You can make a beautiful historic outfit for your doll with this PDF pattern from Thimbles and Acorns. This pattern features a beautifully flared jacket that can be made with or without a hood. It fastens in front with either a hook and eye tape or eyelet closures. The jacket is fully lined and the 3/4 sleeves are cut at an angle and tucked at the elbow to form a graceful curve. Also included are instructions for making the historically accurate petticoat.
Jacket (both views): 1/3 yard lightweight woven fabric such as cotton, gingham, calico, lawn, silk or linen. Not suitable for knits.
Jacket lining (both views): 1/3 yard lightweight woven fabric such as cotton, gingham, calico, lawn, silk or linen. Not suitable for knits.
Petticoat: 1/3 yard lightweight woven fabric such as cotton, gingham, calico, lawn, silk, or linen. Not suitable for knits.
Trims and Notions: View A Jacket - 1/2 yard soutache braid or other narrow trim for the sleeves, a length of hook and eye tape with three sets spaced 1 inch apart. View B Jacket - 1 yard 1/4 inch ribbon for bows and lacing. 6 - 1/8 or 1/4 inch eyelets. Petticoat - 1 yard of 1/4 inch wide cotton twill tape.
Skill Level: Easy
What You Get: One 17 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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I love that this pattern doesn't have a lot of pieces to get amazing results, all in all it went pretty well. My frustration was trying to get all of my notches and dots to stay on my fabric, they kept disappearing even without ironing them. I ended up remarking them with a pencil and that worked. This was my first attempt at sewing a Historical pattern, I was a bit weary but happy with the end results.
I agree with other reviewers that it isn't really "easy" but oh my, it is fun to put together!! I love the concealed hooks in front, the fully-lined jacket, the authentic styling, the easy to understand illustrations! I would like to have seen instructions included for tying on the petticoat, for those not familiar with 18th century dressing, and I would suggest cutting the back and sleeve pieces larger if planning to wear over a shift. (I let those seams out a little, after the fact, but it's still tight...will cut seams wider in the next one I make.) In my photos, Felicity is wearing the jacket (version with a collar) over shift and bum roll.
I love the historical details of Thimbles and Acorns! But I agree with Diane M., this NOT an easy pattern. Even the simple skirt left me a bit puzzled. Were we supposed to tie it at the sides (too loose!) or surround the front and back? The jacket was challenging because it's features are so different from what we ordinarily expect. I would particularly have liked more direction, dots and notches on the sleeve cap. I didn't attempt the hook and eye tape closure. There were no directions for the eyelets. I ended up just using ribbon ties to close the front. Nevertheless, my doll "Susie" likes the outfit and looks real cute in it.
Everything look’s good. Looping for using the patterns son.
Very disappointed. The pattern was too complicated. It contains many errors. For example it would say things like match the notches, but there were no notches.