Does your doll pretend to live in colonial times? Do you need to make her some new dress-up clothes? Fashioned by Rebecca's Colonial Elegance captures the style of the late 1770′s perfectly!
The Colonial Elegance PDF Dress Pattern from Fashioned by Rebecca designed to fit 18 inch dolls such as American Girl® was inspired by the colonial fashion era. The pattern has been updated and the pieces have been "tweaked" for a better fit and a more enjoyable sewing experience.
The pattern is for a two piece ensemble, consisting of the lined bodice and the fully lined skirt. The first piece, the bodice is lined for a professional looking finish. It has ten tiny eyelets and a criss-crossing ribbon tie. The ruffle on the collar and sleeves are gathered. The top bodice closes in the back with hook and loop tape. The second piece is the skirt: it is gathered all around. Encased in the skirt waistband is elastic, making it easy to put on your doll.
Please note that this sewing pattern is not historically correct.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Knowledge of sewing straight seams, sewing curves, and gathering/pleating required. Some hand sewing is required to finish the dress.
What You Get: One 18 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides 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!
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This pattern was revised and updated July 2020. I have loved the look of the pattern since it was released 7 years ago! I loved the look of the striped floral used on the original release. But, during the Covid Era, I am sewing from my stash of fabrics and trims. Look how a change in fabric completely changes the look. I concentrated the skirt gathers on the sides to accommodate Felicity's hip hoops, and lessened the center front gathers so the front bodice point would fall flat. Great fit on both Pleasant Company and Slim Mattel dolls because you can adjust the fit with the laced front. Beautiful inside and out.
I have mixed reviews on this pattern. For the most part, I absolutely love this pattern and have used it four times already. The simple grace of the design makes for a sweet, classic look. I actually don't have an American Girl doll; I have a Kidz n Cats doll and only had one small adjustment I had to make for this pattern to fit her...from the underarm seam to the waist of the top, I drew and cut an angled line, starting at an 1/8" at the underarm to a full 1" at the waist. Otherwise, this pattern fit my Kidz n Cats doll perfectly. I love how the front of the top is created for the use of grommets for the criss-crossing ties...a very finished look. My only complaints are: 1.) why do the instructions have you cut the skirt lining an inch shorter than the main skirt? 2.) I chose to not have the skirt be a circle before attaching it to the waistband; I sewed up the back seam once the waistband was attached. 3.) I made the waistband pattern just one piece, an inch longer than my doll's waist, and did not insert any elastic because I made the waistband close in back with a snap. 4.) I shortened the width of the skirt to 16" because, at the original 18", I could not get the gathers tight enough to fit the new waistband pattern.
The final product is quite beautiful. Because of the design of the pattern, the inside of the garment is almost totally lined and free of seam edges. The directions are explicit and user friendly. My only issue is I think the dimensions on the length of the skirt are at least 3/4 inch too long. Since the skirt is lined, it can’t be shortened at the hem line. I suggest you check the length before attaching the waistband. In short, I would highly recommend this pattern as it turns ordinary sewing skills into professional like results.