1850s Evening Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Through the 1850s, the domed skirts of the 1840s continued to expand. To increase their fullness, skirts were constructed in two or three tiers that were stiffened with horsehair braid at the hem. Though it became socially unacceptable for a woman to show her ankles, it was quite alright to show ones shoulders, so long as it was in the evening. The Bertha neckline, a lower neckline that often fell off the shoulders became fashionable in women's evening wear.

This dress by Thimbles and Acorns can be worn with or without a crinoline and the skirt is calf length, which was the appropriate length for a pre-teen girl during the Victorian Era.

This 22 page PDF pattern is designed to print on standard 8 -1/2" x 11" paper. The basic pattern itself is not too difficult, but some sewing experience is helpful. Extra instructions are included for special details such as the cuff with placket and the double box pleated skirt.

Recommended Fabrics: Lining, and Piping in lightweight to mediumweight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, linen, or silk. Undersleeves in lightweight woven fabric such as cotton batiste, muslin, silk, or handkerchief linen.  


Supplies Needed:
-Dress ~ 2/3 yard (2/3 m)
-Contrast for Undersleeves ~ 1/6 yard (1/6 m). Scrap pieces or fat quarters work well
-Piping ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m)
-Lining ~ 1/6 yard (1/6 m). Scrap pieces or fat quarters work well
-Notions: Thread, 6 yards 1/4-inch lace trim, 1 yard 1/2-inch wide lace trim, five size 4/0 snaps, 1 size 1/0 snap, five 3/8-inch decorative buttons. Optional, 3-inches of 1/2-inch wide hook and loop tape or 3/8-inch buttons may be used instead of snaps


Skill Level: Intermediate

What You Get: One 22 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF pattern provides digitally illustrated step-by-step instructions. 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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jackie k.
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easy to follow and fun to make and if you have any ? just write to them and they answer quickly just love the patterns thank you

Denise M.
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1850 evening dress

Still no sewing, been really busy making porcelain dolls.