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
What You Get: One 19 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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I made this dress for my sister for her 34th birthday, in memory of all the doll dresses we had made for our dolls when we were younger. It turned out to be absolutely adorable, and she loved it!! I will definitely be making it again, I'm sure. Maybe for myself. :)
I love the gown. I have read the instructions and they are very straightforward and we'll written. Alas, I have not made the gown yet, but I know it will be beautiful when I so.
Such a beautiful and fun pattern! I only have a couple of complaints. In a few spots, I wish there were clearer illustrations and/or instructions, because though I made it work, I'm not sure I made it work correctly! Also, and more importantly, the bodice was quite a bit too tight on my American Girl dolls, and I had to have the two edges abut each other (using hook-and-eyes) rather than overlap. Even then poor Felicity could only just barely squeeze in! Next time, I won't trim one bodice front, as the pattern instructs. But I think there will be a next time, since it's so pretty, and I love the way it bustles up, and how authentic it is.
Another exquisite pattern from Thimbles & Acorns. Love the many fun and historically accurate details. One quibble: I didn’t quite understand the instructions for the pleats in the back (the “fourreau” section), so I winged it with less than perfect results in the spacing. I sew for a Journey Girl doll and suggest that anyone else doing so build in an additional 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch width in the shoulders and upper chest and maybe cut the armscye a hair lower for you doll’s comfort. The waist is fine as is, though.