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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Details Make a Difference

Quiet moments spent with sewing in hand, can relax the body as well as the mind.
A sense of accomplishment is often the reward after many days, weeks, or months
spent in this quiet activity.

One of my favorite dress patterns is Sense and Sensibiliy's Regency Dress. I love the old classic styling in this design. It's princess seams are flattering to most people, and the diagonal dropped back shoulder seam is quite elegant. Shown here is the bodice back with skirt.

The teeny little tucks at the center back are slimming as well as beautiful. They add something special to the flow of the dress as you walk. If you make this pattern according to the directions, the center of the skirt back is actually quite a bit longer that the rest of the skirt. It is meant to flow agains the ground.

The pattern converts well for nursing purposes. Here's the tiny covered button that holds the flap in place.

See what's hidden underneath!

Here is a sweet detail from another very simple dress. Do you ever collect little pearl buttons only to find you don't have enough for an application? Try mixing them in some pleasing pattern.


Sarah Jane Meister said...

Your dresses are exquisite. I love the nursing access in your regency gown!


Melissa said...

My daughter and I love your site. We would love this dress pattern to make this dress. Do you have the pattern number?

Sharon said...

Hi Melissa,

Thank you for your sweet comment! The first dress was from Sense and Sensibility Patterns. Go to It is the Regency pattern. You can get nearly the same pattern from Simplicity patterns. Just look in the costume section. The simplicity pattern does not have the same skirt back as the S&S pattern though which.
The second dress was a pattern traced from a "store bought" dress. The dress is a simple loose bodice that is straight and short in the waist. I suggest tucking a rectangular piece of cloth the way you want it to be, and then lay your pattern piece over the top of it, centering your tucking just right, and then cutting the bodice front out.
Does that help?