Anna’s Regency Dresses & Blouse


Hold on to your hats! Anna of Pleasant View Schoolhouse is a prolific, gifted seamstress who creates some of the most beautiful outfits I’ve ever seen. I am thrilled and honored that she uses my patterns, and she has shared pictures of several projects, so prepare to drool! (Stunning photography by Anna’s son Giles!)

Bella’s fabric arrived in the mail–a cotton sateen with a little stretch. It has a much sturdier, less drapey hand than Clara’s cotton and rayon blend, which makes the dress hang differently. More castle, less cottage.

I made a spring dress for Clara from Sense and Sensibility’s Regency pattern. An excellent value pattern as the sizing runs from Clara’s slight measurements up to a very generous 22 or so. She chose the short sleeves, and picked out this soft cotton-rayon blend plaid from the stash. I remembered to match my plaid lines, and to make a muslin to fit the bodice. My work on the muslin paid off in spades: after pinching various gaping issues out, enlarging the armscye, and raising the front neckline, we had a perfect fit.

Daisy’s turn for a Regency-style dress for Easter! This is a separate pattern from the ladies’ and big girls’ pattern, and it has fuller sleeves. And because Daisy loves bunnies so much right now, I embroidered a bunny on the front at the hem. The transfer is from the delightful Pattern Bee.

Clara suggested a blouse from the Regency dress pattern. I had just enough of this beloved vintage polka-dot fabric to do it, if I pieced the back. Goodies from the stash–vintage navy blue velvet ribbon and unbelievable buttons in sort of a polka dot miniature.

I think Anna gets a standing ovation for her fabulous work, don’t you? And kudos to Giles for the beautifully lit, ultra-clear photos!

2 Comments on Anna’s Regency Dresses & Blouse

  1. Jo March
    March 7, 2009 at 1:39 pm (6 years ago)

    All the dresses are so lovely! And I love the Regency blouse. Such a wonderful idea! I am about to make one of my own.

    God bless!

  2. Jenny
    January 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm (5 years ago)

    These are all gorgeous! What a great idea to make the blouse.


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