Regency Gown Pattern

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This is my original Regency gown pattern, modeled after the styles of the middle Regency and particularly appropriate for 1810s impressions. If you’re new to this time period, this is the pattern I recommend starting with, as it goes together very easily.

To see how you can easily alter this pattern to include a train, overskirt, nursing access, and other details, visit my Sewing Tips section. The pattern and the supplement are both rated “intermediate”, but I have had many beginners complete a gown with a minimum of help. Important: If you measure for a size between 20-26 or have a DD cup size, you will need the 18-26DD supplement in addition to the full pattern. It is available for $3.50 or as an ePattern in PDF format. Note: If you purchased a copy of this pattern prior to March 30, 2006, click HERE for corrections/revisions.

Paper Pattern $17.95
ePattern $9.95
Regency Gown Supplement If you measure between an 18-26 or a DD cup, you’ll need this supplement in addition to the original Regency Gown pattern. This takes the pattern up from size 18 through 26, since it was not possible to fit all the extra pieces onto the two sheets in the original pattern. Available in paper format for $3.50 or as an ePattern (instant download) for $2.95. Click to view the Regency Gown Pattern Supplement yardage chart. Note: If you purchased a copy of this supplement prior to July 2009, click HERE for corrections.
Paper Supplement $6.95
eSupplement $2.95

174 Comments on Regency Gown Pattern

  1. rachel
    June 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m an adult size 0 – 2 and I can’t find any patterns for my size. :( Jane Austen Festival is only a few months away! Do I have any options?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      June 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi, Rachel!

      Pattern sizes are not the same as off-the-rack sizes! A 0-2 in store sizes is more like a 6 or 8 in pattern sizes. Always go by actual measurements rather than “size” when choosing a pattern. All of my patterns have downloadable PDF yardage charts with the measurements on them, so just click to check! If you find that the smallest size is still too large, check my tutorial for How to Resize a Pattern!

      Warmly,
      Jennie

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  2. ~Desiree~
    July 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm (5 years ago)

    I noticed that the neck line is a bit low. Is that a problem??? Thank-you.

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    • Jennie Chancey
      July 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi, Desiree! The neckline hits everyone differently. It is four fingers below the collar bone on me. If you have a high bust point, it will look lower, but you can adjust the neckline curve to hit exactly where you want it to. Or use the Neckline Supplement for an entirely different look! :)

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  3. RegencyLover
    July 14, 2010 at 8:21 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow, love this too! My favorite dress/pattern is the first one — I totally love the white, the rose in her hair, the hairstyle itself — everything! Can’t wait to see more of your brilliant work! :)

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  4. Desiree
    July 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm (5 years ago)

    Thank-you for answering my question I am sure it will help a lot!

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  5. Alexandra
    July 17, 2010 at 8:45 am (5 years ago)

    I am a 38D (but I have a small waist and hips), so will I have to buy the supplement? I was confused, because it seemed as if the supplement was for DD and up- is that correct?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      July 17, 2010 at 10:59 am (5 years ago)

      Hi, Alexandra!

      The regular pattern goes up to a D cup, so you do not need the supplement unless you measure over a size 18. Just remember to go by the measurements and not by “size,” as patterns sizes are not the same as off-the-rack clothing. :) Have fun sewing!

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  6. LadyM
    July 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm (5 years ago)

    What color were Regency gowns usually? I’ve seen a lot of white gowns, but I’m not sure which colors would be anti-period.

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    • Jennie Chancey
      July 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm (5 years ago)

      Actually, there are Regency gowns in all colors in museum collections–apple green, scarlet, fuschia, royal blue, bright yellow, chocolate brown, and so many prints and stripes to boot! To see reproduction fabrics from this period, go to http://reproductionfabrics.com/shelf.php?ID=3. Keep in mind that some colors were more age-appropriate than others…and some were used for half-mourning. If you’d like details, let me know!

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      • LadyM
        July 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm (5 years ago)

        Ooh, I like the reproduction fabrics site. Thank you!
        I am curious about the use of different colors. I am thinking about making myself a ball gown for the We Make History Pride and Prejudice ball, and I want to use an appropriate color, while considering what looks good on me and my price range. :-) I’m happy that I have more to choose from than white and very light colors!

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        • Jennie Chancey
          July 26, 2010 at 7:47 am (5 years ago)

          It’s a great site, isn’t it? I love all the beautiful prints. Keep in mind that a ballgown would have been of fancier fabric than cotton, though — you want to look for silk, silk taffeta, voile, or organdy. The latter two are sheer and would go over a full bodiced petticoat. There are lots of kinds of voile available, including striped and dotted, so there are many lovely choices out there!

  7. Aleksandra
    August 3, 2010 at 11:42 am (5 years ago)

    Hello,

    I was wondering whether you recommend washing the fabric first to shrink it? I am a bit concerned as my “main” fabric is supposed to shrink with 5% and the fabric I am going to use for lining is supposed to shrink with 2% and I don’t want the gown to turn out differently “sized” on the inside and the outside.

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    • Jennie Chancey
      August 3, 2010 at 11:44 am (5 years ago)

      Hello! Yes, always pre-shrink washable fabric, then iron before cutting out your garment. Some fabric will shrink a whole lot, so you want to get that out of the way before making your gown. Thanks for asking!

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  8. KatharinaMCS
    August 14, 2010 at 3:52 am (5 years ago)

    Hello, :)
    I’d like to buy such a pattern in 12…so what do I have to do? Click on ‘Buy EPattern’ ?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      August 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi, Katharina! All sizes are included in the pattern–paper version or “e” version. So you just choose whichever format you prefer. I explain how ePatterns work in my FAQs. :)

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  9. Jessica Finch
    October 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm (5 years ago)

    ok I’m totally confused I am needing to make a dress for a nutcracker costume so a ball gown but Nutcracker was written in 1891 and wikipedia said regency was the style at that time but the reproduction page says 1775 to 1825 do you have a pattern that would be more period appropriate?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      October 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi, Jessica! This ballet is usually staged with Regency costumes, as that was the time setting given by the original composer. However, I have seen it staged in Victorian and Edwardian costumes as well, so it really depends upon the director’s discretion. If you’re just going to attend a Nutcracker-themed ball, the Regency Gown pattern will be perfect. Hope this helps!

