Jennie Chancey

I launched Sense & Sensibility Patterns in 1998 with my original Regency Gown pattern. I never dreamed I'd one day have over two dozen patterns on the market and would be leading tours yearly in the UK! Enjoy my blog, and let me know if you'd like to travel with us!

Regency Wedding


Regency Spencer jacket

I was to attend a wedding with Regency period as a theme. It was wonderful with dances and all and finally I took the time to make a dress and a jacket for the period. This will come in handy as I also attend roleplaying games from time to time and Regency dance. Read more…

The Must-Have Book of 2018


Guide to 18th-Century Dressmaking

My book review of American Duchess’s Guide to 18th-Century Dressmaking! This really isn’t a small guidebook at all but a veritable encyclopedia of 18th-century sewing and fitting techniques, all beautifully illustrated with clear, full-color photos and sharp line drawings. You learn how to cut, drape, fit, and stitch gowns from 1740-1790, including an Italian Gown, which is the main option in my pattern. As an added bonus, there are instructions for accessories, including an apron, chemisette, hat, muff, and reticules. Read my full review! Read more…

A Really-Truly Princess Audio Book Giveaway!


A Really-Truly Princess

Amanda Kastner has been at it again, and the results this time have become a runaway hit in my household! First, she crowd-funded her adorably illustrated (and very well-written) book, A Really-Truly PrincessI bought the downloadable eBook and coloring book and eagerly await the arrival of the hardback copy in the mail. My little girls have fallen in love with the story and want me to read it to them over and over again. So I was absolutely delighted to find out Amanda has created an Audible audio book, read by a talented British actress! Read more…

Have you done Designin’ December?


Bodice details of the curtain dress

For Designin’ December, I thought I’d show the results of making my own dress from my new Ladies’ Classic 1950s Wardrobe pattern, as I am super pleased with how it turned out. I opted for the pointed collar and closed the front with a lapped zipper (I’ll be sharing that how-to on the blog in January). The fit is perfect and super easy for this nursing mama. I plan to make a bunch more to do some stash-busting and use up fabric that has been sitting much too long in my cupboards! Read more…