1770 En Fourreau Gown 18" Dolls Clothes Pattern

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Create a beautiful historical fashion for your 18 inch doll! This gown by Thimbles and Acorns is based on the popular En Fourreau' 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 26 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF pattern provides full color 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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PS
12/04/2020
Patricia S.
Canada Canada
Challenging, interesting, beautiful result

You have to be wide awake and caffeinated to take this on, but it was a pleasure to stretch my skills and sew along with this designer. Very pleased with the results I’m getting with this pattern.

Pixie Faire 1770 En Fourreau Gown 18 Dolls Clothes Pattern Review
GK
11/17/2020
gunita k.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Forreau gown

I really like your Patterns. I made it for Gotz Doll.

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K
11/01/2019
Kathy
Canada Canada
End Forreau gown

This is a great pattern. Fit is perfect.

CM
10/28/2019
Carol M.
United States United States
One error needs correcting!

Always, always find T & A patterns so satisfying to make, even though it may take hours or days to complete a garment from them...I love the detail and historical accuracy and generally find instructions easy to follow. I used this one to make a more historically accurate Summer Gown for Elizabeth, and am more than happy with the finished result! Now the error: can't believe a pattern tester didn't catch this, or that no one else making the gown has determined what the problem was with the fit of the bodice (several reviews mention the problem) ....SO, the way the bodice lining pieces are given, the lining piece for the left side will NOT match up with the left bodice unless you add 1/2" to the width of the lining piece OR have a narrower underlap at center front than the pattern indicates. I had to rip out a LOT of stitching when I realized the problem, and sewed on an extension to my left lining piece to make everything match up. So I recommend that the pattern be corrected by having a right AND left lining piece (the left side piece 1/2" wider,) OR, change the fold line on the left bodice pattern piece. A few details about my completed gown: I used taffeta that is more than 60 years old, from the skirt of a prom dress I made in 8th grade! I closed the front with hooks and thread eyes, added lace to neckline and bows down the front to complete my version of Elizabeth's Summer Gown!

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09/14/2020
Pixie Faire

6/5/20: Thimbles and Acorns En Fourreau Gown 18": The instructions have been completely rewritten and most of the illustrations have been replaced with photography. Pattern pieces are the same, except the position of the snaps on the front.

L
10/09/2019
Legrand
France France
slightly desappointed...

When I saw this pattern I was very enthusiastic. I love this dress ! I've finished to sew the dress today. Pattern and instructions are not clear, the bodice doesn't fit very well. I had to check on XVIIIe genuine dress as Isabella McTavish Fraser's wedding dress, to understand the way to assemble the back of the dress. I'll made one another, but I think I'll make changes to pattern.

09/14/2020
Pixie Faire

6/5/20: Thimbles and Acorns En Fourreau Gown 18": The instructions have been completely rewritten and most of the illustrations have been replaced with photography. Pattern pieces are the same, except the position of the snaps on the front.