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The Girls’ Regency Dress is the perfect companion to the women’s pattern above and includes options for short sleeves, long sleeves, and undersleeves. There’s also an appendix that gives directions for making a “drawstring” look dress (shown in the last four photos).

  • Sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14 all included in one ePattern.
  • Illustrated instructions make construction easy!
  • Options for long sleeves, short sleeves, and undersleeves.
  • Photo Instructions online.
  • Click to download the Girls’ Regency Pattern Chart.
  • Available for instant download!
  • This pattern is rated intermediate, but I’ve had beginners make dresses with minimal assistance from an older seamstress.

The bodice for the girls’ pattern is straight (not gathered) across the front, and the skirt gathers all the way around (though you can create it with gathers across the back only if you prefer). The bodice back has the period correct dropped shoulder seams and curved side back seams. A wide ribbon around the waist gives the dress a darling “Kate Greenaway” look. You can follow the instructions in the appendix to create a cute, gathered slip-on version of the dress as well. The pattern is rated “intermediate” because of the lining and understitching, but it is actually easier to put together than the women’s pattern. Please note that this pattern is designed for girls who have not yet hit puberty. Girls who are already developing will need the women’s pattern (the size 6 is the next natural step up from this pattern). I am always available through the Contact Form if you have questions!

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31 comments on “Girls’ Regency Dress Pattern”

  1. I purchased your sweet Regency Girls Pattern through a download. I had no problems obtaining my pattern and it worked beautifully!
    Thank you for sharing your creativity and making your patterns available for our enjoyment!;0)
    BLessing to you and yours,

    • Thanks so much for the kind comment, Mrs. Lyn! I am delighted that you enjoyed using the ePattern. If you ever care to share photos, I’d love to see them!


  2. I have a girl who fits 9-12 month infant clothing. Does this pattern fit her size? I can’t find a xmas dress I like so I figure to make one of my own! (I have the women’s pattern!)

    • Hi, Claire! I’ve used the size 1 for my youngest daughter since she was 9 months old, and it fits fine. I just shorten the sleeves a tad, add tucks to the skirt (you can also just shorten it if you prefer), and if she is narrow through the chest, you can sew the buttons over farther to give a little more fit to the closure in back. That will do it!

  3. Hi there. These patterns look great – my daughter’s school is spending the entire school term revisiting the 1800s. She needs a dress that reflects the era – the regency dress looks great but I am a beginner at best and worry that I can’t pull it off. She will also need long sleeves as the weather in Australia is getting cold. Any advice?

  4. I teach Regency Period doll making to Latch Key Immigrant Girls and am President of our art council. I received a small grant to teach the girls ages 8-14 to make their regency dresses for the war of 1812 celebrations coming up. I would like a basic easy dress pattern for this age group but with draw string necks, bust, high waist and sleeves so multiple shaped girls can wear them over the years. The girls and I will make them but I will be custodian of the dresses each year so we have a closet of them. For dresses, notions, trims I have a 500.00 grant. I would like easy care cotton with colors/patterns of the regency era. where do i begin?? thanks. I have 15 girls. We will do self trim, if possible, like our 10 inch doll dresses.

    • Hi, Emily! What a wonderful, wonderful project! My mother and I made dolls together in the 1980s, and that’s when I really got hooked on historical costuming (in miniature at that time!). This girls’ pattern will work for your girls through age 10. It already has a “drawstring” option (given in the appendix). Since drawstrings are illegal in garments for children below age 12, I’ve included instructions for elastic instead. For the girls over size 10, you can use the drawstring gown option from the Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern. They will not need period underpinnings if they are under an “A” cup, so don’t worry about stays. I hope this helps, and have fun sewing with the girls!

