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Katie’s 1780s Easter Dress

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This was my first experience with Jennie’s GORGEOUS patterns! I love the easy, common-sense instructions, the appendices and the history included. My 8yr old’s gorgeous Easter dress is my favorite project I’ve ever made. I’m already in progress with two other Georgian patterns for he,r and I cannot wait to fill her closet (and maybe mine) with these beautiful dresses! Read more…

Claudia’s Regency Drawstring Gown

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I made this dress based on the drawstring pattern, size 20 . I am Dutch and in European terms it would be a size 46. Although I made a judgment error (double layered the bodice, and the two fabrics combined are too stiff), I am still quite pleased with the result. The colors are a bit ‘serious’ for the period, however, I fell in love with the fabrics and simply had to use them. Read more…

Rebecca’s Regency Ensemble

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This is my new Spencer, which I’m wearing with the Regency gown. The Spencer is made of a polished cotton that has a black-on-black floral print. I think it almost passes for a silk taffetta. Almost. I’m especially pleased with the way the pleated frill at the neckline and cuffs turned out. Whenever I watch period dramas, it always seems to me that it’s the little individualistic details that make the best costumes stand out, and I’m determined to be as inventive as I can in my own projects. Read more…

Lyra’s 1780s Girls’ Dress

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I made this dress out of this beautiful blue taffeta and white cotton lace for my then-eight-year-old niece to wear to a formal wedding. Because of her age and size, finding formal off the rack clothes for her was a nightmare. Nothing we found in the stores was suitable. I took matters into my own hands and offered to sew her dress, and my niece was ecstatic. Read more…

Lea-anne’s Crossover Gown

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This is my second gown from the Elegant Lady’s Closet. I bought a wonderful Indian Ikat weave fabric from Ebay and it suited the style perfectly. Next time I may make the sleeves a little wider and longer, but it turned out so much nicer than my first dress which was a round neck. I think the V neckline is more flattering to well-endowed ladies. I am also wearing my very comfortable Regency stays underneath, but I can’t show you that! The hardest part is simply finding the right sort of fabric for these dresses. Read more…

Kent House Museum Dresses

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I’d just begun to really sew when I was approached about making twenty dresses for a local museum’s summer camp for girls. I made it a challenge to myself and in two months made all of these dresses. Thank you for the pattern and the wonderful forum. I’m now making new dresses for some of the tour guides. ~ Tia P. Read more…

Casey’s Swing Dress Sew-Along

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Jennie’s Note: The lovely Casey Maura created this Sew-Along tutorial for my Swing Dress pattern in 2011. I asked her later if I could repost it in its entirety (in a single post instead of 13) on my site, and she was kind enough to send me the text with accompanying photos. Nearly four years went […] Read more…