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  10. Amanda
    February 11, 2011 at 11:28 am (4 years ago)

    What a gorgeous pattern! I recently finished my first project, a blouse made my shorting up the skirt. So much fun!

    However, I’ve had my eye set on the gown that Jane Bennet wears in the most recent P & P movie: http://www.findfreegraphics.com/wallpaper-background-23/pride+and+prejudice+wallpaper.htm It looks like it’s made with gathered cotton chiffon. I’m quite intimidated–any advice on sewing this pattern using chiffon?

    Thank you!

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    • Jennie Chancey
      February 11, 2011 at 11:52 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, Amanda! It’s not chiffon–it’s actually English muslin, which is a very gauzy fabric. You can use voile or organdy if you aren’t able to get English muslin (also called Egyptian muslin). Hope this helps!

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  11. Emma
    March 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Do you know where I could buy this sort of gown? Because I really can’t do it myself. Or a good place where I can buy it online, cheap and so that I can order it to Sweden aswell.
    Thank you!

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  12. cb
    March 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

    What is a packet? It is on the pattern instructions but not on the printable pattern…thanks!!!

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    • Jennie Chancey
      March 4, 2011 at 1:26 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, cb! I am not sure what you’re asking about. Where do you see a “packet” mentioned?

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  13. Caroline
    March 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Jennie,
    I’m thinking of getting your pattern to make my next Regency frock. I want it to be in the later 1810s style with the flat fronted bodice. Would your pattern enable me to do that? If not what would you recommend?
    Thank you very much,
    Caroline

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    • Jennie Chancey
      March 15, 2011 at 12:29 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, Caroline! I am not sure what you mean by “flat fronted bodice.” Do you mean the apron front with the flat panel that opens? If so, I have instructions for that modification at http://sensibility.com/blog/tips/how-to-make-a-drop-front-bodice-with-the-regency-gown-pattern/. If you mean just a plain bodice without gathers, that is best done by draping a new bodice, as mine is shaped and would require a lot of modification to be completely flat. Most flat-fronted bodices of the time were made with a separate front panel connected to shoulder straps that met the back pieces behind the shoulder. Hope this helps!

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  14. JodieR
    April 11, 2011 at 1:44 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Jennie, perhaps CB means Placket?

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  15. Jennie Chancey
    April 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm (4 years ago)

    Ah ha! I think you are right. The placket is cut on the bias as explained in the instructions–no pattern piece required. Thanks, Jodie!

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  16. Jessica
    April 21, 2011 at 9:02 am (4 years ago)

    Hello! I seem have a fairly small sized upper body but I’m a bit broader around the hips. So size 10 or 12 at the top and size 14 at the lower part. I reckon the bodice will need adjustments but I want to make it as simple as possible. Do you think it could work to make the bodice in a smaller size than the skirt? Can I make them fit fairly well together (after all there are those wrinkles anyway) or will it mess up the entire pattern if I do it that way?

    I’m just about to cut but would be grateful to get some advice before I ruin the fabric…

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    • Jennie Chancey
      April 22, 2011 at 8:54 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, Jessica! I show how to blend pattern sizes for larger hips at THIS LINK. It’s very simple and works great for all of us who are a couple of different sizes depending on what you measure! 😉

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  17. Lydia
    June 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Hello!
    I am excited about making my first Regency gown for my junior piano recital… but I’m a bit confused. Do you need to make all of the underpinnings to go under this gown, or will it work with modern undergarments?
    Thanks for your help… I know that you’ve probably answered this question millions of time before, I just can’t find the answer. :)

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    • Jennie Chancey
      June 10, 2011 at 2:11 am (4 years ago)

      Lydia, this dress has a longer bodice and will work over modern undies. The Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern is the one that requires period underpinnings. :) Have fun sewing!

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  18. kathy
    July 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm (4 years ago)

    the next to last photo under the ladies regency dress pattern features 3 ladies…the one in the middle has a blue over garment on over the dress…what is this and do you have the pattern for this also.
    p.s. I have made the regency dress in little girl size and several in the 18″ doll size and I LOVE them.

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  19. Megan Duncan
    August 26, 2011 at 8:12 am (4 years ago)

    I just found your site–LOVE it! I’m so excited to get the regency pattern and get started. I adore the fabric on the pictured white gown–it is exactly what I’m looking for. Is it a type of fabric I could obtain just at a regular fabric store, or is it a specialty that I’d have to go online for? What is it? It looks softer/finer/gauzier than what I’ve seen in general at the fabric/craft stores out here in the western u.s.

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    • Jennie Chancey
      August 26, 2011 at 10:42 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, Megan! The fabric used for the white gown was actually just lightweight muslin (European calico). The closest you can get to it in the States is pima cotton, which is available at most fabric stores. If you want a really gauzy, light gown that needs a lining to avoid being see-through, go for voile or organdy. Hope this helps!

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  20. Megan Duncan
    August 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you so much! this helps immensely. Once I get everything together and get it done, I’ll be sure to send you photos of the final product. :)

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  21. Andreea DeSeno
    September 20, 2011 at 7:52 am (4 years ago)

    Hi
    very beautiful modest dresses! Good job! The Regency is my favorite!
    Do you have more skirts patterns?
    Thank you
    Andreea (Romania)
    PS I wore the nice wedding dress that you modify for my sister in law, Anna Kinsey! Very beautiful, thank you

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    • Jennie Chancey
      September 20, 2011 at 9:33 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, Andreea! So glad you enjoyed my site, and I remember your sister’s wedding! I have a “Beatrix” skirt pattern, which is currently my only skirt pattern. However, I do have two 1950s skirt patterns in the works for next year, so check back! Warmly, Jennie

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  22. Tamara
    September 28, 2011 at 8:03 am (4 years ago)

    Hi, I found your love pattern and a friend of mine wants me to make her a regency dress. I noticed your measurements for waist and hips are a bit smaller..her measurements are 49″ bust, 51 waist and 53 Hips. Im not a beginner sewer but not a professional. Do you think the size 26 be easy to modify for her measurements? Thanks,

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    • Jennie Chancey
      September 28, 2011 at 8:09 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, Tamara! Yes, you can modify the pattern by following my tutorial at http://sensibility.com/tips/how-to-resize-a-pattern/. To accommodate the hips, you’ll just need to add the extra skirt back panel as explained in the instructions (be sure to see how much more yardage you need–one full skirt length). Hope this helps, and have fun sewing for your friend!

