The freedom and liberty fought for in the American and French Revolutions fanned the embers of the Industrial Revolution where innovations in textile production, steam power, and iron making led the way to changes in industry that would influence almost every aspect of daily life throughout the 19th century. After the fall of the elite class during the French Revolution, the average income and population experienced unprecedented growth which lead to the formation of middle class society which would rise up as the new leading force. As the economy grew and the cost of goods decreased, this new middle class was able to enjoy many of the finer things in life once out of their reach. The plain flowing dress styles that had marked the early Regency period gave way to more and more elaborate fashions that would come into full bloom by the 1930s. As the end of the Regency Era drew near, dresses of the middle class mirrored the extravagance of the 18th century aristocrat. The prevalent trend of Romanticism from the 1820s through the 1840s inspired a new demure and picturesque dress silhouette with natural waistlines, sloped shoulders, large puffed sleeves, and full skirts. At least a dozen different sleeve patterns with romantic names such as Cavalier, Donna Maria, Sultan, Medici, and Gigot emerged. As the fashion trend progressed, sleeves grew so large that they often used almost as much fabric as the skirt, and required some sort of structured support to maintain their shape. Critics of the exaggerated proportions often compared women to ants and bottle spiders. When Queen Victoria took the throne in 1837, however, the enormous sleeves began to deflate as the young queen brought with her an air of propriety and morality that would be reflected in the dress of the Victorian Era. As the Industrial Revolution continued through the rest of the century, extravagance continued, but in a much more restrained manner.
This 1830s era dress pattern features full Gigot sleeves that snap at the wrist for a fitted forearm that sets off the fullness of the upper sleeve. The sleeve itself can made with a full pouf at the shoulder or bound to push the fullness toward the elbow. The lined bodice has a pleated overlay and and closes in the back with buttons or snaps. Below the trimmed waistband falls a full gathered skirted finished with two rows of ruffles.
This PDF sewing pattern is sized to fit American Girl® and other similarly sized dolls.
Recommended Fabrics: Suggested Fabrics: Dress, Lining, and Bias Trim in lightweight to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits.Supplies Needed:
Skill Level: Intermediate
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This dress was added to our household's historical collection. I am pretty happy with how the first dress came out! Next time I will use a less busy fabric, so as to show more of the dress's details. This pattern did take some time, but I like it very much!
My favorite dress pattern ever!!!! I made both variations of the dress. Love the sleeve construction. It's challenging but not hard. The fit is great on my PC dolls too. Great instructions and illustrations.
I just made this in a beautiful red cotton paisley. It is beautiful. The sleeves with a placket turned out great. Wonderful, concise instructions. The details make this dress special.
I love this pattern. I have not yet made it up, but I cut it out and like the way it goes together. Thimbles and Acorns patterns never disapoint.
Melangell and I made this dress during one of our sewing group sessions. I used a rustic check and she used a white batiste. Same pattern, two totally different dresses. Hers turned out to be a fine, elegant dress fit for a garden party. Mine looks like it could be found in a little house, perhaps on a prairie! Such a versatile pattern. Love the pleating on the bodice. Take a close look at the sleeves. This pattern makes a dramatic sleeve that you won't see very often. Shari's instructions were clear and made what looks like a complicated pattern an easy to follow pattern. The upper sleeve design with the gathering details combined with the easy to follow placket sleeve instructions make this a pattern to own.