Make your own pretty 1850's style dress with this doll clothes pattern featuring two bodice options: A trimmed edged vest overlay that extends down over the top of the skirting or double front trimmed edge panels. Add a single ribbon bow to sit center front neckline. Short sleeves were typical early 1850's fashion for young girls and this pattern provides an option for either single or double layered sleeves. The gown features double skirting with a finished skirt length of approximately 7 1/2" or mid-calf. The over-skirt has a trimmed scalloped shaped hemline. Lace, bias or piping can be used as edging. The back fastens with three buttons or snaps closures and side ties form a pretty bow at the back and allows for adjusting fit as the newer dolls tend to have much smaller waistlines than some of their predecessors.
This is a relatively easy intermediate pattern, by Keepers Dolly Duds, and a great choice for someone with limited sewing experience.
Suggested Fabrics: View A and B Dress in a lightweight fabric such as cotton, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits.
Skill Level: Intermediate
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Create these pretty summery fifties inspired frocks with this beautifully designed Keepers Dolly Duds doll...
This is one of my favorite Keepers Dolly Duds patterns because the result is so pleasing. The pattern pieces are very clear and the instructions are very thorough and well-illustrated. I have made both of the two bodice designs and I like the way the bodice overlays give the opportunity for color coordinating fabrics and trim. The wavy overskirt is a very pretty style and I tried out edging the underskirt with a wider trim that matched the narrow trim on the bodice and overskirt. The bodice fits very well and the pretty double sleeve adds a little more detail to the overall effect.
I thought the pattern was overall easy to follow. I have a larger body American Girl doll so I didn't put the darts in at the bodice and it was a good fit. I love the cute style of the curves on the skirt. I personally add some piping on the collar and I like a fuller bow in the back so I just doubled the size of the back bow.
Both versions came out really lovely, and you can experiment with trims. The double-skirt hangs really nicely.