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  23. Tamara
    September 28, 2011 at 8:15 am (4 years ago)

    Awesome! Thank you!

    On last question do you mean more yardage from the supplement pattern? Just checking to make sure I understand!

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  24. Jennie Chancey
    September 28, 2011 at 8:28 am (4 years ago)

    The yardage chart on the supplement tells you how much you need for a 26. Add one full skirt length (empire waist to hem plus seam allowance) to that total, and you’ll be set! Warmly, Jennie

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  25. Jennie Chancey
    October 9, 2011 at 11:22 am (4 years ago)

    Hello, Kelsie-Anne! The neckline hits everyone differently, as it depends entirely on your bust point (distance from shoulder to mid-bust). I have instructions on changing the neckline at http://sensibility.com/blog/tips/easy-alterations-to-the-regency-gown-pattern, or you can purchase the Regency Gown Neckline Supplement, which offers even more options, at http://sensibility.com/blog/patterns/regency-gown-neckline-supplement. Hope this helps!

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  26. Kelsie-Anne
    October 9, 2011 at 5:16 am (4 years ago)

    Hello There,
    just wondering whether this pattern allows you can make the neck line a bit higher I’m just not sure weather it would be to low for me.

    Thanks so much, beautiful dresses btw. :)

    Many blessings,
    ~Kelsie-Anne~

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  27. Kelsie-Anne
    October 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you so much! that is a great help.

    Many Blessings,
    ~Kelsie-Anne~

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  28. Serena
    October 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Jenny,
    Just a quick question – is there a height restriction on the pattern? In other words, would someone who is taller need more fabric, or need to adjust the pattern to fit their height appropriately?

    Thank you :)

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    • Jennie Chancey
      October 11, 2011 at 10:35 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, Serena! If you are over 5′ 6″, just add yardage for the desired hem length. If you need four more inches total to the hem, add eight inches to the yardage requirements (four inches each for skirt front and back). Hope this helps!

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  29. Nina
    October 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm (4 years ago)

    I have a slightly different take on the “underpinning for the original Regency gown” question. How does the Regency dress look over the short stays? Should any alteration to the bodice be made? I know you can wear modern underclothes with that pattern, but good lift is still important to the period look and I hate underwire. I’m a 44D. Thanks!

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    • Jennie Chancey
      October 21, 2011 at 2:09 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, Nina! The short stays will work fine, and because you are a D cup, you will not need to shorten the bodice. Just be sure to make a muslin to try on over your completed stays so you can check length and neckline depth, and you’ll be set!

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  30. Selina
    October 20, 2011 at 3:29 am (4 years ago)

    What fabric is used for the pink dress with the lace trim? It’s absolutely gorgeous! So are the dresses, BTW. :)

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    • Jennie Chancey
      October 21, 2011 at 2:08 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, Selina! That’s dupioni silk from the Silk Baron. Lots of luscious colors available! :-)

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  31. Jean
    October 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm (4 years ago)

    I saw this a bit too late (already bought my fabric), but fortunately I was able to lay the pieces in such a way as to allow for extra length. If you reprint this pattern in the future, I think it’d be a great idea to state prominently somewhere that people over 5’6″ need extra inches of fabric. Or maybe you could put it right on your online yardage pdf. Overall, thanks for the great pattern. I’m finishing my dress now!

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    • Jennie Chancey
      October 30, 2011 at 11:18 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks for the comment, Jean! I had thought that notation was already on the yardage chart, but I am going to add it when we do our next reprint! Glad you were able to get the needed length! Cheers, Jennie

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  32. Judi Davenport
    October 29, 2011 at 8:24 am (4 years ago)

    Hi, I live in the U.K and I’m planning a regency costume party for my 40th (sorry, 39th recurring!)birthday next year.. Do you ship patterns to the U.K? lucky for me mum was a dressmaker and still does alterations. Thankyou

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    • Jennie Chancey
      October 30, 2011 at 11:19 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, Judi! We ship anywhere in the world that the postal service goes. If you add the pattern to your shopping cart, it will ask you where you want to ship and give you the exact postage amount for the UK. Alternatively, you can order from one of our UK retailers and not pay for air mail shipping! See my Retailers page to find a local dealer in the UK. :)

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  33. Keri
    November 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi there! I want to make up a Regency gown using your pattern – it looks gorgeous – but I’m a little confused by the sizing.

    I’m in the UK, and I’m a 34F bra size. Would I need to alter the pattern and/or buy the supplement to make it work, as you say it only goes up to a D.

    I’d like to know before I go out and buy the fabric as it will reduce the potential for messing up.

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    • Jennie Chancey
      November 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi, Keri! Altering a bodice for a larger cup size is very easy. See my instructions for a DD cup in the Romantic Era Gown appendix and use the same instructions (with your own unique measurements, of course!). Have fun sewing!

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  34. Keri
    November 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you, that’s fantastic! 😀

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  35. Cindy
    December 13, 2011 at 3:08 am (4 years ago)

    Wanted to say that I love this style of dress.

    I’m a beginner dressmaker – I’ve made a couple of easy sew skirts and was wondering if you would recommend this pattern for someone who is learning to make their own clothes?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      December 13, 2011 at 5:05 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, Cindy! If you have already made skirts, you are ready to move up to the Regency Gown. I have a class if you need in-depth help on the more advanced sewing terms, but I’ve had so many beginners make dresses with no trouble using this pattern. And I am happy to help via email if you get stuck! :)

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  36. Cindy
    December 13, 2011 at 7:00 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks ever so much Jennie. I’m going to give it a go. It’s good to know that you are on the other end of the email for help.

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  37. Helen
    January 6, 2012 at 10:39 am (3 years ago)

    I have seen a pattern in the Butterick book that recommends satin for the dress. What do you think of this? Do you think it would crumple? I am attending the JASNA convention in New York this year and want to make a dress. I like your Regency pattern also.

