April 30, 2011 at 6:52 am (4 years ago)

      If you can sew a basic skirt, you can manage this pattern! And it does have a long sleeve option. Have fun sewing–sounds like a great project!

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  6. Emily Manning
    October 31, 2011 at 9:36 am (3 years ago)

    I teach Regency Period doll making to Latch Key Immigrant Girls and am President of our art council. I received a small grant to teach the girls ages 8-14 to make their regency dresses for the war of 1812 celebrations coming up. I would like a basic easy dress pattern for this age group but with draw string necks, bust, high waist and sleeves so multiple shaped girls can wear them over the years. The girls and I will make them but I will be custodian of the dresses each year so we have a closet of them. For dresses, notions, trims I have a 500.00 grant. I would like easy care cotton with colors/patterns of the regency era. where do i begin?? thanks. I have 15 girls. We will do self trim, if possible, like our 10 inch doll dresses.

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    • Jennie Chancey
      October 31, 2011 at 9:53 am (3 years ago)

      Hi, Emily! What a wonderful, wonderful project! My mother and I made dolls together in the 1980s, and that’s when I really got hooked on historical costuming (in miniature at that time!). This girls’ pattern will work for your girls through age 10. It already has a “drawstring” option (given in the appendix). Since drawstrings are illegal in garments for children below age 12, I’ve included instructions for elastic instead. For the girls over size 10, you can use the drawstring gown option from the Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern. They will not need period underpinnings if they are under an “A” cup, so don’t worry about stays. I hope this helps, and have fun sewing with the girls!

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  7. Jodi
    November 29, 2011 at 7:46 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Jennie! I’m in love with your patterns and website. Thanks so much for the Pink Monday sale! If it wasn’t for that sale popping up on my screen through a blog I subscribe to, I would’ve never known about your website. :) I purchased the Regency gown patterns in the girls and doll to make matching gowns for my neices, and thought I’d practice first by making one as a holiday dress for my baby girl. I got the measurements of my oldest neice (she’s only age 8) and not even the chest measurement in the adult pattern is big enough? So now I’m confused. Her measurements top-to-bottom are 32, 32 1/2, 34 1/2 inches, and to make the length of the skirt 33-35 inches. How do I customize this? I saw your tip for adjusting pattern sizes, but I got lost (Oy! lol) Thanks so much! Once I’m finished with my little ones dress, I’ll be sure to share photos with you! :)

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    • Jennie Chancey
      November 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Hello, Jodi! Your niece fits into the women’s size 10 in the chest, but she still has a child’s proportions, as her waist is nearly the same as her chest size, and her hips are only slightly larger. So she still needs the girls’-style pattern but with the larger measurements. She would fit a girls’ size 14. I’ve finished editing this pattern to go up to size 14, but it has to go back to America to be scanned at my printer, since there are no digital scanners in Kenya! I hope to have it scanned by the end of December. In the meantime, I can assure you that sizing up is not as hard as it looks at first blush! If you’ll trace off the size 10 bodice and sleeve pieces and go step by step, you’ll do fine. And I am always happy to help if you have any questions! Sometimes we all need a little hand-holding. ;) So glad you enjoyed my site, and have fun sewing!

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  8. Angela
    February 20, 2013 at 7:25 am (2 years ago)

    My daughter seems to fit the size 14 girls, except she needs more room in the tummy. Could I add more fabric around the waist and more gathers and still use the girl’s pattern?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      February 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi, Angela! The most important measurement is around the chest, as the dress doesn’t hit the natural waist/tummy. But if you find she needs more room in the skirt, you can definitely cut it wider for more gathers. The girls’ pattern is intended for little gals who haven’t hit puberty yet, so no need to move to the ladies’ pattern until she starts to develop. Hope this helps!

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      • angelita64
        February 22, 2013 at 3:59 am (2 years ago)

        Thanks Jennie! I am planning out my sewing for the England trip. She is so excited and thanked me three times so sweetly on her birthday.

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        • Jennie Chancey
          February 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm (2 years ago)

          Wonderful! My girls enjoyed dressing up in 2010 and got so many compliments for their ensembles. I know your daughter is going to be adorable and have a marvelous time!

  9. Crystal @ 29 Rue House
    October 12, 2013 at 6:33 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Jenny! I’m [a beginner] working on a size 6 girls regency dress and I’m hoping to tackle the sleeves (Step 2) next but I’m a little/lot confused! Which side attaches to the shoulder/armhole? The side that is a bigger hump (for lack of the proper term)? I’m also stuck on the sleeveband and I can’t see it in the pictures. I have two sleevebands since the fabric was folded when cut. Do I use both? I’m really stumped on this part!
    Thanks for you help and hope that England is/was lovely!
    Crystal

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      • Jennie Chancey
        October 12, 2013 at 11:28 am (1 year ago)

        No worries! I have friends and family members who still misspell it! ;-)

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    • Jennie Chancey
      October 12, 2013 at 11:28 am (1 year ago)

      Hi, Crystal! I’m always glad to see beginners tackling new projects and stretching their horizons. :-) I assume you are using the short sleeve, since you mentioned the sleeve band. The widest portion of the sleeve is the top and is gathered to fit the armhole, making a full, puffed sleeve. The straighter side is gathered into the sleeveband (yes, there are two–one for each sleeve). So, first you need to sew one sleeveband to the lower edge of each sleeve, as shown in the online photo instructions at http://sensibility.com/pattern/girlsregencyhelp.htm. Once those are ready, you gather the top curve and pin into each armhole, matching the sleeve seam with the side (underarm) seam of the bodice. Hope this helps, and happy sewing!

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  10. Jillian
    July 11, 2014 at 1:39 am (5 months ago)

    Hi! I’m thinking about using your pattern for some costumes to sell. Up until now I’ve only done adult sizes and have no concept of children’s sizing. Do you have a general age range for each size?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      July 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm (5 months ago)

      Hi, Jillian!

      The size number on children’s patterns is supposed to correspond roughly to age (so size 8 for age 8), but children don’t tend to average out any more than adults do, I’ve found. One of my daughters needs the 6 in the bodice but the 8 in length, for instance.

      The best thing to do is just make the standard sizes, then list the exact measurements for each size when you sell the dresses. That way moms can see what they’re getting. You can also add a ribbon sash to the empire waist, which pulls in any fullness if the bodice is a wee bit too big but the length just right.

      Hope this helps!

      Warmly,
      Jennie

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  11. Sabrina
    October 13, 2014 at 12:59 am (2 months ago)

    Dear Jennie,
    I’m starting to sew up this lovely pattern as a “Wendy” costume for my daughter in an organic cotton sateen. My husband will be Captain Hook, and I am going to attempt Peter Pan.

    My question is: what is the seam allowance? I can’t seem to find it on the epattern.

    Many thanks,

    Sabrina

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    • Jennie Chancey
      October 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm (2 months ago)

      Hi, Sabrina! The seam allowance is in the Notes on the yardage chart and at the bottom of the front page of the instructions. The Girls’ Regency Dress has a 5/8″ allowance. You are all going to look amazing! Would love to see photos if you care to share!

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