Regency Snow Queen



Mackenzie Sholtz


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Other Credits

Owen Greenleaf, main photographer, David Sholtz

Outline the story …

My inspiration for this year’s fairy tale theme is based on an illustration of the "Snow Queen" by Edmund Dulac which I have adored since childhood. The original set of seven stories was written by Hans Christian Andersen and published in 1844. While I remembered the story of the Mirror of Distortion which shattered and one shard entered the heart and the other the eye of a little boy named Kai and that his childhood playmate Gerda endured many trials to return him back to a normal boy, I did not remember many other details other than Gerda found him in the hall of the Snow Queen. Only the image of the Snow Queen sitting on a throne of ice in chilly shades of celadon greens lingered. I was fascinated by the sheerness of her clothes and her beautiful sparkly diadem. Her stare was compelling.

I originally planned on using both period correct fabrics and patterns from the 1790s. The studio fairies had other plans and hid the seafoam silk for the under dress. I had almost finished the sheer spencer. What to do?! In the rummaging for the silk, I came across the silver fabric that I had used for my daughter’s prom dress. Quick check on the internet found sparkly snowflake fabric and my entire idea had shifted from subdued to sparkly. The challenge then became hand sewing fabrics that were better off serged and keeping the bling to 1790s esthetics.

The fairies have not returned my fabric.

Outline the construction…

I am a garment industry trained pattern drafter. For the last 20 years I have worked with museums to document and draft original garments into full scale patterns for the home sewing market. I publish these patterns under the Fig Leaf Patterns® (FLP) name.

I reset the time period to the late 1790s to use historic patterns but non-period fabrics for outer wear. I wore period correct linen for the shift and corset (unseen). I wore FLP111 (shift), FLP207 (corset), FLP214 silver dress, FLP211 sheer snowflake bodiced petticoat, FLP218 sheer spencer, FLP217 sleeveless spencer with additional train. All garments are handsewn using period construction techniques.

Other than a trail of silver sparkles all over the house, the most challenging aspect was the construction of the silk organza long sleeve spencer. Copying a technique used in a muslin canezou I documented, I stitched twill tape along the armscyes and back seams in order to strengthen the fabric. I sewed french seams for the sleeves.

While waiting for the ordered fabric to appear, I constructed the silver dress. Once it arrived, I decided to use the green snowflake as an over dress instead of the outermost layer. I then decided to make the sleeveless spencer with train reversible with white snowflake on one side and silver eyelash on the other. Since these were synthetic textiles, raveling was an issue; I cut the fabrics with minimal seams which is in keeping with 1790s style. Luckily all the fabrics worked well together.




  1. Avatar Penny DiPalma on March 11, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    This is awesome! Talk about the past being reimagined with modern “fantasy” fabrics.
    Pity you couldn’t do a photo shoot in the snow!

  2. Avatar Susannah Eanes on March 11, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    How lovely, Mackenzie! It’s a testament to your creativity and mad skills that you were able to pull this off so beautifully!

  3. Avatar Sarah on March 11, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Absolutely stunning Mackenzie!!! Great story and the final result is superb. You pulled off a stunning achievement – of sewing, period work, and creative interpretation. HOOORAY!!

  4. Avatar Wendy on March 12, 2021 at 3:28 am

    I love the train!!!! You look fantastic and this is really gorgeous work. Every part is beautiful on its own and as a whole it is dramatic and fun. YAY111

  5. Avatar Jackie Jacobs on March 12, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    What a wonderful adventure! Great job in pulling ALL the pieces together to create a marvelous Snow Queen.

  6. Avatar J Peel Scott on March 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Just beautiful! The sparkly snowy fabric is perfect!

  7. Avatar Jocelyn Lofstrom on March 12, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    I love the aesthetic tension and play of the synthetic fabric with the 1790s construction. Magical creation!

  8. Avatar Adriana on March 12, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    I really like the pictures and the nice dress what I really appreciate is the story you write. So much passion… I think you should write a book so that other people can profit of your knowledge. Greetings from Italy

  9. Avatar Amanda on March 13, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Beautiful details, I love that so super dramatic cape!

  10. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 13, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Beautiful work! I love how grand and enchanting it looks.

  11. Avatar Anne on March 14, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Creativity is experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, and having fun. That’s exactly what you did. Awesome and inspiring.

  12. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 16, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Oh, I love this! I am smiling so much right now. I know you wanted to keep to more accurate materials and such initially but this is so fun and I am all about bending accuracy, especially for fictional characters! And so fun to learn that you are the maestra behind FLP– I just recently bought a Regency dress pattern from you to go with my Hamilton spencer. Small world!

  13. Avatar Katie Hernandez on March 17, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Wonderfully cut and fit. I love the lace that you chose. It definitely compliments the fabric well.

  14. Avatar Danielle Probst on March 27, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    This too is one of my favorite stories from childhood. I adore the Regency interpretation and the non HA fabric mix. So much fun to see them combined. You bested the fairies despite their efforts!

  15. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    I love the story of the Snow Queen! This is an amazing interpretation, and the era you decided to draw inspiration from

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