Fashion is where expression meets practicality and lures it into the realm of the extreme. Though fashion trends have a tendency to push the limits, practicality always manages to bring them back into balance... at least for a time. Full skirts were the hallmark of the early Victorian era and by the 1860s they had expanded to as wide as six feet in diameter. However, as railroads began forging paths around the world, women began to travel more and more. Full skirts and crinolines made for poor traveling companions and the boundary for this fashion trend had been reached. Still, it would be a gallant exit. The 1870s saw a great boom in the textile industry. Hand looms were replaced by more efficient steam driven power looms which resulted in a larger supply of cloth and fancy trims at greatly reduced prices. The great cage crinolines were shed and the surplus fabric from the full skirts was draped in elaborately decorated layers and pulled toward the back in large bustles that were reminiscent of those worn a century earlier. The fashionable silhouette had become smaller and more mobile, but what was lost in size was more than made up for with the elaborate trimming which would become the hallmark of the later Victorian Era.
This dress pattern features a basque bodice that closes in in the front with five buttons or snaps and 3/4 length sleeves finished with two piece turned cuffs. The simple five paneled bustle skirt has a slight flair and extra fullness in the back giving it ample room to be worn over a bustle. A draped overskirt gives this dress a quintessential Early Bustle Period look. The overskirt can be attached directly to the underskirt or mounted on a separate waistband to allow for mixing and matching pieces.
This multi-size PDF pattern is designed to fit 18-inch dolls such as American Girl®, 18-inch Gotz® and Kidz 'n' Cats®, 18-inch Carpatina®, and 16-inch A Girl For All Time® dolls.
Recommended Fabrics: Dress and Lining in lightweight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends gingham, lawn, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits.
Skill Level: Intermediate
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First, a disclaimer- of the three pieces (jacket, skirt, bustle overskirt), I've only made the skirt. However, that one piece is beautifully designed with some extra details, like how the designer made allowances for the closure, that you rarely see on patterns of any size, let alone doll clothes. I look forwards to making the rest of the outfit though it will be a time investment - I think I counted 18 pieces, total, including some lining pieces. Can I be honest? My dolls rarely get lined clothing so this will be a treat for their little wardrobes. The instructions are excellent so while this would be a challenge for a newer sewer, just due to all the details and the precision needed, it's still doable. And the finished product is worth it! My only issue was my own fault - since this is a multi-sized pattern it's good to make sure you're cutting for the right sized doll. My poor AG girl almost got a waistband for a 16" doll thanks to my inattention. Once I cut out the right waist band it all went together with ease!
je vais la coudre cette semaine je vous le commenterai la semaine prochaine elle est trop belle merci
lovely pattern! very detail oriented. love it!
This is a fun pattern and making a look-alike for Granddaughter for her Social Studies project.