Create a beautiful historical fashion for your 18 inch doll! This gown is based on the popular En Forreau' dress style from the 1770's where the bodice and skirt at the center back were cut in one piece and pleated to fit. The gown and the matching petticoat are made of an 18th century reproduction print. The cuffs feature a small pleat at the inside elbow and the sides have hidden openings to access pockets. Dresses from this time period were often fastened in the front with straight pins..... for practical reasons, I opted to use snaps instead. The gown can be worn down or tied up with the hidden tapes to form a bustle. The petticoat is historically detailed with front and back ties that form pocket openings at the sides.
Skill Level: Intermediate
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I have been holding onto a bolt of fabric I bought in Colonial Williamsburg for something special, and this pattern was it!!! I had enough to make two mix and match dresses for my daughter and my niece. This shows them how women of that time used to refresh their clothing to make more options without sewing new gowns. I love when playing with dolls can teach youth about history!
Love the easy to follow detailed instructions and great photo/drawings to aid in construction.
I love the design of this pattern and how Shari has adapted the style for dolls. The back pleats can be tricky but, if you take your time, it goes together beautifully and the results make it worth the effort. If using a striped fabric, be sure to transfer the back pleat markings very carefully to be perfectly symmetrical.
This was my 2nd 18th Century project. I loved it! The pattern was great. instructions were good. I like that it was done the way it was done in the 18th Century (except for the machine sewing, of course) I have about 4 more combinations already decided. I took this to work to show my co-workers and they all went crazy over it. I didn't know if the material I chose would translate before I began but very pleased with the result. I actually like the hand sewing part...not the entire dress.