Boy's Knicker Suit 18" Doll Clothes

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Stylish suits with "knickerbocker" pants were worn by American boys from the 1880s through the 1930s. This PDF pattern includes five garments:
Dress Shirt with turn-down collar, button front placket, shoulder yoke, and box-pleated back;
Knickers with front pleats, working pockets, and faux front fly;
Single-Breasted Waistcoat, fully lined, with convertible collar;
Newsboy Cap with paneled crown topped with fabric-covered button;
Necktie sewn in a four-in-hand knot.

Recommended Fabrics:  Shirt: cotton poplin, gingham, chambray, or shirting fabric; Suit: Wool or linen suiting, cotton twill, featherwale corduroy; Lining: Imperial batiste or Bemberg rayon.

Supplies Needed:
-Shirt: 1/3 yard lightweight woven fabric. Wrong side of fabric will be visible on shirt placket, so select a fabric without an obvious "wrong" side.
-Suit: 1/2 yard medium weight woven fabric
-Lining: 1/3 yard lightweight woven fabric
-Tie: Scrap (6" x 10") of tie silk, silk jacquard, or cotton pique
-Notions: Thread; scrap (6" x 8") lightweight fusible interfacing; scrap (2" x 6" of buckram or heavyweight sew-in interfacing; 5 - 3/8" shirt buttons; 4 - 3/8" suit buttons; 3/4" cover button kit; 1/4 yard 3/8" elastic for waistband; 1/4 yard 1/4" elastic for necktie

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 31 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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Vendor: Kindred Thread

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Elizabeth S Robichaud
United States

Fun and rewarding project

This was my first Kindred Thread pattern, and I enjoyed making it very much. I completed all five pieces (knickers, waistcoat, shirt, tie, and hat) and found the instructions and illustrations very clear. Everything fit my Journey Girl doll except for the hat, which was a bit too small. Will definitely try more patterns from Kindred Thread.

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Pamela W.

Adorable outfit for American Boy

Adorable outfit for American Boy Doll

Dianne R.

Love the newsboy pattern. I want to tweak it a bit so we'll see how well I do.

I have not had a pattern with difficult instructions yet from Pixie Faire; rather it is the limitations of the sewer!

Marlene L.

Love the newsboy pattern!! It

Love the newsboy pattern!! It fits very well and goes together beautifully. made it in a green tweed with a white shirt and a red patterned tie. Just too cute.

Cooper Gaskins

Absolutely delightful!

Although the instructions were a little difficult to understand in a few places, I have a feeling this was a user error as I'm still learning through trial and error. I was pleased that, aside from the knickers, this pattern fit my old pre-mattel doll, who can't even wear modern doll shoes. It looks absolutely fantastic and I'm just tickled pink by the look of the whole thing. Actually, the whole thing ran very slightly large in the waist--possibly my fault concerning seam allowances, but it does lend a more masculine silhouette. Perfect for fans of "The Secret Garden", I say. It's also worth noting something I learned while making this: A dryer sheet and a glue stick can be used if one does not have interfacing. Using multiple layers of dryer sheet also can replace the buckram in the hat brim.