Jana’s Sprigged Lawn Regency Gown


I made this for funsies. It is off-white sprigged lawn I got on major sale. Yummy. It is actually a re-do. The first time, I made the top 4 sizes too big in the other top option. Rats! >:( I did terrible things to try to make it work, before hanging it in a corner of my closet, glaring at it, shutting the doors firmly and walking away until such time as I could look at it without pouting.

Finally, I took off the top and did it again from scratch! I learned from my mistakes the first time and it went together beautifully.

Sometimes projects just don’t go smoothly. You just have to take a deep breath and get out that seam ripper! Most of the useful things I’ve learned while sewing have been the result of messing up and thinking about it while I used my much-used seam ripper.


Oh, what fun! I got such a big kick out of this, because I, too, had to learn to make my seam ripper my best friend when my mother was teaching me to sew. And I have three of them in convenient places, following the motto, “As ye sew, so shall ye rip!” LOL! Thanks for sharing your lovely work, Jana!

4 Comments on Jana’s Sprigged Lawn Regency Gown

  1. Jana
    September 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm (6 years ago)

    How have I never heard that phrase before? I love it. 😀

  2. Teresa Hemphill
    September 6, 2010 at 10:34 pm (6 years ago)

    Inspires me to finish my Regency gown that went slightly awry! Thanks for posting!

  3. happymom4
    September 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm (6 years ago)

    An excellent seamstress told me when I was a child and learning to sew, “A good seamstress knows how to rip.” That’s stuck with me.

    Congrats on finishing the project!

  4. Sonjia Graf
    October 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I to had to learn to use my seam ripper and they lay next to all my machines. Today theirs 3 sewing machines on the kitchen table. Also there is a ripper next to the iron, it’s a tool that a seamstress has to have. My cousin uses a jewelry tool to magnify her work when she does her ripping.
    The dress looks great.


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