The perfect gown for a stroll down the lane, by Dollhouse Designs. Includes 2 Ball Gown Dress styles in tea or ankle length, 2 styles of sash, and a shawl. Dresses View A has a 3- or 4-tiered skirt while View B has a straight gathered skirt. Choose Basque V waist or straight.
Promenade was designed in the charming spirit of the early Victorian years. From the dropped shoulders and princess seams to the basque waist and tea length or longer hem, these dresses were created to echo fashions of more than 150 years ago. With long full skirts and specially detailed sleeves, this design is something special for your dolls. They make excellent formal dresses for modern girls as well.
To “promenade” was to stroll at a leisurely pace in a social setting, usually at a park or picturesque walkway. Wearing one’s best, families & couples greeted passersby while taking the fresh air, mixing formality with relaxation. The promenade at a formal ball was a march of sorts, with the guests streaming into the ballroom to begin the festivities and to see and be seen. Every year, high schools continue this notable celebration, holding formal dances known as “proms”.
This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.
Recommended Fabrics: Lightweight cotton wovens, cotton blends (calico, lawn, batiste, etc); silky solids, silk, satin. Fashion fabric may be used for lining if both are very lightweight.
Fabric View A -
Fabric View B -
Skill Level: Advanced
What You Get: One 73 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! This pattern comes with a 5 page summary of instructions to help you save on printer ink. The PDF sewing pattern provides full-color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full-size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
You just can't beat the Civil War Era for eye-catching dresses. I knew I would need patience to make the four-tiered skirt, but the tiny 1850s lined bodice with embellished sleeves challenged me as well. I'm grateful that Dollhouse Designs sanctioned a velcro closing. I sometimes feel I'm cheating when I use this practical, neat alternative. I'll use this pattern again!
This dress took many more hours to complete than I originally anticipated, but I enjoyed the whole process. Directions were thorough and photos really helped with understanding the construction. (The only instruction I missed was that the armhole seams should be pressed toward the bodice in order to be tucked under the bodice lining). Fortunately my granddaughter has more dolls now who would like dresses of their own.
super pattern easy to understand directions
I was honored to test the new version of this pattern, although it has been a favorite of mine for years! It made up into an elegant gown, perfect for the lace overlay from my 40 year-old wedding gown. I have also made the version with ruffles, and both are a big hit with my customers. Thanks again for a wonderful design and for allowing me to test this this pattern for you. I look forward to the next one. Your talent is amazing! The instructions are clearly written and the visuals are above and beyond what is needed to make this gown that will be treasured for years to come!