1774 Colonial Elegance Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The Colonial Elegance PDF Dress Pattern from Fashioned by Rebecca designed to fit 18 inch dolls such as American Girl® captures the style of the late 1770′s perfectly!

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 a pleated gather. This top bodice closes in the back with hook and loop tape. The second piece is the skirt-it is gathered all around but the front belt lies flat against the waist, the back part has elastic (this makes it easy to put on).

Supplies Needed:
-5/8 yard each main fabric and lining fabric (woven cotton)
-1/4 yard contrast fabric
-1/4" wide elastic
-1/8" eyelets (10x) and an eyelet setter
-1/8" wide ribbon
-hook and loop tape and thread 

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 16 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! 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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Peggy Q.
United States United States

1774 Colonial Elegance Dress

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.

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Charlotte N.
United States

1774 Colonial Elegance

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.

jackie k.
United States

love it!!!

good pattern easy to follow made small mod. for customer she and I both love it. thank you for all the patterns

Elizabeth R.
United States

Love it!

Love the easy to follow detailed instructions and great photo/drawings to aid in construction.

Mary H.
United States

Colonial elegance for Felicity

I made the top of this outfit for my Felicity. It was easy to ake and I am pleased with the result. It really looks like something a young girl would wear but mich nicer than the brand name clothes. I used a petticoat pattern for the skirt. I wish I could add a picture!

Mary H. verified customer review of 1774 Colonial Elegance Dress 18 Doll Clothes Pattern