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Ladies’ Classic 1950s Wardrobe Pattern

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Ladies' Classic 1950s Wardobe pencil skirt and blouse with peplum

I’ve pulled together my favorite design elements from this decade–the full skirt and the demurely tailored pencil skirt; the fitted bodice and tailored sleeves; the curvy collar and the wide pointed collar; the detachable peplum and the removable dickie. You can mix and match to your heart’s content and create an entire closet full of flattering outfits that take you from relaxing on the patio in cool gingham to stepping out in sophisticated glamour with all the stops pulled out. Thanks to the inspiration of customer Denise B., I’ve also added a brand new set of instructions for a breathtaking petticoat a lá Alice Lon!

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Rebecca’s Regency Nightgown

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Girls' Regency Nightgown Closeup

My 10 year old daughter requested a long-sleeved flannel nightgown, so the search began! I was aghast at the cost of a ready-made flannel gown, so I started the search for an appropriate pattern.

I am NOT a highly experienced sewer, but I was willing to give this a try! After communicating with Jennie (who provided incredibly kind encouragement), I felt confident I could complete this project utilizing the Girls’ Regency Gown Pattern.

All I can say is “WOW!” The process of printing, piecing & cutting this pattern was so incredibly easy. The dress came together like a dream. Read more…

Stitching Up the Lilly Rose Pattern

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Lilly Rose Pattern

My friend Lorna McKenzie of The Tailor’s Apprentice asked me in 2011 to review the Lilly Rose pattern she was developing from an original 1940s design. Unfortunately, I had just moved to Kenya and was expecting a new baby at the time, so I never did get around to sewing the dress. But I can’t stand leaving a project undone, so five years later (!!!) I asked Lorna if I could still stitch up the pattern and provide feedback. She graciously sent me a review copy, and I got started! Read more…

Make an Apron-Front Regency Gown! (Part Two)

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Bodice and sleeve

After finishing the bodice base, it was time to make the sleeves. Because this material is so thin and delicate, I chose to make full long sleeves with short oversleeves instead of using removable under sleeves. The fantastic border of this beautiful sari fabric provided me with an instant border for the long sleeve hems and the sleeve bands of the short sleeves. Read more…

Make an Apron-Front Regency Gown! (Part One)

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Cathy Hay and Jennie Chancey in Bath, 2015

I decided last August to make a new apron-front gown, basing it upon several gowns I’ve handled in person, plus an extant garment in the National Museum of Australia that I found online with detailed photographs.

This time, I’ve used my Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern as the base, since it has no back opening to begin with and features the more fitted long sleeves I planned to use for my undersleeves and the short, puffed ballgown sleeves I’d use as the over sleeves. Read more…