1830's Sarah Hale Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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This 1830s dress by Thimbles and Acorns features a crossed pleated bodice that is set in a narrow waistband. Fitted upper sleeves drop gracefully from the fashionably low shoulderlines. A full lower sleeve spills from the pleated edging of the upper sleeve and fastens at the wrist with a snapped cuff. The full skirt is pleated at the front and gathered in the back. The dress closes in the back with three buttons along the bodice and a snap at the waistband.

Our 1830-01 Gigot Sleeve Dress and 1830-02 Sarah Hale Dress patterns are part of our Designables series which means you can mix and match the sleeves, bodices, and skirts to create your own uniquely styled dress. Watch for Pattern 1830-03 Beret Sleeve Dress pattern to add even more options to your design palette.

This PDF pattern is sized to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl® and other similarly sized dolls.  This pattern is also available for 16" A Girl For All Time® dolls.

Recommended Fabrics: Dress and Lining in lightweight to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits.

Supplies Needed:
Dress ~ 2/3 yard (2/3 m)
Lining ~ 8-inch by 20-inch (20 cm by 50 cm) piece

Note: Fabric amounts are generous; most items can be cut from leftover pieces of fabric.

Thread. 2 yards trim for skirt and waist, 18-inches 1/2-inch (12 mm) wide trim for neckline; For dress with snap closures ~ five small snaps, one large snap; For dress with button closures, two small snaps, one large snap, two 1/4-inch (6 mm) buttons for the sleeves, and three 3/8-inch buttons for the back.


Skill Level: Intermediate

What You Get: One 25 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides digitally drawn 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.
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This dress definitely wasn't one of the easier things I've made, but it was well worth the effort (and the extra poofy petticoat I made to wear underneath). I made this dress up in red, white, and blue for a "Red, white, and beautiful" contest and nobody could believe I'd made it! (Won, too, for the record.) So pretty, I used a heavier cotton sateen for the bulk of the dress and a lighter weight cotton for the sleeve poofies. For maximum 1830s glam, add a ribbon belt with a sparkly buckle!

Pixie Faire 1830's Sarah Hale Dress 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review

Love at first sight

The moment I saw this dress, I saw possibilities, especially for the bodice. The pattern was well done and easy to follow. I found it pretty easy to alter the pattern to add contrasting stripes to the bodice but I am an experienced sewer. The first one is for my niece but I plan on doing several more.

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Terrific dress!

I love the historical details on this dress! It is an involved pattern but the result is worth it. Pay attention to the pictures and written directions and it will turn out well.


Lovely Dress

This is a lovely dress. I did have problems with the bodice on the first one. One the second one, I allowed a little more fabric. Overall I am pleased with the result.


Wish there were photos

This is a complicated pattern and some steps are glossed over without any illustration. We wish that all of this designer's patterns came with photographs instead of illustrations. The drawings just do not provide the clarity needed to get the desired result. Very disappointing for expensive (for us) patterns.