Reproduction Regency Portrait Gown

By Jennie Chancey

Back when I used to sew professionally, I often received requests to reproduce gowns seen in portraits or fashion plates. This is a gown I made in 2001, savoring every moment of this delectable project! My customer asked me to copy the gown and the chemisette with standing “ruff” collar seen in the Regency portrait at left. She sent me a  box loaded with the most delicious crimson silk velvet, gold cord, and stiff organdy for the collar/chemisette. The gown I made from my original Regency Gown Pattern. The chemisette with standing collar I made up on my own from the portrait. Below you see the results.

In this photo, you can see that the neckline edge of the ruffled collar is bound in the silk velvet and trimmed with gold cord to match the portrait.

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5 Comments on Reproduction Regency Portrait Gown

  1. Genevieve
    May 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm (4 years ago)

    This is so beautiful, Jennie! And what a thrilling project to undertake!

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  2. AnnaMae
    May 17, 2010 at 8:31 pm (4 years ago)

    What a fun challenge! that ruff collar is amazing :D

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  3. Bonny
    November 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm (3 years ago)

    I know that painting! It’s at Historic Locust Grove in Louisville, KY where we have a Jane Austen Festival in July!

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  4. sharon
    October 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm (2 years ago)

    The woman in the portrait is Serena Livingston Croghan. She was from New York and married George Croghan, the nephew of George Rogers Clark and William Clark. She had been engaged to Washington Irving at one time. Very interesting lady!

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    • Jennie Chancey
      October 23, 2011 at 11:01 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks for the identification, Sharon! Fascinating!

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