1770 En Forreau' Gown 18" Dolls Clothes Pattern

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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.

Supplies Needed:

  • Gown: 1/2 yard lightweight fabric such as cotton, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits.1 yard 1/2 inch wide lace.
  • Bodice Lining: 1/6 yard lightweight fabric such as cotton batiste.
  • Petticoat: 1/3 yard lightweight fabric such as cotton, linen, or silk.
  • Closures: For gown and Petticoat, 4 size 4/0 snaps and 2 yards 1/4 inch wide cotton twill tape.
  • Fichu (Neckerchief): 1 small ladies handkerchief about 10 inches square, or a 10 inch square piece of cotton batiste, handkerchief linen, Swiss dot or fine lace.

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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KK
10/14/2018
keroack, k.
United States

Wonderful Historic Gown Pattern

While I love all the historical clothing patterns by Thimbles and Acorns, this one is a favorite! The directions are clear, the fit is perfect, and the whole thing goes together smoothly and quickly.

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ER
03/21/2018
Elizabeth R.
United States

Love it!

Love the easy to follow detailed instructions and great photo/drawings to aid in construction.

AV
01/23/2018
Ann Van Doren
Gig Harbor, WA

Lovely pattern

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.

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07/18/2017
Laura
Pennsylvania

Fabulous Pattern

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.

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03/22/2017
Emily E.
United States

1770 En Forreau Gown

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. :)

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