Nancy’s Painted Silk Regency Gown

By Jennie Chancey


My daughter got on a designing tangent, and drew designs for costumes and room settings for a number of fantasy parties (fantasy, as in, one can only fantasize about being able to afford one!). When she showed me the drawings, I pointed at ‘Autumn’ (shown above). And said ‘You know, we could make that with the Sensibility Regency pattern, and just leave off the sleeves.’ And so we did…. This project involved a number of firsts for us: Amanda hand-painted the tree on the underskirt, and we worked together to dip-dye the overskirt. Neither of us has ever painted or dyed any garment before. And I pleated the skirt-back instead of gathering it. I’ve pleated before, but only with little dotted pattern markings to guide me! This was the first time I’ve had to figure it out for myself. The underskirt is ecru silk dupioni, and the overskirt is silk gauze, which we ordered from Dharma Trading Company. Lovely, lovely fabric, but holy cow was it hard to cut! Remember the line in ‘The Sound of Music’ – ‘How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?’ Well that applies to silk gauze, too…. She really loves the dress, no matter what she looks like in that last photo. She was just tired of being photographed by her mother!~ Nancy H.

Nancy does it again! If you’ve looked through the Show and Tell section before, then you’ve already seen two of Nancy’s fabulous creations for her beautiful daughter. This one takes the cake, though, with that amazing dye job and the layers of silk! Wonderful!

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4 Comments on Nancy’s Painted Silk Regency Gown

  1. Hana Marmota
    May 15, 2009 at 8:56 am (6 years ago)

    This is one of the most beautiful dresses I’ve ever seen! I really love that it uses an old style pattern to create a fresh, new style. The painted tree looks very good.

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  2. Nancy
    May 17, 2009 at 7:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you very much! And Amanda, who designed it and painted the tree, thanks you too!

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  3. Allison Elizabeth♥
    September 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm (4 years ago)

    This is an amazing gown! I love the overlay, and the colors look so good with the model’s lovely red hair!

    I want this dress! :)

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  4. Joanna
    March 25, 2012 at 3:43 am (3 years ago)

    I love this! Modern with a touch of old-fashioned appeal. Refreshingly different and fit for the catwalk I say!

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