1850s Spring Gathering 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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This historical design includes 4 pieces: a Prairie Dress with long or short sleeves, a soft Flower Crown, a Bonnet with wide or narrow brim, and a scalloped apron.
Dress - Prairie styled, with circular yoke at neckline. Slim, Regular, & Wide waist sizes included. Very full gathered bodice is stitched to yoke & sleeves at top and to the waistband at bottom. Choose long or short sleeves, softly gathered
with elastic. Trim is optional. Skirt is gathered to waistband and features an optional pintuck.
Bonnet - Very sweet and may be rolled back around face. Ties with self fabric or ribbon. Sunburst stitching guide included. 2 Brim widths also included.
Apron - Features a scalloped edge. Has a large pocket for
gathering flowers or other trinkets. Ties in back.
Flower Crown - Unique fabric sculpture "vines" form the base and purchased florals & greenery are attached.

Layers & Practicality. Those were hallmarks of clothing worn out on the Prairie in the 1850s. Layers kept out wind, dust, cold, and sun. Practicality was the way of life for these pioneers.
Everything was used & reused.
Still, women & girls found simple ways to look and feel pretty for special occasions Such touches were appreciated all the more for ts scarcity. Small embellishments-such as embroidery or a jaunty flower in a buttonhole, were considered the mark of one’s own style, however modest it might seem today.
This design commemorates the spirit of celebration when walking on a beautiful day & counting one’s blessings and the innocent charm of a young pioneer girl gathering flowers and dreams for a special celebration with loved ones…

This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.

Recommended Fabrics: Lightweight wovens, cotton, cotton blends. Basically, anything from batiste to calico or quilting weight cottons are perfect for this design. Looks great with contrasting colors/patterns.

Supplies Needed:

Fabrics- Lightweight wovens, cotton, cotton blends. Basically, anything from batiste to calico or quilting
weight cottons are perfect for this design. Looks great with contrasting colors/patterns.
*If using stripes or checks, please allow more yardage for matching pattern.

  • 5/8 yard Fabric for dress
  •  13 inches of 1/8” elastic for Dress
  • 1/3 yard Fabric for Bias (optional)
  • 1 -3 yards of Trim, as desired
  • Matching Thread
  • Desired closure for Dress (Hook & Loop, snaps, etc)
  • 1/4 yard or remnant Fabric for Apron
  • 1/3 yard Fabric for Bonnet
  • 10 inches of 1/4” elastic for Bonnet
  • 1/4 yard fabric for Apron
  • 1/2 yard fabric for Flower Crown
  • Assorted faux silk Foliage for Flower Crown
  • Low temp glue gun & glue sticks or fabric glue
  • (Optional) Bias Tape Maker 1/2” size

Skill Level: Intermediate

What You Get: One 52 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! This pattern comes with a 5 page summary of instructions to help you save on printer ink.  The PDF sewing pattern provides full-color 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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