The Flossie Potter "Sisters" dress pattern was created around two of my granddaughters. Bernadette is dainty and fanciful, imagining herself as a princess. Cecilia loves animals and playing in the dirt. Sometimes she wears her sister's dresses, but she's never a princess.
So these two dresses are for an imaginary Bernadette and Cecilia from the past. They're similar, but they're not alike. The girls play and share secrets and help each other with chores such as spinning yarn.
Have fun making one or both of these dresses! Pair it with the "18th & 19th Century Homespun Handicrafts" pattern to make your doll displays come alive!
And don't forget to add some fancy footwear with the Colonial Accessories pattern!
This PDF sewing pattern has 23 pages of instruction with full-color photo illustrations, 10 pages of summary instructions (to save on printer ink!), and 10 pattern pieces. It is designed to fit 18" dollls such as American Girl®.
Recommended Fabrics: Cotton, dupioni silk, batiste, lace, bias tape
1/3 yd of medium-weight fabric such as cotton or dupioni silk
1/4 yd of lining fabric such as batiste
1 - 2 packages Wide single-fold bias tape (depending on how much trim you decide to use)
1 1/2 yds of 1/8"-wide elastic
OPTIONAL: 1 yd of 1/2"-wide lace
3/4 yd of pleated lace (minimum 2 1/2" wide)
1 yd of 1/2"-wide ribbon
1/2 yd of 1"-wide ribbon-hole lace
OPTIONAL: any extra trim for center bodice
Sewing machine with zig-zag capability
Rotary cutter (helpful)
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 48 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.Download, Print, Sew!
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I love the Flossie patterns. This is the first one that I think could have been made easier. I am referring to the lace sleeve. I have done other sleeves with this style of gathered shaped lace trim. Shaping a flat piece of lace and then gathering it would have made the sleeve construction easier. All in all another great pattern.
Overall was good but I had a hard time doing the lining for the bodice and understanding how it was supposed to work. I had to improvise. Maybe better pictures? I love the look. I only tried the sleeve with elastic and found the instructions for the other sleeve lace to be a bit daunting.
I love Flossie Potter Historical patterns. The details are always great. Good step by step instructions and photos. I made Bernadette dress with the lace sleeves.
Flossie Potter patterns are known for their historical accuracy and attention to detail. This pattern is no exception!! During testing, I made both versions of the dresses and had a great time doing it. There are excellent directions and a multitude of pictures to help you on your way to beautiful Colonial dresses. Whether you make one or both of the versions, you will definitely get a great return on your investment!