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    • Jennie Chancey
      January 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi, Helen! Modern satin is not at all like what was called “satin” in the Regency time period. Unless you used a really heavy bridal satin (which would be too heavy for the time period), it would wrinkle and crumple, just as you thought. Better to stick with real silk (available without breaking the bank at Silk Baron) or sheers like voile and organdy (which resemble the “muslin” of the period). I hope this helps!

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  38. Naomi Long
    January 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Jennie,
    I’ve been admiring all your patterns the last couple days and I have fallen in love with them! I’t’s very difficult to find such lovely feminine clothes these days that are tasteful, beautiful and modest at the same time. So thank you for these patterns!
    I was looking through my pattern collection and came across one i had picked up at walmart but never used and it struck me that it looks VERY similar to the regency gown. And then I looked closer and discovered it had your emblem on it! (“Sense and sensibility patterns”) Its a simplicity costume pattern #4055. Is there anyway you could tell me what gown this is? If you could tell me if there is a difference between yours and my simplicity one, that would be awesome! Thank you again,
    ~Naomi

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  39. Annie
    February 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Jennie,

    First I must say I love your site. I loved finding the Regency Gown Pattern, and reading all the comments. As I do my research before purchasing the pattern – and fabric, I would like to ask what fabric would be best for lining the gown. I have visions of something very elaborate and am a bit nervous about this so want to get all questions sorted before beginning.
    Thank you.
    Annie

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    • Jennie Chancey
      February 3, 2012 at 3:12 am (3 years ago)

      Hi, Annie! I am so glad you’ve enjoyed the site. It is a total joy to run! Now for lining: If you’re going to make something out of really gorgeous fabric like silk or organdy, I recommend using Pima cotton, which is lightweight and so soft. It’s sturdy enough to line beautifully, but it’s also comfortable to wear. If you plan to make a day dress for lots of wear, I’d go with bleached muslin, as it’s thicker and stronger. 100% cotton is your best bet in any case, as it is much more comfortable and won’t cause perspiration like typical poly lining fabric does. Also purchase a yard of inexpensive muslin to use for your test bodice (the “toile”). You can check out the fit as directed in the instructions without worrying that you’re wasting good material. I hope this helps, and have fun sewing!

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  40. Blythe Ann Hockensmith
    February 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm (3 years ago)

    What a terrific site! This has been such a huge help – sending several customers here to shop.

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  41. Judy Hock
    February 22, 2012 at 10:21 am (3 years ago)

    I am about to attach the sleeves to the bodice. Should I sew through the bodice lining layer too? This will leave a rough edge. Alternatively, I could attach the sleeve to only the main bodice piece, leaving the bodice lining loose and then hand sew the lining over the sleeve seam. Do you recommend this?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      February 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi, Judy! The most common finishing technique I’ve seen for this time period is just overcasting the raw seam, but I have also seen bound armholes (using self-fabric bias binding). I’ve never seen a period gown that used lining to finish the armscye. Doesn’t mean it wasn’t done–just that I’ve never seen it! Hope this helps!

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  42. Molly
    March 7, 2012 at 10:59 am (3 years ago)

    Hi! I had a few questions about fabric selection. I want to make the dress period-correct because I am sewing it as a history project, so I want to make sure I don’t pick something that was totally foreign back then. :)

    I was looking at the website you recommended for Regency reproduction fabrics, and it looks to me like most of the patterns are very large print floral designs. I would like to make a cotton day dress and I found a coffee/camel colored calico with a very small burgundy rose print on it. Did they use calicos like that back then?

    Also, I’ve been looking online and in books at photographs of original dresses and most of the ones I can find from the era use solid colored fabrics… is it true that patterned fabric was not commonly used?

    Thanks so much for your help!
    ~Molly

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    • Jennie Chancey
      March 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm (3 years ago)

      Hello, Molly! Small “roller” prints were actually used quite a lot from 1810 on. The technology got better, so it became less expensive to produce the printed cottons. Before that, they were imported from India and were block-printed by hand. So, yes, you can use the smaller cotton prints on ReproductionFabrics.com for an 1810s gown. There were a lot of gowns in solid colors, too, but you do find small prints for day gowns and work dresses. Hope this helps!

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  43. Ahmed
    March 8, 2012 at 8:57 am (3 years ago)

    Hello Mrs Chancey,
    You have made me a very contented lady indeed as I have a final degree show coming up in 8 weeks and your regency dress pattern is going to be in my final degree show!!!!! Will send picture. Thank-you very much.
    Miss D Ahmed

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    • Jennie Chancey
      March 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Wonderful! I look forward to seeing it. :)

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  44. Molly
    March 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Mrs. Chancey,
    Thank you so much for your advice! It was very helpful – you answered my question exactly. :) I’m looking forward to getting started!
    Molly

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  45. Jenny
    April 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I am making the Regency dress button in the front, instead of the back, and I have a question. I know that I do not cut the placket in the back skirts, but do I have to add extra material on the front skirt, in order to allow space for the placket?

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  46. Kati
    April 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Is it possible to make this nursing friendly? I’ve had no luck trying to find modest, feminine nursing dresses. This dress is so beautiful that I’d love to give it a try!!

    Thanks!

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    • Jennie Chancey
      April 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Kati, I show how to make a button-front closure for nursing access in my “Easy Alterations” tutorial. You can also make a nursing flap if you follow the instructions in my Romantic Era Dress pattern (scroll down to 3E in the instructions). I just recommend lengthening the bodice by another 1.5-2″ to provide enough room for the button flap. Hope this helps!

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  47. BARB
    April 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi,
    I had the same question, the”placket” not packet is shown on the pattern layout but there is no pattern piece for the placket in the kit. I found out that the placket is the extra piece of fabric that strengthens re-enforces the opening on the skirt (in this case) or any opening on a piece of clothing – like interfacing I think.

    BG

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    • Jennie Chancey
      April 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi, Barb! You actually do not need a pattern piece to make a placket. The instructions say, “To make a placket for the center back skirt opening, cut a piece of fabric on the bias twice as long as the back opening and two inches wide.” After you cut the slit in the center back, you cut a placket to match as instructed and go from there. The placket should be cut of your fashion material–not of interfacing. Hope this helps!

