This two piece outfit had its origins in the back country beyond the Blue Ridge Mountain in the early 18th century. A unique combination of European and Native American dress, it became an indispensible garment among the men who made their living hunting and trapping for the European market. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, it was adopted as the first uniform of the Continental Army, giving the American troops a distinctive and unifying appearance.
The Hunting Frock features a double cape and a skeeve with either a gathered or straight wrist. It wraps around the body and closes with one button at the neckline and a sash at the waist that can be made with an unfinished strip of cloth or woven ribbon. The breeches have a drawstring waist with a loose fitting seat. Both pieces are trimmed with a self-fabric fringe, gving it a distinctive American Frontier look. This PDF sewing pattern is sized to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl® and other similarly sized dolls.
Recommended Fabrics: Frock and Breeches in medium weight linen, cotton muslin, or chamois cloth (wash and press new chamois cloth before using to smooth out the nap so it will be less likely to attract dirt). Not suitable for knits.
-Frock and Breeches Fabric ~ 2/3 yard (1/3 m)
-Frock and Breeches Leather ~ two 20" x 24" chamois cloths
-Thread. 1 yard (1 m) 1/2-inch (12 mm) wide Swedish woven ribbon trim; one 1/2-inch (12 mm) button; 2/3 yard (2/3 m) 1/4-inch (6 mm) twill tape; optional -four yards of 1/2-inch wide fringed trim.
Skill Level: Easy
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This is an outfit which looks complicated, but was an easy sew. I chose Khaki colored linen from Hancock Fabrics which worked really well for this pattern. I pre-washed the fabric before I cut the pattern out. The fabric does all the work. Easy seams are sewn, then you just pull threads and the fringe appears. It was addicting. I would tell myself I was just going to fringe one more row, but I couldn't stop. It was so much fun to watch the outfit emerge. It's a great outfit to go along with all of the period costumes I've made. I love sewing for my boy dolls. Great fit and easy to follow instructions on this one. I love Thimbles and Acorn patterns!
I did my outfit in linen. I love how it feels, so heavy yet supple. This pattern is fairly easy but you have to remember to sew some of the seams on the outside so you can fringe them. It fits really well and is fun to sew. Yeah! For boy clothes.