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April 24, 2013
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I’m new to the forum, but not Sense & Sensibility patterns. I have an undergraduate degree in clothing and textile design from Auburn University. Over 20 years ago I started heirloom sewing by machine and Victorian handwork – smocking, shadow work, ribbon embroidery. At first I did this all for my daughter, then started sewing for her friends. I also attended Martha Pullen’s School of Fashion Art in Huntsville, AL. Once my daughter got into junior high, I began theatrical costuming for local theater groups and school productions. Then my husband began Revolutionary War historical reenactment, and you can say the rest is history. I create garments from medieval through Regency, and have recently had American Civil War requests. I’ve made British military tunics and over 30 Elizabethan court costumes for my church’s annual madrigal dinner. And now the Jane Austen people have found me, and I love them! The dress is essentially the square yoke dress I made over and over for my daughter, only bigger.

I live in Bowling Green, KY in a home with 4 generations, my parents and my daughter’s young family live with me and my husband with a miniature poodle and an Australian Shepherd. Whew! But it is a great experience! I have recently bought a Viking Diamond – love it, but learning to use it so as to make the most of the bells and whistles. I especially enjoy taking period fashions and making them relevant to current styles. One year, my daughter’s Easter dress was an electric purple A-line shift with lime green Madeira applique and embroidery. Wild, but effective and she loved it. Now I get to create for my new granddaughter. 

I do have a question. After searching for 2 years, I have finally found a source for sari fabric. Doing my homework, I know many Regency dresses used sari fabric since India was then part of the British Empire. I’d love to hear any suggestions or ideas from folks who have used sari fabric for Regency garments.  

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Welcome!  Sounds like you’ve had a lot of fun with all your sewing experiences!
April 24, 2013
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Welcome from Ireland!!  All three of my brothers live in Kentucky, it’s a beautiful state!!


I’m only getting into Regency sewing myself and will attend the Jane Austen Festival in September.  Right now I’m wrestling with underpinnings, but once I have the foundation right it should be smoother sailing–i hope!!  I’m not using saris for materials but there are tons of people who have and they are beautiful!  I cannot offer advice but I know you’ll get the information you need!


Irish Blessings


May 1, 2013
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Katrina Ariana
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Welcome to the forum!  I look forward to seeing pictures of your dresses!  And I’m glad there’s another Martha Pullen fan on board. :)

May 23, 2013
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Hi! Do you still smock? As I mentioned in my introduction (currently awaiting approval, but hopefully approved before this is!) I love to smock for my nieces. Not many people do it these days, so it’s nice to ‘meet’ someone who does (though as long as they’ve transferred across from the old forum, there should be a couple more people around here!)

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