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  48. Ali H.
    May 4, 2012 at 10:06 am (3 years ago)

    Do you have a sizing chart for this dress pattern?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      May 4, 2012 at 11:44 am (3 years ago)

      Hi, Ali! Just click to download the yardage chart in the bulleted list above. That has all the measurements for each size. Thanks!

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  49. Cynthia
    May 8, 2012 at 12:40 am (3 years ago)

    I just purchased the Regency dress pattern. I realized my husband won’t be home to help me button up the back. Can you put these on over your head, already buttoned up? Or, I suppose I can sew the buttons on, and make a Velcro closure?? Suggestions?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      May 8, 2012 at 2:01 am (3 years ago)

      Hi, Cynthia! If you are not very broad through the shoulders, you absolutely can slip a buttoned gown over your head. Takes a bit of wriggling, but it can be done. 😉 If you want a truly slip-on dress, though, I recommend the drawstring option from my Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern, which slips over the head and ties with drawstrings for a perfect fit. Hope this helps!

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  50. Lyric
    June 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Hello Jennie,

    I have the Simplicity S&S pattern. How does it differ from the one here? Not wanting duplicate patterns when I could be purchasing a different one from your collection.

    Thanks,

    L

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  51. barb
    June 19, 2012 at 10:16 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you Jennie. The dress is now complete and I wore it to the ball Sat. night. Had many compliments.

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  52. Lyric
    June 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Can you recommend a US source for affordable pima? It’s not the Jo-Ann’s in my neck of the woods.

    Thanks.

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  53. Jennie Chancey
    June 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I used to order it online from LaboursofLove.com, which is based in Canada (be sure to check the exchange rate!). Not sure if they still have it, but it’s worth checking. Other than that, check your yellow pages for heirloom sewing shops, as those usually stock pima and batiste. Hope this helps!

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  54. Pascale Pons
    June 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm (3 years ago)

    It is just fabulous !!! I have watched “Pride and Prejudice” tonight on Arte (I am in Paris, France) and dreamt of making myself a Jane Austen dress for my son’s wedding which is taking place on September 1st, and I discovered your site. What a pleasure. I just have to figure out what is an e-pattern and the material I need in meters, not in yards (do not have the faintest idea of the lenght of an inch or a yard). Thanks any way.

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    • Jennie Chancey
      June 22, 2012 at 4:27 am (3 years ago)

      So glad you’ve enjoyed my site! One meter is 39 inches, and a yard is 36 inches–so just a three-inch difference. If you just go ahead and buy in meters, you’ll get about ten extra inches on average. Or you can simply ask the cutter to measure to 91 1/2 cm (36″). Hope this helps!

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  55. Blythe Ann Hockensmith
    June 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm (3 years ago)

    I love this pattern! So easy and makes up in a jiff! In order to get the fit correct for a Regency evening dress, I made a mock up in a sweet Liberty print voile I’ve had for years, thinking if there were no major issues my friend would have 2 dresses. It was perfect-didn’t have to change one thing. My friend was so thrilled, she wants a spencer jacket and pelisse to wear with the Liberty print dress in addition to the evening dress. I have some lovely pique for those parments. Now she will have a day dress as well! And it is so darling, she wants several tops made from the pattern to wear with jeans, shorts and slacks. Now I’m having fun looking at some sleeve and neckline variations. Suggestions? What a fun pattern!

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  56. Jennie Chancey
    June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi, Blythe Ann! I’m so glad you enjoyed using my pattern and that your friend was thrilled with your work! I’ve made quite a few hip-length blouses from this pattern and the drawstring option in The Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern. They are comfortable and flattering and easy to make — all you do is cut the skirt to blouse-length. I really love the elbow-length sleeves from the ELC pattern, but you can also use this pattern’s long sleeves and cut to elbow-length or bracelet-length. Have fun!

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  57. Marie
    June 25, 2012 at 11:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for this pattern, Jenny, it’s one of my favourites! Do you have any suggestions for modifying the pattern into H-cup territory?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      June 26, 2012 at 1:59 am (3 years ago)

      Hi, Marie! I’m delighted you’ve enjoyed this pattern. I always love to see what my creative customers make, and I really enjoyed your blog post. :) The steps for sizing up to an “H” cup are the same as for sizing up to “DD,” which is shown in the appendix for the Romantic Era Dress pattern instructions. But I highly recommend first making a good-fitting set of stays for the proper support, as that will really make the final gown’s silhouette. I had a customer take my “D”-cup short stays up to a “G” with fantastic results. You can read her post on my message forum (you do have to sign up first, but it’s free and private). I hope this helps!

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  58. Emma B
    July 11, 2012 at 10:18 am (3 years ago)

    Hello – total beginner here! Is the pattern full size or scaled?
    Cheers
    Emma

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    • Jennie Chancey
      July 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi, Emma! It’s full-sized. Thanks for asking!

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  59. Lyric
    July 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Ms. Jennie, will you do me a fav. and check out my toile http://farmlady.com/?p=186

    and help me with the tight armhole? I tried the forum and as I need to make one for a friend by 8/1 I’m a little anxious about it.

    I guess I need a better eye to see if what I am thinking is correct. The DH has tried to help me with fitting, but, he’s not Jennie Chancey.

    Thanks in advance.

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  60. Lyric
    July 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Another thing:

    The thing is, when I measure my arm, raised, I get the same number for the armhole on my bodice. The hubby says my “wings” are too big for the dress; not the armhole. I am frustrated and nervous as the fashion fabric is on its way from India and I can’t mess it up; but I don’t know how to address the issue.

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  61. Jennie Chancey
    July 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi, Lyric! Looks to me like you’ve got the armholes right, but you may be broader in the shoulders (across the back), which would lead to the pulling you see. The short bodice will, indeed, pull up when you raise your arms over your head, but you can fix this by adding a bit of length to the bodice front (the fix for a low bust point, which you might also have). I’ve got a tutorial that shows how to fix these areas at http://sensibility.com/blog/tips/why-doesnt-this-look-like-the-pattern-cover/. Hope this helps!

