Regency Gown Pattern

By Jennie Chancey

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 $4.50
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162 Comments on Regency Gown Pattern

  1. barb
    June 19, 2012 at 10:16 am (2 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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  2. Lyric
    June 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm (2 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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  3. Jennie Chancey
    June 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm (2 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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  4. Pascale Pons
    June 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm (2 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 (2 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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  5. Blythe Ann Hockensmith
    June 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm (2 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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  6. Jennie Chancey
    June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm (2 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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  7. Marie
    June 25, 2012 at 11:16 pm (2 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 (2 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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  8. Emma B
    July 11, 2012 at 10:18 am (2 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 (2 years ago)

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

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  9. Lyric
    July 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm (2 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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  10. Lyric
    July 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm (2 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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  11. Jennie Chancey
    July 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm (2 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 (6 months 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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  12. Emma B
    July 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm (2 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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  13. Lyric
    July 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  14. michaela c
    July 17, 2012 at 10:40 am (2 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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  15. Pascale Pons
    July 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm (2 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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  16. Jennie Chancey
    July 19, 2012 at 8:10 am (2 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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  17. Pascale Pons
    July 21, 2012 at 10:27 am (2 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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  18. Jennie Chancey
    July 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm (2 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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  19. Brynn
    August 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm (2 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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  20. Brynn
    August 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks!

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  21. Joanna
    September 18, 2012 at 10:00 am (2 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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  22. Grace
    September 22, 2012 at 10:02 am (2 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 (2 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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  23. Grace
    September 23, 2012 at 10:42 am (2 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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  24. Jennie Chancey
    September 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm (2 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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  25. Grace
    October 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm (2 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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  26. Jennie Chancey
    October 2, 2012 at 2:19 am (2 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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  27. Grace
    October 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm (2 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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  28. Jennie Chancey
    October 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  29. Grace
    October 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks, this was really puzzling me. ^^’

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  30. Grace
    October 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  31. Jennie Chancey
    October 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm (2 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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  32. Carrie
    October 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm (2 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 (2 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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  33. Emilie
    October 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm (2 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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  34. MacPattterson
    November 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm (2 years ago)

    This is one of my favorite patterns.

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  35. Rebecca Burnham
    December 4, 2012 at 2:53 am (2 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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  36. Tina
    December 31, 2012 at 12:00 am (2 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 (2 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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  37. Amanda
    March 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm (1 year 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 (1 year 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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  38. ladydetemps
    October 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm (11 months 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 (11 months 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 (9 months 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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  39. Kacey
    October 5, 2013 at 7:26 am (11 months 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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  40. Emily
    January 13, 2014 at 5:23 am (8 months 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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  41. Ann-Katrin
    February 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm (7 months 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 (7 months 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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  42. Taryn
    March 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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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  43. Melanie
    March 11, 2014 at 12:25 am (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (5 months ago)

        Thank you! I hope to start the dress today.

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  44. Zoellen
    March 21, 2014 at 2:35 am (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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!

  45. Lyric
    April 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm (4 months 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 (4 months ago)

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

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  46. Wendy
    May 15, 2014 at 4:37 am (4 months 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 (3 months 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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