18th-century dress is renowned for its opulence. The skill of tailors and dressmakers had developed to such an extent that clothing styles were lavished with attention to detail and ornament. From the beginning to the middle of the century, women's clothing became larger and more laden with decoration. Wealthy women wore dresses made of brightly colored silk woven with bold floral and striped designs.
Pattern includes photographic sewing instructions to make the Peonies dress and Under-Skirt and all pattern components come in two sizes:
~ Sized to fit 18 inch dolls such as American Girl® and
~ Sized to fit the slim Carpatina Dolls or Magic Attic
Recommended Fabrics: Silk, Satin, Printed cotton
- 1/2 yard main fabric
- 1/4 yard lining
- 15" fabric for skirt
- 4 Snaps or buttons for closure
- Matching thread
- Optional hat and flower decorations for hat
Skill Level: Intermediate
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I actually purchased this pattern from Carpatina directly because I wanted to order the reproduction material that they had to make this outfit for dolls. I found the pattern to be easy except the part where I had to slope the skirt from short to long to make it look longer in the back of the doll. I created this historical gown for my niece who was 20 last year for Christmas and she just about died when I presented it to her on her Magic Attic doll Heather. I used the Carpatina slim doll pattern to sew for her doll and eventually I will make a American Girl sized pattern gown for my dolls here at home. I created a crocheted snoop to put Lydia's Heather doll's hair up with a ribbon instead of an elastic because over time, in Colorado elastic stretches out and dries out. So picture this in your mind, I made this outfit with salmon colored buttons on the bodice and sewed a light yellow satin underskirt and purchased a flat straw hat from Thimbles and Acorn to place on top of her head, tilted and glued pink peonies onto the top of it. My creation looked exactly like the photo from Carpatina. Lydia told me she never wants to take her costume off ever. I also purchased a pair of cream colored high top victorian boots with buttons on the side with cream tights for underneath. Heather (The Magic Attic Doll) really looked so realistic. I encourage everyone to try Carpatina's patterns for a Historical look for your dolls.
I actually purchased this pattern directly from Carpatina and purchased the Peonies fabric that they had reproduced for this occasion myself and I was so surprised on how realistic it looked. I sewed this pattern, with the fabric for a Magic Attic Doll (Heather) for my niece Lydia last Christmas. I sewed the dress, with a yellow underskirt in satin, added buttons of salmon on the outside, crocheted a light pink snood to hold up Heather's hair underneath the straw hat that I purchased from Thimbles and Acorns on Ebay or Etsy, glued the peonies that I purchased separately on top and used a hat pin to keep it in place. I presented it to my Lydia who is not a little girl, but a 20 year old young woman and still loves me to sew for her doll, and she just about fell over with love and excitement. I found the pattern to be a bit tricky where it came to angling the skirt back at the bottom. I finally used a ruler and figured it out to make a slope level to make the back of the skirt longer than the front area. I think that was the only part that was tricky for me, otherwise it was a delight to sew for the Magic Attic doll. It brought out her beautiful coloring in her cheeks and eyes and my niece said she loved it so much she didn't want to take it off of her doll, ever. We both love Historical costuming on dolls. I do complicated fashions for her doll since she loves History and because she appreciates my sewing abilities. I need to plan to sew something for her Heather this year to surprise Lydia. Maybe the Brunswick jacket and skirt? Possibility? Easy to follow instructions, make sure you read it thoroughly before hand and understand how to put it together before cutting nice fabric. Use muslin if you must and understand how it is suppose to be put together. I recommend all of Carpatina sewing patterns because they are Historically accurate and look so nice and professional when completed. You won't regret it.