Gracelyn’s First Regency Gown

By Jennie Chancey

Hello! I made this dress for a party my family and I are hosting. One of my sisters and I each got a pattern from you for Christmas. When I saw how beautiful the dresses were I hoped I could someday make one of them. I did not sew very much, so I knew I would not be able to make one for a while. I didn’t even know how to read a pattern. A few months ago my mother bought me a sewing DVD, which really encouraged me to start sewing more. I made a few skirts, aprons, and quilted pillows. Then, my darling little sister (who is two) loves to play dress up and look pretty, so I thought I would use some of my cheap fabric and make her a dress without a pattern. It came out fine; it was a little small in one area and a little big in another, but she didn’t care.

When my parents asked us if we would like to host a Harvest Party (it’s where we choose a historical character, dress up and give a speech about them), I wondered if I might be able to try to make one of the dresses. I looked at my instruction book for my pattern but thought I needed to start with an easier one, so I asked my sister if I could use hers, which she said was fine. My nana called a friend of hers to see if she could help me cut it out, and she did. I started sewing the bodice together, and was so happy that everything was going well! I pinned it together with safety pins after I had finished the skirt to see how everything fit and looked. It was too short, and the sleeves were too tight. After fixing this problem, I used solid fabric and I sewed that onto the front and made the back with a train. I used different kinds of ribbon. One looked good but was too red, so when I saw your sash idea I thought I would try it. My mother and I both liked it with the sash. I enjoyed making this dress. Two of my sisters also picked out fabric and they want me to make them dresses too.

Thank you so much, Mrs. Chancey!

~Gracelyn S.

Another beginner triumphs grandly! This just tickles me pink, Gracelyn! I loved seeing your work, and keep up the sewing!

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8 Comments on Gracelyn’s First Regency Gown

  1. Lyric
    June 30, 2012 at 10:12 am (2 years ago)

    Bravo, bravo, Miss Gracelyn:

    I am sitting here mentally clapping violently. You did a splendid job and I’ll be the party was wonderful.

    Thank you for the encouragement you have imparted.

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  2. Gretchen
    August 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Wonderful Job Gracelyn!

    I saw your name in the title and wondered if it was you. Your dress is lovely! You did a great job, and I hope you keep it up! The more you sew, the more you will learn and get comfortable with it.
    Again, delightful dress!

    Mrs. Gretchen P.
    P.S. I love it with the hat! :-)

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  3. May flower
    September 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! You must be blessed so much with talent! That dress is so so pretty. I’m so glad you included the sash! I do love sashes. I might have some dresses sewn for me for Christmas (or try to sew one myself, I’m a beginner too). And if I may would like to inquire about which pattern you used, and which sewing dvd. I would be very grateful. Again I love your dress; it is very lovely.

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  4. Grace
    October 2, 2012 at 12:11 am (2 years ago)

    You look so beautiful! And you have also encouraged me and shown me that I can make a regency dress that is less complicated than yours is.

    Great job and good luck in future projects! :D

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  5. Gracelyn
    October 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much everyone! Mrs. Chancey’s patterns are wonderful! I really enjoyed using the pattern and making my dress!

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  6. Gracelyn
    October 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello May flower!
    Thank you so much for you kind comment!

    The sewing DVD my mother purchased for me was “Homestead Blessings: the Art of Sewing.” Hope you have a great day!

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  7. Lynzie Coller
    August 31, 2013 at 11:29 pm (11 months ago)

    That is a very beautiful dress, Gracelyn! I love the colors. You have a perfect taste of color!

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