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    • Lyric
      February 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm (1 year ago)

      Yup, it surely did. Thank you, Mrs. Jennie. :-)

      Now, on to create more lovely Regency dresses for day wear down on our farm.

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  62. Emma B
    July 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks Jennie. Thanks for the advice you gave Lyric too – I think I may get the same issue, so now know what to do!
    Emma

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  63. Lyric
    July 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm (3 years ago)

    YOU are the woman!!!! Thanks a heapa-bunch.

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  64. michaela c
    July 17, 2012 at 10:40 am (3 years ago)

    oh my i wish someone would make me like eight dresses and nightgowns from this period i love it. it just makes me think of jane austin and pride and prejudice. my favorite!!!

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  65. Pascale Pons
    July 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for your reply. I am buying the epattern right now, I have no idea how it looks and how to use it but it might take quite a long time before I get it through postal mail. An I my dress has to be ready for my son’s wedding on the 1st of september taking into account that I am leaving for a 3 weeks stay in Normandy next tuesday. If I read accurately your chart I need 3 m 1/4 in orther words, 3,25 m for size 16, as I am making it with a satin lining and mousseline I guess I need 3,25 cm of each. I would glady appreciate if you could confirm my guess. I am going to purchase some additional mousseline tomorrow. Thanks ever so. Pascale

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  66. Jennie Chancey
    July 19, 2012 at 8:10 am (3 years ago)

    Hello! I do have video tutorials for the ePatterns, so be sure to click those links in the ePattern Instructions document. And don’t print anything prior to verifying your printer’s settings with the test ruler. :)

    You’ve got the yardage correct, although you won’t need quite as much lining if you don’t plan to line the sleeves (not necessary to line them). 3m for lining will be more than sufficient unless you are very tall.

    Congrats on the wedding, and have fun sewing!

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  67. Pascale Pons
    July 21, 2012 at 10:27 am (3 years ago)

    Thanks for your comments. Unfortunatelly I cannot get my printer to print at the scale of 100 %. Don’t know why it does work even though I set 100 %. I’ll call them when I come back from holydays, if not I’ll print the pattern and make tests.

    Thanks for your help.

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  68. Jennie Chancey
    July 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, that is so frustrating! There’s a tiny minority of printers that will not cooperate. You can always put the files on a thumb drive and take them to Staples to be printed. In fact, some Staples are able to piece the PDF back into a full pattern sheet and print to scale — but be sure to ask the per-foot price first! Sometimes it’s insane. A good architectural printer can do it for far less.

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  69. Brynn
    August 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm (3 years ago)

    I am trying to see the Bonus photo tutorial to make a bodiced petticoat from this pattern and it says the page is no longer there. Can I see it some where else?

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  70. Brynn
    August 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks!

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  71. Joanna
    September 18, 2012 at 10:00 am (3 years ago)

    I believe the Simplicity pattern for the Regency Gown is your pattern aswell. Can you tell me if it sizes the same? Thanks for your help.

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  72. Grace
    September 22, 2012 at 10:02 am (3 years ago)

    Hi, I am thinking about sewing the regency dress in a light blue organdy. I took a sewing class a couple years ago for school, but I haven’t done much since then. I really want to make the dress, but I’m wondering how quickly do you think a beginner could sew this dress? We’re doing a traditional English tea after we finish reading Pride and Prejudice in a few weeks, and I’d like to have ti done by then. I could probably spend 30 minutes to an hour on it everyday.
    Thank you!

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    • Jennie Chancey
      September 23, 2012 at 9:14 am (3 years ago)

      Hi, Grace! If you are familiar with your sewing machine and can make basic skirts, you will be able to handle the Regency Gown pattern. I’ve had beginners go through it in a few days’ time. I recommend checking my photo instructions as you go step by step, as that will help you navigate through the harder sections like sleeves and placket. And you can always drop me a line or check my message forum if you run into any snags!

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  73. Grace
    September 23, 2012 at 10:42 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you for responding. :) I made a shirt and a skirt with my sewing class, but the skirt was too wide and the shirt ended up being too small(but I think that I grew from the time that I measured to the time that I finished it).
    Also, I was looking at the yardage requirements, and I noticed for the the lining it says: Lining(including skirt). Does that mean that I need 3 yards of the lining and 3 yards of my dress fabric for the skirt? I think so, but I want to make sure.
    Thank you!

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  74. Jennie Chancey
    September 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi, Grace! You only have to line the skirt if you are using sheer fabric. If you’re using cotton or linen or something else that’s opaque, don’t worry about lining. :)

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  75. Grace
    October 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Sorry, I’ve got another question about the lining: Do I Have to line the bodice? or is it possible to skip that step? Also, if I have to line the bodice, can I use interfacing?
    Thank you so much!

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  76. Jennie Chancey
    October 2, 2012 at 2:19 am (3 years ago)

    Hi, Grace! Yes, you really do need the lining to provide full support and strengthen the seams. I don’t recommend interfacing, as it’s not really fabric–just interior stabilizer. Use 100% cotton for the best results. :)

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  77. Grace
    October 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm (3 years ago)

    For the long sleeves, do I need the sleeve band? And if so, where do I attach it?
    Thank you~

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  78. Jennie Chancey
    October 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Nope! Those are for the lower edge of the puffed sleeves. :)

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  79. Grace
    October 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks, this was really puzzling me. ^^’

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  80. Grace
    October 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Could you please direct me to some instructions on how to create a regency era hairstyle?
    Thank you! 😀

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  81. Jennie Chancey
    October 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi, Grace! Intimelyfashion.com is currently down (under renovation), but it’s the site with the most hairstyle information for this time period. Also try Jessamyn’s page of Regency hairstyles at http://www.songsmyth.com/hairstyles.html. Hope this helps!

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  82. Carrie
    October 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm (3 years ago)

    My bra size is 38DDDD. Is there any way this will fit pattern will fit me? Do you have any suggestions for someone with my bra size?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      October 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi, Carrie! I have instructions for going up to a “DD” cup in my Romantic Dress photo instructions. The principles are the same, no matter your cup size, so if you follow the instructions, you can go up from the DD to anything else. I do strongly recommend creating the correct underpinnings for the dress first, as that will give the proper support and create the right silhouette for this time period. Once those are finished, you remeasure and go from there. One of my customers made the short stays fit her size G cup, and you can read about how she did it on my message forum (registration is free and private). I hope this helps!

