1865 Cape Island Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Sew your own version of this iconic 1860s girls dress from the collection of the Wisconsin Historical Museum. This PDF pattern features short sleeves set-in raglan style and a wide shallow scooped neck with a narrow yoke emphasizing the neckline. Calf-length skirt is pleated or gathered to a wide self-fabric waistband. View A has pleated bodice and skirt, puffed sleeves with fitted cuffs, and soutache braid trim. View B has gathered bodice and skirt with pintuck detailing.

Recommended Fabrics:  quilting cotton, poplin, or linen

Supplies Needed:
-Dress: 3/4 yard medium-weight woven fabric such as quilting cotton, poplin, or linen.
-Lining: Scrap of lightweight woven cotton such as Imperial batiste.
-Notions: Coordinating thread, 2 - 3/8" buttons, 2 sew-on snaps, scrap of lightweight fusible interfacing; View A: 5 yards 1/8" soutache braid

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 27 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides digitally drawn 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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1865 Cape Island dress

A wonderful dress. Have to work your the nerve to use the braid but I love this dress. Have done both the pleated and gathered versions. Perfect instructions and great fit.


Lovely Dress

I wasn't brave enough to try the soutache-trimmed version yet. I made the version with the tucks and it came out beautifully. The instructions were clear, the "in the details" instructions were appreciated also. The skirt has a lovely poofy bell shape that is very feminine, like the low scoop neckline. My only suggestion is that: I had to undo one row of tucks in the waistband to be able to manage the bulk of the skirt gathers. sometimes those 1/4" seams just aren't enough! so, I have three rows instead of the four and I think it looks great. I will be making this again.

Lori R.
United States

Beautiful dress

The pattern for this dress was very detailed and precise giving suggestions on how to sew the trim. The dress turned out perfect on the first attempt. I will be making more of this popular sought-after reproduction of Addy's Cape Island dress.

Pixie Faire 1865 Cape Island Dress 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review

Poor quality directions

This dress is very cute and made up beautifully. However, the directions were quite unclear in several areas, so this took much more study and time than it should have. I would not recommend this pattern.


1865 Cape Island Dress

So so beautiful! I made the "view B" option (the blue dress shown in the picture) and it turned out lovely. The instructions were great and it fits the doll perfectly. I love the fashion of this time period. I haven't made the "view A" option yet, but definitely plan to.