1830's Sarah Hale Dress Bundle 16" and 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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This 1830s dress features a crossed pleated bodice that is set in a narrow waistband. Fitted upper sleeves drop gracefully from the fashionably low shoulderlines. A full lower sleeve spills from the pleated edging of the upper sleeve and fastens at the wrist with a snapped cuff. The full skirt is pleated at the front and gathered in the back. The dress closes in the back with three buttons along the bodice and a snap at the waistband.

Our 1830-01 Gigot Sleeve Dress and 1830-02 Sarah Hale Dress patterns are part of our Designables series which means you can mix and match the sleeves, bodices, and skirts to create your own uniquely styled dress. Watch for Pattern 1830-03 Beret Sleeve Dress pattern to add even more options to your design palette.

This bundled PDF pattern is designed to fit 18 inch dolls such as American Girl® and 16 inch dolls such as A Girl For All Time®.  To purchase this pattern in the 18 inch version only click here. To purchase it in the 16 inch only, click here.

Don't miss out on the coordinating Pixie Packs for this pattern - Sarah Hale in Spice and Sarah Hale in Stripe.

Recommended Fabrics: Dress and Lining in lightweight to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits. 

Supplies Needed:
Dress ~ 2/3 yard (2/3 m)
Lining ~ 8-inch by 20-inch (20 cm by 50 cm) piece

Note: Fabric amounts are generous; most items can be cut from leftover pieces of fabric.

Thread. 2 yards trim for skirt and waist, 18-inches 1/2-inch (12 mm) wide trim for neckline; For dress with snap closures ~ five small snaps, one large snap; For dress with button closures, two small snaps, one large snap, two 1/4-inch (6 mm) buttons for the sleeves, and three 3/8-inch buttons for the back.

Skill Level: Intermediate

What You Get: One 31 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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Pennie B.
United States

A little challenging, but turned out really nice.

You’re going to need some sewing experience to get this dress done, but is a very nice pattern. I made this dress for Kaye Wiggs MSD and without any alteration it fit them perfectly.

1830's Sarah Hale Dress Bundle 16 and 18 Doll Clothes Pattern

Wish there were photos

We wish this designer would include photographs instead of illustrations for clarification of of the directions. It would help to see each step in pictures instead of just some illustrated.


Sarah J Hale Dress

What an outstanding pattern! I was fascinated with the detailing, fit, & historic information. This was my first costume using Thimbles & Acorns & will definitely be doing more.

Alison Hunt
United States

Sarah Hale dress

The pattern and instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The finished product is beautiful. I think the dress looks like it was far more difficult to make than it actually was. I love the fine details like the double sleeves with packets and the graceful pleated bodice--for a doll dress! I'm enthusiastic about this pattern line.

Janeil G.

Always beautiful patterns. I'm close

Always beautiful patterns. I'm close to having them all!