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  83. Emilie
    October 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm (3 years ago)

    :O !!! This is gorgeous!!! Are you selling this one anywhere already made? Please email me!!! I would definitely buy one!!

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  84. MacPattterson
    November 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm (3 years ago)

    This is one of my favorite patterns.

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  85. Rebecca Burnham
    December 4, 2012 at 2:53 am (3 years ago)

    Hi! I thought I saw instructions for making the Regency gown with a button front option around here somewhere. Can you direct me? Thanks!

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  86. Tina
    December 31, 2012 at 12:00 am (3 years ago)

    I’m wondering if this pattern offers any variations to the long sleeve? I ask because I’m a Quaker and plan on wearing this dress on a daily basis and fear I would find the sleeves too tight and bothersome. I saw that you recommended this dress as a good ‘first’ project. What would you suggest next for someone like me, looking for a dress to wear in ‘real life’. Thank you so much for your time. Blessings, Tina

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    • Jennie Chancey
      December 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi, Tina! The long sleeves on this pattern are not very fitted at all. It’s the Elegant Lady’s Closet that has the more fitted sleeves. This one is comfy for everyday wear. Have fun sewing!

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  87. Amanda
    March 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I want to make a dress like Elizabeth Bennet wears in the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice. It’s the one she wears to the party at Lucas Lodge and again at Lady Lucas’s house. What would you recommend for this project?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      March 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi, Amanda! The best one is this pattern (my original Regency Gown), but if you want the sheer white overdress, use the sleeveless pelisse option from my Spencer/Pelisse pattern. Hope this helps!

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  88. ladydetemps
    October 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I had a little burst of inspiration…wondering if I could use the dress pattern – raising back neckline and changing to front opening to make a spencer? I’m guessing I’d need to illiminate the gathers at the front?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      October 5, 2013 at 11:35 am (2 years ago)

      Hi there! Yes, I have actually had ladies make a Spencer jacket from the gown pattern, but you do need to adjust the sizing, as it’s got to fit over your dress without being too snug, and you’ve got to eliminate the gathers and create proper darts instead. It’s actually a lot easier just to use my Spencer Jacket pattern, which already has the ease to fit over the dress and includes the correct back seams and sleeves, plus the darts. :-) Whatever you do, have fun sewing!

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      • ladydetemps
        November 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm (2 years ago)

        I want to avoid ordering from abroad (costs me too much) or having to spend hours taping together lots of sheets of paper. So was hoping to use what I have. Will fit it over my clothes anyway to get the right ease. I’ve already illiminated gathers and changed to darts on the dress (gathers don’t suit me). I think its just the collar I’ll have a few issues with….but then me and collars don’t get on. lol! I find this pattern really versatile….made so many variations from it so far.

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  89. Kacey
    October 5, 2013 at 7:26 am (2 years ago)

    Just bought the pattern. I’ve done a variety of small sewing projects, but I’m pretty new to dressmaking. Why do the instructions say to gradually change the width of the seam allowance on the placket? What does that do for the dress?

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  90. Emily
    January 13, 2014 at 5:23 am (1 year ago)

    Hi! I have been looking for regency era dress patterns. So glad I stumbled upon your site! I was wondering if you had this pattern in children’s sizes? I am making a set of dresses for a little girl’s birthday that are supposed to resemble the American Girl doll Caroline and I think this pattern is the closest of one of her dresses I have been able to fine. But… I need a child’s size 😉

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  91. Ann-Katrin
    February 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm (1 year ago)

    Heyy
    just a short question:
    do i have to add the seam allowance before cutting my fabric or is it included in the pattern?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      February 14, 2014 at 11:46 am (1 year ago)

      Hello! It’s already included (this note is on the yardage chart and in the pattern instructions on the first page as well). Happy sewing!

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  92. Taryn
    March 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm (1 year ago)

    I have just finished my first attempt at the short sleeved dress in a floral for a day dress and it has turned out really well! Thank you for such a wonderful pattern. I am now going to try a more formal dress for evening wear. Planning to wear both to the Jane Austen Festival Australia in April. Thanks again :-)

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    • Jennie Chancey
      March 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm (1 year ago)

      Wonderful, Taryn! Would love to see pictures from the festival if you care to share!

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      • Taryn
        March 10, 2014 at 2:51 am (1 year ago)

        Yes, definitely! I will just have to work out how to share them… I can probably post a link to the festival website as they had lots of the pics up there last year.

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  93. Melanie
    March 11, 2014 at 12:25 am (1 year ago)

    I am beginning to start sewing the Regency dress for my daughter who is 13. Her bust measures at 32, her waist at 31 and her hips at 37. I’ve purchased the women’s pattern. I know that I will have to do a different size bodice than the skirt. But can you help with what sizes I should use? Thank you!

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    • Jennie Chancey
      March 11, 2014 at 12:44 am (1 year ago)

      Hi, Melanie! The bust measurement is the most important for this pattern because of its empire-waist style. You can ignore the natural waist measurement and cut the size 10 for the bodice and skirt. Because of the generous skirt back with its pleats or gathers, she’ll have plenty of room in the hips. However, if you plan to line the skirt with the skirt lining (which has a closer fit), then follow my tutorial to see how to grade up from the bodice to the skirt (lining, in this case) in the hip area (scroll down to “The Rest of the Pattern” for the details on adding width just to the hips and keeping the bodice its own size). Happy sewing!

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      • Melanie
        March 22, 2014 at 6:33 pm (1 year ago)

        Thank you! I hope to start the dress today.

