Create a beautiful early 1900's historical dress for your American Girl® doll with the Lady Lilly's Winter Evening Dress PDF Pattern from Love U Bunches. An Edwardian Lady would always dress for dinner. From her head to her toes, she would be covered in luscious, soft draping fabric, lace, feathers, and jewelry. And of course, formal over-the-elbow evening gloves!
The pattern also includes instructions for a short version of the dress (without the collar and beads). Turn Lady Lilly's gown into a sweet Day Dress! Perfect for summer!
For the dress:
-1/2 yard fashion fabric (silk, satin)
-1/4 yard lining fabric
-1 yard 2 1/2" flat lace (or 2 1/4")
-1/2 yard 3/8" velvet ribbon
-Matching sewing thread
-3 small hook and eye sets (size 1)
-Embellishments: vintage buttons, petite seed beads, decorative beads
-Beading needle or quilting tween needle
-Invisible marking pen or chalk marker
-Lace hem tape (optional)
For the headpiece:
-Variety of feathers
-2" square piece of felt
-Contact cement (E6000)
-Embellishments: rhinestone jewelry, buttons, beads
For the gloves:
-2 way stretch fabric 16" x 8"
-Matching sewing thread
-Fine point disappearing marking pen
-Stretch sewing machine needle
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 32 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 text only page of instructions is also included to save on printing ink! 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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This is an excellent pattern with great results. I enjoyed making the gloves and feather headpiece. I didn't attempt the beading. I was making for a Journey girl doll which are slimmer than American Girl so I had to adjust the back pieces to meet and close with hook and eye rather than overlapping as most backs do. The lace detail at the back of the dress is beautiful but you need to take care to make it symmetrical.
I've now made 3 dresses with this pattern, and each one has been unique and beautiful. This pattern is easy to follow with very clear instructions. You can easily customize this dress, or you can keep it simple and modern if you wish. The gloves were a nice bonus as I can use those with other patterns. The hair clip instructions were also very clear.
Loved it! Made This for my grand daughter after an interest in the period of Downton Abbey. If you follow the pattern step by step there will be no issues. It just falls into place made the other one Miss Lilly's tea gown also. I had no issues and they fit the doll wonderful. Love these patterns.
I enjoyed making Lady Lilly's afternoon tea dress...Her Winter Evening dress went together even better! The feather hair pieces were so cute I ended up making 6 at the first try. I found a feather piece where the feathers were glued to felt, so I started with a small scrap to start with and glued some of the feathers together with a strong bead and craft glue. Worked wonderfully, just keep the felt small enough so it won't be seen. 4 Pair of evening gloves and a bag ( my fiddling around, pattern not included) rounded out the accessories. I have a dress that looks like the picture on the pattern, a silver sequin gown, and a turquoise crepe gown. These were completed in one day. I sew quickly, so it may take longer for you but trim makes all the difference. I didn't do the beading. My hands are not steady enough. Thank you for the fun pattern. I would love to see more of Lady Lilly. More historical patterns please for us Grandmas who love their dollies!