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.
Archive of ‘Tips’ category
Learn how to correctly set 18th-century sleeves with this video tutorial.
This tutorial will help you navigate through the plackets in my Regency Gown and Elegant Lady’s Closet patterns.
My short tutorial shows how to make a perfect placket inside a seam.
Lorna has put together a step-by-step tutorial, showing how she created a pelisse (coat) from my Regency Spencer & Pelisse pattern. It includes excellent photographs and inspiring original images and shows how easy it is to modify my pattern to reproduce an extant garment. Pop on over to Lorna’s blog for all the fun. Thanks, […]
Laura Singer has put together a photo tutorial to show how she modified my “Swing” Dress pattern to work for a nursing mother: Hello Mrs. Chancey, I contacted you a while ago about your recommendations for making the swing dress nursing friendly. I documented the process in a photo tutorial on my blog, which […]
My good friend, Casey, over at Elegant Musings is hosting a “Sew-Along” this month and into February. Lots of ladies get together to sew from one pattern and share the results. Casey took a poll, and my 1940s “Swing” Dress Pattern won! I was very honored and am excited to see the beautiful results that are sure to follow. If you’d like to join in, jump on over to Casey’s gorgeous blog for the sewing schedule!
I’ve received several questions about what to use when tracing pattern pieces for repeated use (paper? tissue? interfacing?). My absolute favorite choice is Swedish Tracing Paper, which is washable, reusable interfacing (“paper” is a bit of a misnomer). You can even make your fitting toiles from this stuff, as it will stand up to sewing […]
One of my long-time customers and forum members has a lovely sewing blog that she fills with beautiful photos as well as helpful tips and tricks. She has been putting together a Regency Era bodiced petticoat from my instructions and posting detailed photos as she goes.
So, you’ve made your first outfit from one of my patterns. It went together without a hitch…until you put it on and stepped in front of a mirror. “Wait a minute!” you exclaimed. “This waistline is way too high! This sleeve just doesn’t hit me where I thought it would! How am I supposed to be comfortable in this?”
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