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  94. Zoellen
    March 21, 2014 at 2:35 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Jennie
    I’ve barely started using this pattern and I’ve already hit a problem: I can’t for the life of me get the curved seam on the bodice back and side back to line up properly. No matter what I try, it seems like the side back piece is too short, and I end up with extra space on the back piece either at the bottom or at the armscye, and this gap isn’t on any of the instruction pictures. I measured the stitching line on each piece (5/8″ in from the fabric edge) and it seems like the stitching line on the back piece is almost 2 cm longer than the side back? Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      March 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi, Zoellen! It is probably a fabric issue. If you are using material that is not very “giving” (no stretch), then the curve will not ease as nicely as fabrics with a bit of stretch to them. That line on the curve isn’t a stitching line–it’s an “easing” line, and is there is to help the curved side back piece go nicely into the curve of the back if you have stretchier material. (You use it to run basting stitches, which are gently pulled up to help “ease” the curve into position.) But if you have stiffer fabric, just match from the top of the side back down as best you can and trim away any “leftovers” by grading gently into the rest of the side back. No harm done!

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      • Zoellen
        March 21, 2014 at 10:50 pm (1 year ago)

        Ah, that must be it. The fabric I’m using for my toile is a bit stiffer than my nice fabric; I hadn’t thought about that. Thank you!! :)

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        • Zoellen
          March 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm (1 year ago)

          You were right, it was the fabric. I cut a new piece out of muslin and it worked much better than the poly/cotton blend I was using before. :) Can’t wait til I finish the mock-up and start on the real thing!

  95. Lyric
    April 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Hello,

    I have Elegant Lady’s Closet and wondering if I need the supplement as I am a size 18, DD cup?

    Thank you.

    Lyric

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    • Jennie Chancey
      April 29, 2014 at 3:16 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi, Lyric! The supplement is only needed for the original Regency Gown pattern. The ELC already includes all sizes. :-)

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  96. Wendy
    May 15, 2014 at 4:37 am (1 year ago)

    I want to use this pattern for my daughters to wear to a ball next winter. One daughter is very well endowed. She probably wears a H cup. Will one of your patterns work for her? If so, which would you recommend as the best option. I know I will have to go with full stays for her.

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    • Jennie Chancey
      May 17, 2014 at 11:24 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi, Wendy! Definitely use this pattern and add the supplement for the larger cup sizes. The supplement goes up to DD, but you can go up as large as needed by simply lengthening the bodice front as shown in my Romantic Era Dress instructions. Do be sure to make the underthings first, as those will alter her shape, flattening and pushing up the bust. Then measure over those and go on from there. Hope this helps, and happy sewing!

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  97. Erica Guadagnoli
    September 15, 2014 at 9:51 pm (10 months ago)

    Hi, I scrolled through the comments to see if this was asked but didn’t notice anywhere.. Are proper underpinnings required for this dress or can you get away with wearing modern underclothes?

    Thanks!

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    • Jennie Chancey
      September 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm (10 months ago)

      Hi, Erica! You do not need the period underpinnings for this dress to fit, since the bodice is longer on this one than on the Elegant Lady’s Closet. Have fun sewing!

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      • Erica Guadagnoli
        June 12, 2015 at 3:10 am (3 weeks ago)

        I recently bought the elc pattern and underpinnings but I am going to make my 2 youngest daughters dresses first.. I am now pregnant again and am wondering for a maternity dress would I have to add width to the skirt part of the dress or could I make the dress as is and there would be enough room? My bust measurement is a size 16 but the waist is at a size 20 and my hips are a size 18.. I want to make a few so I can wear them for normal wear. Also, would I make gathers in the front as well as the back?

        Thanks for answering all my questions I know I have had a few in a few different places!

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        • Jennie Chancey
          June 12, 2015 at 10:51 am (3 weeks ago)

          Hi, Erica! The drawstring dress works beautifully for early pregnancy but will probably feel a bit tight by the eighth month. I recommend simply moving the skirt front piece two inches from the fold and doing the same with the bodice front piece. Then you have more room for the belly and more room later for the bust if you use the drawstring dress for nursing. Just go with your bust measurement when cutting the bodice back pieces, and use the size 16 with the added width at the front for the skirt. When you pull up the waistline drawstring, you’ll have more gathers in front (plus the usual skirt gathers or pleats in back). I hope this helps!

  98. Lois
    November 17, 2014 at 8:56 pm (8 months ago)

    I am just wondering, is it possible to make the back neckline higher? Thanks!

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    • Jennie Chancey
      November 17, 2014 at 11:56 pm (8 months ago)

      Hi, Lois! Yes, you can change the neckline yourself by following the instructions in my tutorial — or you can get the Regency Gown Neckline Supplement, which gives you other neckline alternatives for this pattern (without you having to do any measuring or drawing yourself). Happy sewing!

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  99. rookie crafter
    April 26, 2015 at 1:01 am (2 months ago)

    Could I use hooks and eyes rather than buttons on this pattern?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      April 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm (2 months ago)

      Hi there! Yes, you sure can. Just make sure they are ones that hook together firmly (I often use skirt hooks rather than hooks and eyes). Happy sewing!

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  100. Amy
    June 1, 2015 at 4:02 pm (1 month ago)

    I’m looking for a gown that is for daily wear, as my skin is quite sensitive to seams and such, so I need to find a dress with long, flowing lines and that isn’t too tight up top. I love the empire waist gowns and love all things Jane Austen. I noticed that your pattern doesn’t include the lace-front instructions? I don’t want to purchase the Simplicity pattern because I plan to make these dresses for years and need the durable pattern. Will this pattern be updated with lace-front instructions?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      June 1, 2015 at 6:32 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi, Amy! By “lace-front,” do you mean the drawstring closure option? That’s in the neckline supplement for this pattern, which you can purchase in addition to the pattern to get more necklines and the drawstring closure. Or you can get my Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern, which includes a drawstring dress option already. Hope this helps, and happy sewing!

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      • Amy
        June 1, 2015 at 7:57 pm (1 month ago)

        Yes, that’s what I meant. :) I wish I could do the Elegant Lady’s Closet, but I can’t wear the underpinnings. I have to do a simple dress with linen and linen shorts underneath. They are the only things that don’t negatively affect my body.

        Thanks!

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        • Jennie Chancey
          June 1, 2015 at 11:10 pm (1 month ago)

          Hi again! If you don’t wish to do the underpinnings, you can simply lengthen the bodice front of the Elegant Lady’s Closet so the empire waist doesn’t hit across the bustline. Not hard at all. :-)

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