Posts Tagged ‘girls’

Let’s Make Colonial Costumes for Girls!

By Jennie Chancey

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Out of all the patterns I’ve designed in the past 18 years, the Girls’ 1780s Portrait Dress pattern is, hands down, my own daughters’ very favorite. I’ve made them so many dress-up dresses from this pattern in toiles and stripes and prints, and they want new ones as soon as they outgrow them! But this year, both girls asked if I could make dresses that looked more like something “Felicity” (the now retired–sigh–American Girl doll) would wear.

Jennifer’s Girl’s 1780s Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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This dress was made from Sense and Sensibility’s 1780’s portrait dress pattern with some fitting alterations.  I added buttonholes and daisy buttons to close the back.  When it came time to mark the tucks and hem, my daughter was so excited about the length and about it being a “Princess” dress!  In the end, instead […]

Katie’s Romantic Flower Girl Dresses

By Jennie Chancey

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When choosing a design for my flowergirls’ dresses, your Girls’ Romantic Dress pattern was perfect – it had the fitted bodice and full skirt I was looking for, without a neckline that belongs on an adult. The only change I had to make was to lengthen the skirts. The green dress also has a waistband, […]

Pinnies, Pantaloons, and More!

By Jennie Chancey

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I’m delighted to announce that Sense & Sensibility’s creative order fulfillment gal, Heather (who packages and mails all your orders with her homeschooling family!), is now creating beautiful pinafores and pantaloons from my patterns for her new Etsy shop, Sew In Joy!

Ana-Gloria’s Georgian Easter Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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These are the pictures of Ana-Gloria’s Easter Dress and my second time with the 1780 Portrait Dress. This time I made the gathered bodice and it went together beautifully and was so much fun to make. The dress is white cotton lawn with a silk dupioni sash in “Tiffany Blue” with a hand made flower […]

Olivia’s 1780s First Communion Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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My daughter Olivia wanted to look like a princess, and I wanted to find something classic-looking for her First Communion. The portrait dress looked like a perfect fit. Not being a particularly advanced seamstress, I was a bit scared to do it in solid white, but am pleased with how it turned out and so […]

Colette’s 1780s First Communion Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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I have no experience with historical sewing, so I make no claims that the lace or anything else on this dress is period-correct When I had trouble finding a modest and elegant pattern for my daughter’s first communion dress, I turned to period patterns and found this lovely website, and I am delighted with the […]

Kyra’s Beautiful Girl’s 1780s Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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My daughter, Kyra, absolutely loves this dress. The sash is not as wide as the pattern calls for, since I only had a minimal amount of the blue, but it went perfect with the blue flower fabric. I also had to put in an elastic “drawstring” since it was slipping off her shoulders too much […]

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