18th Century Underpinnings 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The distinct style of ladies’ dress in the 18th century was achieved by a complex succession of layers that began with the underpinnings. Underpinnings were what we might refer to as underwear today, and they provided the basic structure and dimension that made 18th century fashion unique. The name is somewhat deceptive, however, as underpinnings weren't always out of sight - they were simply the first layers of a complete outfit. In fact, for a working class girl, the underpinnings may have been all that she wore from day to day.

This 28 page PDF pattern is not too difficult, but some sewing experience is helpful. It includes instructions for a shift, stays, panniers, and petticoat.

This pattern is available in two sizes (18" dolls such as American Girl® and 16" A Girl For All Time)® that can be purchased individually for $8.99 or you can opt to purchase the bundle for $10.99. To see the listing for the 16 Inch Doll Pattern Click Here.

Recommended Fabrics: Shift and Stays Lining in lightweight cotton batiste or linen. Not suitable for knits. Stays, Panniers, and Petticoat in medium weight quilting cotton, silk, wool, or linen. Period prints, stripes, and solids work well for the panniers and petticoat. Stripes are not recommended for the Stays. Not suitable for knits.

 

Supplies Needed:
Fabric:
-Shift ~ 1/4 yard (1/4 m),
-Stays ~ 1/4 yard (1/4 m) or a 9 x 15-inch remnant.
-Stays Lining ~ 1/2 yard (1/2 m) or a 9 x 15-inch remnant.
-Panniers ~ 1/4 yard (1/4 m) or a 9 x 15-inch remnant.
-Petticoat ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m).

Notions: Thread. Shift ~ 1 yard 1/8-inch (3 mm) wide twill tape or ribbon. Stays with straps ~ 1 yard 1/8-inch (3 mm) wide twill tape or ribbon, 2 yards 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide boning, 1/2 yard 1/4-inch (6mm) ribbon, 1 yard of 5/8-inch wide bias tape (trimmed down from 1-inch wide commercial bias tape or cut from fabric), fourteen 1/4-inch (6mm) eyelets. Stays without straps ~ 1 yard 1/8-inch (3 mm) wide twill tape or ribbon, 2 yards 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide boning, ten 1/4-inch (6mm) eyelets. Panniers ~ 1 yard 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide boning, 1 yard 1/8-inch (3 mm) wide twill tape or ribbon. Petticoat ~ 1 yard 1/8-inch (3 mm) twill tape or ribbon.

  

Skill Level:  Intermediate

 

What You Get: One 28 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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RK
03/11/2017
Rachel K
Michigan, USA

18th century underpinnings

I enjoyed making this pattern. The boned corset is so cool! Though it takes a long time to get all the boning in if you're using zipties, lol.

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SE
12/02/2016
Stacie E.
United States

great

I love all of the work that the designers have taken to both make the pattern historically correct and to still manage to make it relatively easy. The patterns themselves are done wonderfully with instructions with pictures and without. Overall, I am truly impressed with any and all patterns by Pixie Farie

JM
06/22/2015
JOAN M.

working with the pattern now.

working with the pattern now. like it so far. i do makes notes of the pages. like it

DW
06/15/2015
Debbie W.

I haven't used this pattern

I haven't used this pattern yet, but very anxious to make a steampunk outfit out of it!

L
04/11/2015
Louise

18TH CENTURY UNDERPINNINGS 18" DOLL CLOTHES

Love love love this pattern. Pattern directions are very good. The result is fantastic! Merci Madame Fuller, a wonderfully beautiful outfit.