Amy’s Beautiful Romantic Era Dress


I made this dress for a school dance last winter. I didn’t decide on my fabric until just a couple days before the event. I had to work quickly to finish in time, which I did, thanks to my mom and my sister! 🙂 I did make some short-cuts–the dress had no back closure until a couple weeks ago so my sister had to sew me into it!

I used the e-pattern, and printing it was a cinch. The pattern itself was quite easy to work with, even though this was my first real dress. I really enjoyed it, and love my dress! Thank you for your beautiful patterns, Mrs. Chancey!

~ Amy

Wonderful work, Amy! I love your hairstyle, and the photo with the flowers is enchanting. 🙂

16 Comments on Amy’s Beautiful Romantic Era Dress

  1. Tiffany Keller
    May 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm (7 years ago)

    That is a gorgeous dress! I love it! Well done Amy!

  2. Challice
    May 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm (7 years ago)

    Shall I send you my address? 😉 This is so beautiful. I wish it was cooler here so I could wear more dresses like that.

  3. Sommer
    May 30, 2010 at 1:25 am (7 years ago)

    Absolutely beautiful!

  4. Jenny
    May 30, 2010 at 7:24 am (7 years ago)


  5. Amy
    May 31, 2010 at 12:06 pm (7 years ago)

    Simple. Stunning.

  6. Grace Carpenter
    June 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm (7 years ago)

    Also do you need a hoop skirt to wear it?

    • Jennie Chancey
      June 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm (7 years ago)

      You don’t have to wear a hoopskirt with this dress (or skirt)–a nice, full petticoat beneath will do it!

  7. Grace Carpenter
    June 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm (7 years ago)

    Thank-you Mrs.Chancey!

  8. Elizabethbennet (Millie Carpenter)
    July 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm (7 years ago)

    Georgeous ! You did a wonderful job .

  9. Elizabeth (yes, that's my real name)
    May 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I love this dress. It gives me an idea on what I can wear over my own hoop, although it would look nice either way. Great work, I love the fabric you chose.

  10. Bre
    June 15, 2011 at 9:46 am (6 years ago)

    In fact, the crinoline wasn’t even invented till Victoria’s time, so no you don’t need one

  11. Johanna Rose
    July 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm (5 years ago)

    What pattern was used to make this dress???

    • Jennie Chancey
      July 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi, Johanna! All the outfits featured in Show and Tell were made with my patterns, all available on this site. This is from my Romantic Era Dress pattern. Thanks for asking!

  12. Johanna Rose
    August 3, 2011 at 9:27 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks Mrs. Chencey. Consiquintly, I just bought the Romantic Dress pattern, as I just fell in love with Amy’s Dress. But, I was wondering, would you be able to tell from her pictures if she hand gauged the skirt, or pleated it??

    I have read the instructions over, and over again, and am unsure as to weather I should gauge it or pleat it (it is going to be four panels).

    Does one option turn out better then the other???

  13. Amy
    November 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm (5 years ago)

    Johanna Rose,
    I actually did not gauge or pleat the skirt, just plain gathers. As I only did three 45″ panels in the skirt, there was no need to gauge, and pleats scare me. 🙂
    I don’t know what would be better for your dress, since I don’t know what kind of fabric, or style you’re using, but it seems like it depends on what you want the finished dress to look like, and what works best with your fabric.
    You’ve probably already decided how to finish your dress, but if you haven’t, I hope this is helpful.


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