This zone-front gown by Thimbles and Acorns is a Robe a l'Anglaise (a gown with a bodice that closes in the front without the use of a stomacher) with diagonal pieces sweeping from the top center front to just before the side seams at the waist, pening up into the skirt. This creates a separate piece across the stomach (a separate "zone”). The gown pictured on the front cover is made in one color and set off with a sheer organza trim, but the color of the center “zone” can be changed to give it a completely new look. The gown bodice closes down the front with hooks and eyes, edge-to-edge, with trim along the center front. The back of the gown is made in the En 'Fourreau style, a method where the back of the skirt and the back of the bodice are one piece, and the bodice portion is pleated and sewn down to create the shaping. The sleeves are full length with a double organza ruffle along the bottom edge and placket. The trimmings consist of gathered bands of organza. The standout feature of this gown is the wide red belt with rhinestone buckle. This is a multi-size PDF pattern bundle for 18-inch (46 cm) and 16-inch (40 cm) dolls such as
American Girl®, A Girl for All Time®, and Other Similarly Sized Dolls.
Recommended Fabrics: Gown and Petticoat in lightweight cotton, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits. Bodice Lining in lightweight cotton, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits.
Gown and Petticoat Petticoat ~ 2/3 yard (1/3 m).
Notions: Thread. Gown ~ 1/2 yard 5/8-inch (1.5 cm) wide organza ribbon, 3-1/2 yards 3/8-inch (1 cm) wide organza ribbon, 4-inches (10 cm) hook an eye tape (four small snaps can be used instead of hook and eye tape if preferred). Petticoat ~ 1 yard 1/8-inch (3 mm) wide cotton twill tape. Belt ~ 1/2 yard 5/8-inch (1.5 cm) wide velvet ribbon, one slider buckle with 1/2-inch (12 mm) opening, one large snap.
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 31 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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This made a really beautiful gown that is a great fit, bit it is WAY too short. Having purchased the Pixie pack to go with it made it especially disappointing to find this too short as I didn't have enough fabric left to redo the pieces that were a problem. Overall it was a good pattern that I enjoyed making, but my dress has tacked on (5cm) at the bottom to make it floor length, as in the picture. Also, some of the directions were not as well written up as the Liberty Jane patterns and I would have been very confused if I were not quite experienced at sewing.