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Hello from someone who may need a bit of sewing help!
March 1, 2013
5:37 pm

New Member
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March 1, 2013

Hi Everyone!

I’m just about to buy the girls’ 1780s portrait dress pattern but I’m something of a novice…I quilt, but I’ve only every made very simple clothes. Thought I should join the forum before the pattern arrives in the hope that someone out there in the ether could help if (or more likely when) I get stuck. 

I’m a 40 year old wife, mum and antiques dealer from the UK.

Thanks in advance,


March 1, 2013
10:11 pm
Katrina Ariana
Portland, Oregon
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October 30, 2012

Welcome!  You will love this forum, I’m sure!  I think there are a number of ladies who have used the girls’ portrait dress pattern on this forum, so you should definitely get some good advice. 

Being an antique dealer must be a lot of fun – do you ever come across vintage patterns or sewing accessories? 


Happy sewing!



March 2, 2013
3:34 pm

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March 1, 2013

Hi Katrina and thanks for the welcome

Yes, it’s tons of fun – basically I shop for a living! Also, it means I can be at home with my kids which means a lot to me. I sometimes come across antique sewing accessories and some vintage patterns. I’ve sold one or two Victorian sewing boxes (beautiful), I often sell Victorian and Georgian Christening dresses, tons of table linen (I’m a keen needlewoman so I’m drawn to embroidered linen). However, I don’t tend to go looking for sewing accessories/patterns as I specialise in homewares (china, silver (EPNS) and linen).


I’m making the 1780s dress for my youngest girl (9). She’s nuts about The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (just like her dad) and wants a dress like the ones the lady hobbits wear in the film! Lots of the vintage sewing blogs recommend Sensibility patterns for being clear and good quality so I’m looking forward to giving it a go…I may try the swing dress pattern if the hobbit dress is a success.

March 2, 2013
5:06 pm
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November 5, 2012


The Georgian portrait dress is lovely!  My best advice is to make a toile first to confirm the bodice sizing and work out any fitting issues.  Can’t wait to see photos of the finished dress!



March 2, 2013
8:36 pm
Forum Posts: 356
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October 30, 2012

The portrait dress is relatively simple. but I agree with Geneece-make a toile so that you know it will fit. Jennie’s patterns go together well and her instructions are very clear.

Happy sewing!


March 3, 2013
3:30 pm

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March 1, 2013

Thanks ladies,

I’ll definitely make a toile and keep you updated. Perhaps I’ll open a flickr account so you can see some photos!

March 5, 2013
4:24 am

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Forum Posts: 34
Member Since:
February 17, 2013

Welcome! I hope it will be a great experience making the pattern! Georgian styles are so beautiful.

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