Amy’s Regency Ballgowns

By Jennie Chancey

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I made these ballgowns with my friends this summer using the Simplicity version of your pattern. The girls are part of an historical dance society and are focusing on the Regency period. The bronze dress is made of a tucked home decor fabric with gold sheer and wide ribbon trim accents. The pink dress is silk with an embroidered overlay. We put in lapped zippers to make sure the dresses stayed closed during dancing, then added buttons to make them look period correct! We also made bodiced petticoats to wear underneath. Thanks for the wonderful pattern – we had so much fun making them, and the girls are thrilled!

Amy Z.

Aren’t these gowns just stunning? I’ve often used home dec fabric for projects like this. It’s great to check that section of the fabric store if you want to find unique,beautiful material for a formal gown. You’re not limited to what’s in the formal fabric section, because home dec often has gorgeous silks and embroidered voiles like the ones you see here. Fantastic job, Amy!

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5 Comments on Amy’s Regency Ballgowns

  1. Alexandra
    February 12, 2009 at 11:27 am (5 years ago)

    Wow. These are stunning. Just beautiful.

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  2. Shelli Bennett
    February 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautiful! I can’t decide which gown I like better. Both are just gorgeous.

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  3. Sarah B.
    February 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm (5 years ago)

    These gowns look very beautiful and well made. I really like the combination of rich fabrics and trims that you used. It makes them very elegant. Wonderful job!
    I am hoping to try the Simplicity pattern soon.

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  4. Carreen A.
    February 23, 2009 at 11:34 am (5 years ago)

    These are lovely! I think the bronzey-red one is my favorite, but they are both so elegant. I especially like how you used home decor fabric to get the look you wanted. A couple of days ago I bought some home decor fabric to make myself a dressy 50′s style dress, so it’s fun to find out that other people have the same ideas! Keep up the good work!

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  5. Grace Carpenter
    June 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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