  5. Hi Jennie! I’m in love with your patterns and website. Thanks so much for the Pink Monday sale! If it wasn’t for that sale popping up on my screen through a blog I subscribe to, I would’ve never known about your website. 🙂 I purchased the Regency gown patterns in the girls and doll to make matching gowns for my neices, and thought I’d practice first by making one as a holiday dress for my baby girl. I got the measurements of my oldest neice (she’s only age 8) and not even the chest measurement in the adult pattern is big enough? So now I’m confused. Her measurements top-to-bottom are 32, 32 1/2, 34 1/2 inches, and to make the length of the skirt 33-35 inches. How do I customize this? I saw your tip for adjusting pattern sizes, but I got lost (Oy! lol) Thanks so much! Once I’m finished with my little ones dress, I’ll be sure to share photos with you! 🙂

    • Hello, Jodi! Your niece fits into the women’s size 10 in the chest, but she still has a child’s proportions, as her waist is nearly the same as her chest size, and her hips are only slightly larger. So she still needs the girls’-style pattern but with the larger measurements. She would fit a girls’ size 14. I’ve finished editing this pattern to go up to size 14, but it has to go back to America to be scanned at my printer, since there are no digital scanners in Kenya! I hope to have it scanned by the end of December. In the meantime, I can assure you that sizing up is not as hard as it looks at first blush! If you’ll trace off the size 10 bodice and sleeve pieces and go step by step, you’ll do fine. And I am always happy to help if you have any questions! Sometimes we all need a little hand-holding. 😉 So glad you enjoyed my site, and have fun sewing!

  6. My daughter seems to fit the size 14 girls, except she needs more room in the tummy. Could I add more fabric around the waist and more gathers and still use the girl’s pattern?

    • Hi, Angela! The most important measurement is around the chest, as the dress doesn’t hit the natural waist/tummy. But if you find she needs more room in the skirt, you can definitely cut it wider for more gathers. The girls’ pattern is intended for little gals who haven’t hit puberty yet, so no need to move to the ladies’ pattern until she starts to develop. Hope this helps!

  7. Hi Jenny! I’m [a beginner] working on a size 6 girls regency dress and I’m hoping to tackle the sleeves (Step 2) next but I’m a little/lot confused! Which side attaches to the shoulder/armhole? The side that is a bigger hump (for lack of the proper term)? I’m also stuck on the sleeveband and I can’t see it in the pictures. I have two sleevebands since the fabric was folded when cut. Do I use both? I’m really stumped on this part!
    Thanks for you help and hope that England is/was lovely!

  8. Hi! I’m thinking about using your pattern for some costumes to sell. Up until now I’ve only done adult sizes and have no concept of children’s sizing. Do you have a general age range for each size?

    • Hi, Jillian!

      The size number on children’s patterns is supposed to correspond roughly to age (so size 8 for age 8), but children don’t tend to average out any more than adults do, I’ve found. One of my daughters needs the 6 in the bodice but the 8 in length, for instance.

      The best thing to do is just make the standard sizes, then list the exact measurements for each size when you sell the dresses. That way moms can see what they’re getting. You can also add a ribbon sash to the empire waist, which pulls in any fullness if the bodice is a wee bit too big but the length just right.

      Hope this helps!


  9. Dear Jennie,
    I’m starting to sew up this lovely pattern as a “Wendy” costume for my daughter in an organic cotton sateen. My husband will be Captain Hook, and I am going to attempt Peter Pan.

    My question is: what is the seam allowance? I can’t seem to find it on the epattern.

    Many thanks,


    • Hi, Sabrina! The seam allowance is in the Notes on the yardage chart and at the bottom of the front page of the instructions. The Girls’ Regency Dress has a 5/8″ allowance. You are all going to look amazing! Would love to see photos if you care to share!

  10. Hi,
    I am a great reader of almost exclusively 19th century and 18th century literature. i am attending a Jane Austen tea and want to go in period costume. I am a very petite (4’8″, 85lbs) lady with no bust do to double mastectomy years ago. I don’t tend to wear ‘falsies’ as I find them uncomfortable. I see you have a ‘drawstring’ effect available for the bodice and figure that will work nicely for a ‘pretend bust’ (!). It appears for women, the gather should be mostly in the back with a slight rise to create a false bustle look. Is that correct? I think your patterns are terrific and I am looking forward to trying one. Thanks so much!

    • Hi, Janice! You can definitely use the Size 14 girls’ pattern and use the “drawstring” option (which is actually elasticated) to give the nicer ruched look to the bodice front. With the elastic option, the skirt will have light gathers in front, but the majority are in back, as was correct for most of the time period. Happy sewing, and enjoy that lovely Austen event!

  11. Hi, I am confused on how to make the 1.5 in bias for the neckline of the drawstring girls dress. I have lots of extra fabric, can I just cut one long strip? I don’t understand if those angles sewed together make a better bias strip?

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