Our French Quarter Day Dress has a classic 1850s silhouette, with dropped shoulders, narrow waistline, and full gathered skirt. View A features a front bodice overlay, jewel neckline, and satin ribbon trim. View B has a gathered bodice inset, band collar, and soutache braid trim. Both views have short cap sleeves layered over fitted undersleeves. The skirt has a deep hem allowance and two rows of "growth tucks". This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18 inch dolls such as American Girl®.
Recommended Fabrics: Quilting cotton, poplin, or linen
-3/4 yard medium weight woven fabric
-scrap of lightweight woven fabric for lining
-3 - 3/8" buttons
-scrap of lightweight fusible interfacing
-4 yards of 1/4" satin ribbon
-1/2 yard of 3/8" satin ribbon
-4 yards of 1/8" soutache braid
-1/4 yard of 1/2" lace trim
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 21 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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Expertly drafted pattern with loads of detail. I love it.
The only problem I had was the gathered bodice directions, but once I read thru the directions a few times and looked carefully at the pattern pieces, then I understood what to do. I sewed these two versions and I have to say they are both my favorites. My daughter, who was the recipient of the dresses, is very pleased that the dresses are so precise in the fitting and professional looking.
Illustrated with clear Thimbles & Acorns style drawings, this pattern is relatively easy to sew if you have a bit of experience with doll clothes, and confident beginners will find all the steps well detailed and illustrated as well, so they too can tackle it. I've only tried view B so far, and the result was beautiful and well-fitted. I think this pattern offers some nice original details to complete your 1850s doll wardrobe, and I especially like the band collar, gathered lower bodice, and the two different options for over-sleeves and long sleeves, something that is not easily found elsewhere. Finally, American Girl book lovers will appreciate that these patterns are perfect to create real life versions of some of Marie-Grace's dress in the book illustrations.