1770 Sacque Back Gown and Caraco Jacket 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The Sacque-Back Gown, as it was commonly known in England and the American Colonies, originated in France as the robe à la française as an undress fashion. Undress meant that they were informal articles of clothing that were presentable enough to wear inside one's home while entertaining, but not something one would wear in public. It's most notable feature was the box pleats which fell loose from the shoulder to the hem. At its most informal, this gown was unfitted in both the front and back and called a contouche, or robe battante. The style was not limited to gowns, but also carried over into shortened jacket forms that were called caracos or pet en l'air. The jackets were originally knee length, but shortened to just above the hips as the century progressed. Toward the middle of the 18th century, the Sacque-Back had emerged as one of the most fashionable gowns, and by the 1770s, it was second only to court dress in its formality. As these gowns gained popularity, the artist Antoine Watteau captured their elegance in many of his paintings which later led to them being referred to as Watteau Gowns. As an added bonus, the sleeves from Thimbles and Acorns patterns labeled with a letter "E" beneath the pattern number can be used interchangeably, making even more design possibilities.
This multi-sized pattern in small, medium, and large is designed to fit 18-inch dolls such as American Girl®, 18-inch Gotz® and Kidz 'n' Cats® Dolls, and 16-inch A Girl For All Time® Dolls.

Recommended Fabrics:  Gown, Caraco, and Petticoat in lightweight woven fabric such as cotton, gingham, calico, lawn, silk, or linen. Not suitable for knits. Lining in lightweight woven fabric such as cotton muslin, calico, lawn, silk, or linen. Not suitable for knits.

 

Supplies Needed:
Fabric:
-Gown ~ 1/2 yard (1/2 m).
-Caraco ~ 1/2 yard (1/2 m).
-Petticoat ~ 1/2 yard (1/2 m).
-Lining ~ 18 x 24-inch (46 x 70 cm) piece of fabric. Scraps or fat quarters work well.

Notions:
-Thread.
-Gown ~ 2-1/2 yards 1/2-inch wide flat lace or 1/2-inch wide strip of fabric, 1 yard 1-inch wide bias tape (trained gown only), two 1/4-inch decorative buttons, six small snaps, and one 12-inch square white handkerchief for fichu.
-Caraco Jacket ~ 18-inches 1/2-inch wide flat lace or 1/2-inch wide strip of fabric, six small snaps, and one 12-inch square white handkerchief for fichu.
-Petticoat ~ 1 yard 1-inch wide flat lace or 1-inch wide strip of fabric; 1 yard 1/8-inch wide cotton twill tape.

Skill Level:  Intermediate

 

What You Get: One 45 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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08/09/2017
Diane A.
United States

1770 Sacque Back Gown

I enjoyed this pattern and will make it again. The petticoat waist was too large and I had to cut it down but the pattern as a whole was not too difficult to sew

SS
07/06/2017
Stephanie S.
United States

Lovely result, fits together nicely, and good instructions

I enjoy making this pattern. The pieces fit well together, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Unique design, fun to do.

1770 Sacque Back Gown and Caraco Jacket 18 Doll Clothes Pattern1770 Sacque Back Gown and Caraco Jacket 18 Doll Clothes Pattern
HM
02/21/2017
Helena M.
United States

Love the pattern

Though I'm not very experienced in sewing for dolls, I found the pattern easy to follow and liked my results. The only small confusing detail - there is a pattern for a fichu band, but no pattern of the fichu itself. I didn't find any mention of the fischu in the text.

1770 Sacque Back Gown and Caraco Jacket 18 Doll Clothes Pattern
LO
11/18/2015
Linda O.

Loved this. I'm not an

Loved this. I'm not an experienced seamstress but by going carefully and following the instructions step by step I made this for Matilda my AGFAT doll. Just gorgeous.

JP
09/03/2015
Janis P.

Sacque Back Gown

I love this pattern. It went together nicely and was easy to understand the instructions. I made it up in a blue stripe gown with white and blue petticoat. I love patterns by Thimbles and Acorns.