On Friday (May 5th, 2017) we will offer a pattern from Shari Fuller of Thimbles and Acorns for free as a special one-day only event. We'd love to have you vote to help us decide which pattern will win, then be sure to come back Friday to get your free copy.
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The Hunting Frock Designed To Fit 18 Inch Dolls Such Contemporary Doll Locan From American Girl®: This two piece outfit had its origins in the back country beyond the Blue Ridge Mountain in the early 18th century. A unique combination of European and Native American dress, it became an indispensible garment among the men who made their living hunting and trapping for the European market. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, it was adopted as the first uniform of the Continental Army, giving the American troops a distinctive and unifying appearance. The Hunting Frock features a double cape and a skeeve with either a gathered or straight wrist. It wraps around the body and closes with one button at the neckline and a sash at the waist that can be made with an unfinished strip of cloth or woven ribbon. The breeches have a drawstring waist with a loose fitting seat. Both pieces are trimmed with a self-fabric fringe, gving it a distinctive American Frontier look. This PDF sewing pattern is sized to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl® and other similarly sized dolls. Recommended Fabrics: Frock and Breeches in medium weight linen, cotton muslin, or chamois cloth (wash and press new chamois cloth before using to smooth out the nap so it will be less likely to attract dirt). Not suitable for knits.
The Civil War Shirt Designed To Fit 18 Inch Dolls Such A Contemporary Doll Logan from American Girl®: Shirts worn during the Civil War were basically the same as shirts that had been worn for centuries. This practical Square Cut pattern style wasted very little fabric and only required fitting at the neckline and wrists. Until the 1800s, shirts were considered undergarments and were not worn in public without a vest or jacket. The addition of the bib front by firefighters in the early 1800s, however, sparked it's move from undergarment to outergarment. This shirt pattern includes instrutions for both the plain front and bib front shirt. Historically, these shirts were made with half-placket openings, but to make it easier for dressing dolls with larger scale heads, there is also a full placket option. The cut of the pattern is in the traditional Square cut pattern. Instead of full gussets, however, this pattern uses half gussets, making it easier to sew. The shirt is made with working buttons, along the front and snaps with decorative buttons at the neckline and wrists to make fastening easier. Snaps or hook and loop tape with decorative buttons can be used along the front if preferred. Wearing a shirt without neckwear was considered indecent, so we have also included instructions for making and tying a simple cravat. This PDF sewing pattern is sized to fit American Girl® and other similarly sized dolls.
The Civil War Kepi Hat Designed To Fit 18 Inch Dolls Such As Contemporary Doll Logan from American Girl®: This kepi hat is based on the original Civil War Era design and features the distinctive sloping crown and working chin strap. Make it in a solid blue or gray or change up the colors for specific army branches or regiments. Color suggestions are included with the instructions. The PDF sewing pattern is sized to fit American Girl® and other similarly sized dolls. Recommended Fabrics: Crown in medium weight wool, wool blend, cotton twill, or linen. Not suitable for knits. Crown Lining in light weight cotton, silk, or polyester lining. Not suitable for knits. Brim and Straps in jacket weight leather, faux suede, faux leather, or medium weight canvas. Not suitable for knits. Trim in lightweight cotton, silk, or polyester. Not suitable for knits.
The Coonskin Cap Designed To Fit 18 Inch Dolls Such As Contemporary Doll Logan From American Girl®: This iconic cap originated as a traditional Native American garment that was adopted by European trappers and frontiersmen. Oddly enough, the hat was never very popular because most colonists saw it as too uncivilized. Even the most famous frontiersman of the day, Daniel Boone, preferred to wear a wide brimmed felt hat. The heyday of the coonskin cap didn't actually come until the 1950s, when Walt Disney ran it's television series "Davy Crockett" immortalizing the folk hero in a coonskin cap.
This simple pattern is made with three pieces and requires no additional trims. A great beginners project and the ideal finish to any 1950s outfit in which you want to capture the spirit of the day. This PDF sewing pattern is sized to fit American Girl® and other similarly sized dolls. Recommended Fabrics: Hat and Tail in fake fur or real fur. Lining in light weight cotton, silk, or polyester lining.
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