With this pattern, you can create a wide variety of dresses for day and evening–plus a jumper that can be worn over a blouse made from my Romantic Blouse pattern. This pattern was inspired by the PBS production of “Wives and Daughters,” which motivated me to look into extant gowns from this transitional time between the Regency and Victorian eras. I owe a great debt of thanks to Janet Arnold’s detailed sketches in Patterns of Fashion 1.
- Sizes 6-26 all included in one envelope.
- Illustrated instructions make construction easy!
- Options for long sleeves and short sleeves; darted, gathered, or pleated bodices; front or back closures; and five different necklines.
- Instructions for creating a period correct nursing dress–perfect for nursing moms!
- Period fashion plates included to inspire your creations.
- Pattern appendix explains how to adjust the bodice front for ladies sized D and DD.
- Photo Instructions online (coming soon in PDF format).
- Click to download the Romantic Era Dress Pattern yardage chart.
- Also available for instant download as an ePattern in PDF format!
The photos on this page show several different outfits you can make from this pattern (you could easily make a dozen different styles by mixing and matching necklines, sleeves, and bodice treatments). The pattern is rated “intermediate” because of the fitting techniques involved, but a patient beginner should be able to navigate the instructions without too much trouble.
Note: If you purchased a copy of this pattern prior to December, 2007, click HERE for corrections.