Melanie’s Sumptuous Regency Ballgowns

By Jennie Chancey

Since the very early days of being a Jane Austen fan, I have longed for the opportunity to dress up in a Regency ballgown. I had made myself some Regency day dresses, but not a ballgown… until we were invited to a Regency-themed Christmas ball! I ended up making two gowns: one for me, and one for my sister. I used your Regency gown pattern as a base, and we were able to attend the ball in style. :)

For mine (the green dress) I altered it by cutting the bodice piece farther from the fold to give it a gathered front. I also raised the neckline a little. For my sister’s (the red dress), I followed the instructions for darting the Regency gown bodice under the post “Modifying Your Regency Gown Bodice” on this site. It was tricky to get the length of the darts just right, but it worked out fine in the end. :)

As always, the pattern was a delight to work with. I never hesitate to recommend Sense & Sensibility patterns… I love them and can’t wait to make more when the opportunity arises! :) Thank you so much for making them available!


~Melanie

(Photos by Brandon P.)

Oh, what beautiful work, Melanie! And what a special event. It looks like it was wonderful fun. Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous creations!

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6 Comments on Melanie’s Sumptuous Regency Ballgowns

  1. Nancy
    March 6, 2011 at 3:36 am (4 years ago)

    Wow, I’m so glad I found this site. I’m hungry to see women in feminine clothing again. Thanks for creating it. :)

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  2. Cecilia
    March 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm (4 years ago)

    wow, beautiful dresses!! I can’t get enough from this site!
    I am not very good in English, but I have learn very much from this site.

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  3. Shelli
    March 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm (4 years ago)

    These dresses are both beautiful! I really like the photo of you sitting beneath the portrait – when I first saw it as your avatar on the forum I thought “is there a new Jane adaptation I haven’t seen yet??”

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  4. Christina
    March 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm (4 years ago)

    What lovely dresses! You’ve done a truly admirable job. I am inspired. :)

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  5. Miss Shirley
    April 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Melanie, they’re gorgeous! Droll-worthy, indeed! :D

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  6. maria
    May 1, 2011 at 6:38 am (4 years ago)

    Hi do you make clothes yourself Nancy?

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