18th Century Pocket 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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This 18th-century pocket design is fully lined, has a slit opening, and ties on with a drawstring. It can be made with plain or pieced fabric, or embroidered to create a special keepsake. Use the embroidery template provided, create your own design, or use one of the machine embroidery designs on Pixie Faire.

Genniewren Floral Spray Free ME Design and the Frog Princess Fashions Precious Pinafores ME designs both work perfectly with this design!

Lucy Locket lost her pocket,
Kitty Fisher found it;
Not a penny was there in it,
Only ribbon round it.

Reading this rhyme as a child, I was always perplexed about how someone could possibly lose a pocket. I later learned that until the 19th century, pockets weren't sewn ladies clothing, but worn underneath petticoats as a separate bag. Although they were not a visible part of a lady's wardrobe, pockets were often cherished items that many ladies took the time to personalize and give as gifts. While some were made from the choicest parts of cast off clothing or pieced together from carefully selected fabric scraps, others were made specifically to match a particular outfit. These pockets were generally quite large and might be worn singly or as a matching set allowing a lady to easily carry whatever items she might want to keep handy.

Pattern #1750-05
PDF Pattern for 18-inch (46 cm) Doll Clothes
Sized to Fit American Girl® and Other Similarly Sized Dolls.

Suggested Fabrics: lightweight cotton batiste, linen, lawn, or muslin.  Not suitable for knits.

Supplies Needed:  
  • Fabric: 
    • Pocket ~ 10 x 6-inch (25.5 x 15.25 cm). Embroidered pockets will need a piece large enough to fit the embroidery hoop 
    • Pocket Lining ~ 15 x 6-inch (38 x 15.25 cm)
  • Notions: 
    • Thread
    • Plain Pocket
    • 2/3 yard (0.6 m) of 1/8-inch (3 mm) wide twill tape or ribbon 
    • Embroidered Pocket
    • 2/3 yard (0.6 m) of 1/8-inch (3 mm) wide twill tape or ribbon
    • Assorted embroidery floss
    • 6-inch or larger embroidery hoop
    • Fabric marker, pencil, or tracing paper


Skill Level:  Easy


What You Get: One 23 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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Janice R.
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18th Century pocket

Wonderful pattern, so easy to make and always love the added historical information.