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Geneece’s Edwardian Apron

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My daughter wanted something “shabby chic” in nature; but we couldn’t come up with something we liked clothing-wise, so we started thinking of curtains for her room. Then it hit us that what she really needed was a new apron. Her child-size Edwardian apron was quite small and she could hardly tie it anymore. We thought the fabric she chose would make a lovely new Edwardian apron, and decided to vary it up a bit by adding a ruffle so that she could incorporate an additional fabric. She actually sewed quite a bit of it herself! Read more…

Kent House Museum Dresses

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I’d just begun to really sew when I was approached about making twenty dresses for a local museum’s summer camp for girls. I made it a challenge to myself and in two months made all of these dresses. Thank you for the pattern and the wonderful forum. I’m now making new dresses for some of the tour guides. ~ Tia P. Read more…

Let’s Make Colonial Costumes for Girls!

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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. Read more…

Jennifer’s Girl’s 1780s Dress

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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 […] Read more…

Katie’s Romantic Flower Girl Dresses

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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, […] Read more…

Ana-Gloria’s Georgian Easter Dress

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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 […] Read more…