From 1840 to 1860 the focus of the woman's figure was her waistline and the wide full skirts from this time period were designed to accentuate this feature. By the mid 1860s some ladies wore skirts as wide as six feet in diameter!
The pattern for this dress by Thimbles and Acorns features a fitted bodice that can be made with our without a front placket, Bishop sleeves, optional bell shaped oversleeve, pointed flat collar, and full skirt that is pleated in the front and gathered in the back. The inside bodice is fully lined and the skirt is calf length, which was the appropriate length for a pre-teen girl during the Victorian Era. It can be worn with or without a crinoline.
This PDF pattern is designed to fit A Girl for All Time® and Other Similarly Sized Dolls.
Recommended Fabrics: Dress, Lining, and Bias Trim in lightweight to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, linen, or silk. Undersleeves in lightweight woven fabric such as cotton batiste, muslin, silk, or handkerchief linen.
-Dress ~ 2/3 yard (2/3 m).
-Contrast for Collar and Undersleeves ~ 1/6 yard (1/6 m). Scrap pieces or fat quarters work well.
-Lining ~ 1/6 yard (1/6 m). Scrap pieces or fat quarters work well.
-Bias Trim ~ 1/2 yard (1/2 m)
*Note: Fabric amounts are generous; most items can be cut from leftover pieces of fabric.
-View A ~ 2 yards (2 m) narrow trim such as soutache braid, middy braid, lace, or bias tape; three 3/8-inch (9 mm) buttons; six 1/4-inch (6 mm) buttons; one 1/2-inch (12 mm) decorative button; 4-inch length 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide ribbon; 1 slider buckle with a 1/2-inch (12 mm) wide slide.
-View B ~ 1-1/2 yards (1.5 m) narrow trim such as soutache braid, middy braid, lace, or bias tape; three 3/8-inch (9 mm) buttons; one 1/2-inch (12 mm) decorative button; 4-inch length 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide ribbon; 1 slider buckle with a 1/2-inch (12 mm) wide slide.
-For View A and B ~ 3-inches (7.5 cm) of 1/2-inch (12 mm) wide hook and loop tape or 3 small snaps can be used instead of buttons for back closures.
Skill Level: Intermediate
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I used this pattern to recreate the lost costume for my 1950's era Mme Alexander Little Women doll Meg. I reduced the AGAT doll patterns to 80%, and only had to make a few adjustments. I love the Thimbles and Acorn historical patterns because of their explicit instructions and attention to detail.