Georgian

The Must-Have Book of 2018

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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…

Waverly’s 1780s Portrait Dress

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Hello, Jennie, My daughter made the 1780’s Girl’s Portrait Dress and loves it. She’ll be wearing it to her piano recital later this year. (Her name is Waverley, and she’s 10.)  I just realized you have a Show and Tell section. That’s really neat to see others who worked on the same pattern and to […] Read more…

Kathryn’s First Communion Dress (1780s)

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Hello from Wiltshire, UK. I have sewn mostly soft furnishings for the past 10+ years, but despite this I really wanted to make my daughter’s First Holy Communion dress. I first found the Portrait Dress via Pinterest and then tracked down Sense & Sensibility patterns. Reading the blog and seeing other people’s creations on ‘Show […] Read more…

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…

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…

Let’s Make Colonial Costumes for Girls!

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Out of all the patterns I’ve designed in the past 18 years, the Girls’ 1780s Portrait Dress pattern is, hands down, my own daughters’ very favorite. I’ve made them so many dress-up dresses from this pattern in toiles and stripes and prints, and they want new ones as soon as they outgrow them! But this year, both girls asked if I could make dresses that looked more like something “Felicity” (the now retired–sigh–American Girl doll) would wear. Read more…

Cecilia’s 1780s Gown

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Dear Jennie, For my new gown I have used your new 1780’s pattern and I was very pleased with it. It was a joy to work with as all your patterns! I have adopted it a bit as I wanted a round gown, so I have changed the front into an apron front. I used […] Read more…