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.
-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.
-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
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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.
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.
This dress is so versatile. The outer gown can be long or short, it can be trimmed or not. The petticoat can be left plain or have added trim and flounces. I have made it twice for my Felicity, once with the full Saque back and all the trims and the second time with just a plain Caraco gown. I have also used the different sizes to make a beautiful Saque Back for my Girl for All a Time doll. Both sizes fit perfectly.
The Sacque Dress is so pretty. Too bad the pattern wasn't available for my older granddaughters when they wanted Felicity. Luckily, my youngest granddaughter will benefit! Your patterns are so thorough with instructions! Keep up the beautiful, quality designs!!