This pattern by Genniewren Designs, is an 18" doll-sized recreation of the Naval Commander's full dress uniform worn by Prince Charles on his wedding day back in 1981.
The pattern includes a frock coat with a cutaway front skirt, slim-fitting military style pants, and several accessories: a ribbon sash, white gloves, a belt, aiguillettes and a sword. Two styles of gloves have been included to fit most shapes of doll hands. The uniform look is completed with a navy and white cap, made from the Military Style Cover pattern which is published separately.
The fully lined frock coat has a slightly extended shoulder line supported with shoulder pads, contrast epaulettes and a contrast collar. It features an asymmetric front fastened with snaps. The coat back bodice is sewn in three parts for a traditionally tailored look. The coat skirt is pleated and vented at the center back and has mock pocket flaps at the side back. Shiny brass buttons provide the military flair required for a prince's uniform.
The matching belt features two lines of gold braid, and a large shiny button used as a decorative buckle. The sword is attached to the belt using gold braid and cords.
The slim-fitting pants are military style with a faced waist instead of a separate waistband, a front fastening fly front, and gold braid on the side seams. The fit is enhanced by darts at the back waist.
The sash is made from ribbon and features a bow and a small medallion. The medals are created from ribbon and sequins or stamp tags.
The aiguillettes are made from two different sizes of gold cord, and the conical aiguille ends are created out of gold foil.
The sword is crafted from wood, flexible plastic, wire, beads, foil and vinyl or felt and features gold braid to represent the figured molding on the scabbard.
This pattern includes hand embroidery designs for the wings and the two patches on the front of the coat. A set of machine embroidery designs for these is also available.
Information is included to help with sourcing trims and other supplies needed to complete the items in the pattern.
Recommended Fabrics: The coat and pants should be made from medium weight woven fabric such as cotton drill (the fabric used for aprons) or lightweight woolen fabric. The gloves are designed for four-way stretch lycra dancewear fabric.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
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This pattern is very detailed and gives you an excellent reproduction of Prince Charles uniform. It could also be used to recreate Prince William or Prince Harry’s uniforms. I’ve seen it used to make a fantasy Princes uniform as well. The Uniform also gives instructions on making the belt, the sword, the embroidered medallions and the cording. It looks difficult, but each part is broken down and the steps are very clear. If you left off some of the “bling,” it would be even easier.
This is one impressive pattern. It has so many elements, yet it is presented with easy to follow straightforward instructions. The designer walks you through how to construct each piece, including making your own sword and scabbard. I couldn't believe I was able to do this and have it come out looking so good. This pattern is honestly worthwhile and you will end up with either a prince outfit anyone would be happy to play with or a truly display-worthy piece.