Gretchen’s Romantic Era Dress and Apron


Hi Jennie!

I’ve enjoyed your patterns for seven or eight years now, but I’ve never been able to get my show and tell submissions to work (I’m not at all techie). I love the new site, and how easy everything is!

Here are some pictures of the Romantic era outfit I made about five years ago. I dropped the waist on the actual dress, so it’s not quite period, but left it high on the matching apron which is usually how I wear it. I LOVED learning how to do cartridge pleating! I’ve used it a lot since then as it’s so practical and pretty. Great work on your patterns and inspiring site! I’m looking forward to the new Georgian dresses. šŸ™‚

Gretchen P.

Aren’t these photos enchanting? This is simply beautiful work, Gretchen! Thank you for sharing!

11 Comments on Gretchen’s Romantic Era Dress and Apron

  1. Miss Raquel
    May 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow! Yes, these are beautiful!

  2. Hannah
    May 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm (7 years ago)

    Gorgeous! I love your apron!

  3. Grace
    May 24, 2010 at 8:35 pm (7 years ago)

    I love your dress and also your apron. Do you find the straight shoulder straps on your apron sometimes fall off if bending over? I couldn’t keep them on my shoulder so I sewed a bar across the back. I now cross them as in the girls edwardian apron. I must have slooping shoulders!!! LOL.

  4. Sara G
    May 30, 2010 at 10:59 am (7 years ago)

    I LOVE this so much! Beautiful job!

  5. Lisa J
    June 14, 2010 at 10:27 am (7 years ago)

    I love the outfit..but what pattern did you use for the apron? It is different from the Edwardian Apron pattern available at this site.

    • Jennie Chancey
      June 14, 2010 at 10:36 am (7 years ago)

      Hi, Lisa!

      I am not sure which pattern Gretchen used, but I have directions in the appendix of the Regency Gown pattern that explain how to make one in the same style (if you wanted the longer waistline, you’d just make the bib front longer). Hope this helps!


  6. DollyMae
    June 22, 2010 at 2:35 am (7 years ago)

    This is absolutely lovely, I’d wear that outfit myself. Just love this kind of thing.

  7. Anne
    June 22, 2010 at 3:48 am (7 years ago)

    I love this outfit. Probably one of my favorites. I definitely have to make one!

  8. Gwen
    September 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm (4 months ago)

    This is absolutely stunning!
    Is it just me, or does this look quite convincingly 1890-1900?

    • Jennie Chancey
      September 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm (4 months ago)

      Hi, Gwen! It is true that those big sleeves came back into vogue in the 1890s — well spotted! šŸ™‚

      • Gwen
        September 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm (4 months ago)

        That’s interesting! Would this pattern be suitable for 1890s impressions then — or could it be altered to be used as such?


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