Betsy Ross Shop Dress 18" Doll Clothes

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Betsy Ross was an upholsterer and seamstress who is credited with making the most-recognizable early American flag. The "Betsy Ross Shop Dress" is the third sewing pattern in the Flossie Potter "Women of History" series and contains a historical information page on this American folk hero.

The dress is an everyday dress from the late 1700s, which we can envision Betsy wearing as she sewed her iconic flag.

The bodice features a faux front placket with 5 tiny buttons, decorative bodice seaming, a low round neckline with ruffle, and center front waist point. The sleeves end in a point and are pushed up and tied in place so they will be out of the way while Betsy sews.

The skirt portion is gathered along the sides of the waist, as was fashionable in the day.

Combine the Shop Dress with the other two patterns in this set: the "Betsy Ross Flag" and the "Shop Apron & Cap," and your display will be ready for President's Day, Flag Day, or Independence Day. But you'll want to keep it up all year, because this set is really cute!

This 28-page PDF sewing pattern contains 11 pages of full-color illustrated instructions, 8 pages of pattern pieces, and 4 pages of printable summary instructions (to save on printer ink!).

Recommended Fabrics:  cotton

Supplies Needed:
-1/2 yd cotton
-1/4 yd contrast color light-weight cotton such as broadcloth or batiste
-Five 1/4" buttons

Possible closures:
(optional) five additional 1/4" buttons
(optional) five small snaps
(optional) 3" soft hook-and-loop tape

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 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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Terri Haines

I am so pleased!

I wanted to make a historical dress and didn't have a lot of time. After reading other reviews, I opted to leave off the lining since I didn't have time for errors. I must say I love the result! Don't be tempted to leave off the sleeve ties because they really do make the dress special looking. I do wish there were a few more pictures in the instructions as I rely on pictures when I sew. Thank you for a fun pattern. I'm sure I will be making more of this one.


Needs work

When I saw this pattern, it looked like exactly what I want. It has great lines. But I'm not going to lie, I am frustrated with the fact that the lining pieces do not fit the bodice. I ended up having to take apart the entire lining, remaking the back lining my own way, and even then it didn't entirely fit perfectly. I kept looking at the instructions wondering how anyone else got the pieces to fit together when they simply don't fit and trying to figure out what I did wrong. The skirt pieces didn't seem to have right angles on the corners and I ended up feeling uncomfortable using two skirt pieces instead of just having one long piece for the skirt rather than unnecessary seams on the sides. I think that with extra effort on my part, the dress still turned out beautiful, and as I said, the lines of the dress were great, but in the end, only the outside bodice pieces and the sleeves were the pieces that I was able to use. The instructions were clear and understandable, but when the pieces don't match up, it makes the work frustrating. If I had been a newer seamstress rather than having the 30 years of sewing experience I have, I would have given up on the dress entirely if I didn't know how to make my own adjustments. I don't like leaving bad reviews ever, but I feel like this pattern needs to be reworked, and I'm still completely unsure how anyone else got them to fit.

Reading, PA

Charming Americana

I have been wanting to do historical dresses. Being near Philadelphia I thought Betsy ross would be a great start. Have not completed the flag but was delighted with the result. The bonnet was the most challenging part but as usual once you do it the next one is easier. I have been collecting 18th style small prints and plan to do several variations... I too struggles with the lining on the armscyes and had to redo one side but again, next on will be easier. I realized that when sewing doll clothes the designers know what they are doing so put aside what how you think it should be done and follow the instructions and you will get a good result.

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Virginia Schoolkate
Medicine Hat, Alberta

I gave it another go

I tried this pattern again because it was such a beautiful result the first time around, and it was better. I am still unclear on how to hand sew the lining to the armscyes, but the V bodice worked out better this time around. I found that I could just machine stitch the bodice lining to the bodice along the skirt seam instead of hand sewing. That proved easier for me since I am no good at hand sewing. I made the first dress out of an old pillowcase. ginnie /

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Virginia Schoolkate
Medicine Hat, Alberta

Tricky, but still very pretty!

I have to be honest, this one was a bit tricky for me. There are some pretty finicky parts, like that neck ruffle and the V bodice. There is also quite a bit of hand sewing of the dress lining which I'm really not very good at. It was a challenge for me to figure out some of the directions as well as there aren't as many pictures as I am used to. Needless to say, the dress still turned out very nice, just a bit of creasing on the front placket, but it's only for play, so that's not such a big deal. My daughter adores her new doll dress. I am just a perfectionist, and wish that I could have done a better job hand sewing the lining in place. Unfortunately that's not my strong suit.