18th Century Colonial Gown 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The MyAngieGirl version of the 18th Century Colonial Gown is a one-piece design that gives you the look of highest fashion without the fussiness of separate petticoats and stomachers. This pattern features a long pleated skirt, three-quarter length sleeves, built-in stomacher and petticoat panel, and fastens in the back.

During the 18th Century (1701 – 1800) gowns made with the open front bodice used the stomacher, or ornamental cloth, to cover the stays and chemise worn beneath. Sometimes the stomacher was made to match the gown; other times the stomacher was elaborately decorated to accent the gown.

A online search for stomachers in the 18th Century shows a wide range of embellishments used including embroidery, fringe, puffed fabric, ribbon trim, and even quilting. How will you decorate your stomacher?

This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.

Suggested fabrics for the Colonial Gown include cotton and blends, lightweight wovens, lightweight silks or taffeta, etc.

Supplies Needed:  

  • 1/3 Yard Fabric 44” wide for Gown
  • 3/8 Yard Fabric 44” wide for Stomacher, Petticoat Panel, and Lining
  • 1/2 Yard 1”–11/2” Wide Lace 
  • Double Sided Satin Ribbon — 1/4” to 5/8” wide (you will need 8”-10” per Bow, plus more for optional trim)
  • 1 Yard Narrow Trim (Optional) 
  • 5” Length 3/8” wide Sew-on Hook and Loop Tape
  • 11/2 Yards 1” wide Chiffon Ruffle Trim (Optional Ruffled Petticoat Panel as seen on cover)

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 24 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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Beverly M.
United States

18th century dress

Loved it. Easy and so many ways to do it differently. It is a pattern i willl use a lot!

Rose G.
United States

18th Century Colonial Gown

I've been sewing for a long time and found the instructions easy to follow.

Glenda Morrow


I really enjoyed sewing this gown! You can construct a fancy or casual gown with this pattern. The written & pictorial instructions are easy enough for a beginner to follow & have a beautifully sewn Historical gown.