Anna’s Romantic Era Dress

By Jennie Chancey


The girls and I have been happily engrossed in the 1999 BBC miniseries ‘Wives and Daughters,’ which we have never seen before. Daisy above everyone is obsessed with Molly, Roger, and Cynthia, and is full of questions. Why does Cynthia wear two buns AND a ponytail? Why is Molly good? Is it because she has better dresses? Did Roger die? And more. Molly’s dresses actually are enchanting, probably to the point where they truly would make you a better person. Clara wanted one and we made it from Sense and Sensibility’s Romantic Era Dress pattern. Clara was confident that she could handle the Big Sleeves so we went for it. used a beautiful Moda print from their ‘Kansas Trouble’ series. We piped the sleevebands and waistband in contrasting red, and trimmed the neckline with tiny cotton lace. Covered buttons do up the back. The skirt is two straight panels of fabric gathered, and the bodice is lined with a very delicate cream voile.

Another stunning creation by Anna of Pleasant View Schoolhouse!

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4 Comments on Anna’s Romantic Era Dress

  1. Melanie A.
    February 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm (6 years ago)

    I love the dress! It looks like Molly!
    I love that line about Cynthia’s two buns and a ponytail! :-D

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  2. Grace Carpenter
    June 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Do you know if it is possible just to make the skirt of this beautiful dress?

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    • Jennie Chancey
      June 21, 2010 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Hello, Grace! yes, you can just make a skirt, but the pattern contains only pieces for the bodice and sleeves, since the skirt is made of simple rectangles you cut to the proper length. :-) If you wanted to make a full skirt like this, you’d just cut three 44″-wide rectangles (each one the right length for your desired length, plus 2.5″ for seam allowance and hem). Next, you’ll cut a waistband that is long enough to go around your waist and overlap for a closure, then four inches wide. Sew the skirt pieces together at the side seams, leaving one open about six inches from the top for a placket. You can gather, gauge, or pleat the skirt into the waistband, matching the placket to the center back opening, then matching center front and sides. Sew the skirt to the waistband, right sides together, then flip the raw edge of the waistband under and turn it over the raw seam allowance. Whipstitch in place to enclose the seam. All that’s left is to add hooks and bars or a button for your center back closure, and there’s your full skirt!

      Warmly,
      Jennie

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