Gigot Sleeve Dress 18" Doll Clothes

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The freedom and liberty fought for in the American and French Revolutions fanned the embers of the Industrial Revolution where innovations in textile production, steam power, and iron making led the way to changes in industry that would influence almost every aspect of daily life throughout the 19th century. After the fall of the elite class during the French Revolution, the average income and population experienced unprecedented growth which lead to the formation of middle class society which would rise up as the new leading force. As the economy grew and the cost of goods decreased, this new middle class was able to enjoy many of the finer things in life once out of their reach. The plain flowing dress styles that had marked the early Regency period gave way to more and more elaborate fashions that would come into full bloom by the 1930s. As the end of the Regency Era drew near, dresses of the middle class mirrored the extravagance of the 18th century aristocrat. The prevalent trend of Romanticism from the 1820s through the 1840s inspired a new demure and picturesque dress silhouette with natural waistlines, sloped shoulders, large puffed sleeves, and full skirts. At least a dozen different sleeve patterns with romantic names such as Cavalier, Donna Maria, Sultan, Medici, and Gigot emerged. As the fashion trend progressed, sleeves grew so large that they often used almost as much fabric as the skirt, and required some sort of structured support to maintain their shape. Critics of the exaggerated proportions often compared women to ants and bottle spiders. When Queen Victoria took the throne in 1837, however, the enormous sleeves began to deflate as the young queen brought with her an air of propriety and morality that would be reflected in the dress of the Victorian Era. As the Industrial Revolution continued through the rest of the century, extravagance continued, but in a much more restrained manner.

This 1830s era dress pattern by Thimbles and Acorns  features full Gigot sleeves that snap at the wrist for a fitted forearm that sets off the fullness of the upper sleeve. The sleeve itself can made with a full pouf at the shoulder or bound to push the fullness toward the elbow. The lined bodice has a pleated overlay and and closes in the back with buttons or snaps. Below the trimmed waistband falls a full gathered skirted finished with two rows of ruffles.

This PDF sewing pattern is sized to fit American Girl® and other similarly sized dolls.

Recommended Fabrics:  Suggested Fabrics: Dress, Lining, and Bias Trim in lightweight to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits.

Supplies Needed:
-Dress with Straight Grain Ruffles ~ 1 yard (1 m)
-Dress with Bias Cut Ruffles ~ 1- 1/6 yard (1 m)
-Lining ~ 6-inch by 18-inch (15 cm by 46 cm) piece

Note: Fabric amounts are generous; most items can be cut from leftover pieces of fabric.

-Thread. 1/2 yard (1/2 m) 1/2-inch (12 mm) ric rac or lace trim. For dress with snap closures ~ five small snaps, one large snap, and eight 1/4-inch buttons; For dress with button closures, two small snaps, one large snap, two 1/4-inch (6 mm) buttons for the sleeves, and three 3/8-inch buttons for the back.


Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 26 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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Carol M.

Worth every second of the time!

Love everything about this looks sooo complicated and difficult but really isn't (in my opinion)...just takes quite a long time to complete, especially when finishing by hand, as I did. The details are just amazing--it is a masterpiece of a pattern!

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Gigot sleeve dress 18 inch

I love this pattern. It was relatively easy, though I did find the sleeve plackets a bit challenging. Perfect fit and beautiful results. It sold in my Etsy shop minutes after I listed it.

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keroack, k.
United States United States

Delightful pattern

This was an enjoyable pattern to use. The directions were clear and the dress turned out well. There are many steps, but the result is worth it. I look forward to making the second version

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Amanda P.
United States

This pattern has a bit of construction work to it, but worth it!

This dress was added to our household's historical collection. I am pretty happy with how the first dress came out! Next time I will use a less busy fabric, so as to show more of the dress's details. This pattern did take some time, but I like it very much!

Tracy M.

My favorite dress pattern ever!!!!

My favorite dress pattern ever!!!! I made both variations of the dress. Love the sleeve construction. It's challenging but not hard. The fit is great on my PC dolls too. Great instructions and illustrations.