1850s Promenade 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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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.

Supplies Needed:

Fabric View A -

  • 1 -1/4 yard 45-inch fabric OR 1 yard 60-inch fabric -Dress
  • 1/3 yard Muslin or lightweight cotton -Underskirt
  • 1/4 yard Lining fabric or lightweight remnant -Bodice Lining
  • 1/8 yard lightweight woven fabric that matches skirt - Fabric Strips on Underskirt
  • 1/4 yard Sheer fabric or netting remnant -Bodice Overlay (Optional)
  • Lace, Bias, or Trim to edge all skirt tiers and neckline-see below (Optional)
  • 3 Tier Dress - 6 yards
  • 4 Tier Dress - 9 1/2 yards

Fabric View B -

  • 3/4 yard fabric - Dress
  • 1/3 yard fabric - Skirt Overlay (Optional)
  • 2 yards Lace, Bias, or Trim to edge skirt and neckline

Sash -

  • 1/4 yard fabric
  • Interfacing remnant


  • 1/4 yard fabric
  • 1-1/4 yards trim (Optional)


  • Matching Thread
  • Desired closure (hook & loop tape, snaps, etc)
  • Handmade Bias Tape- (Optional)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 yard fabric (Cotton and poly wovens, batiste, etc)

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.

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