The Silk Road, by Thimbles and Acorns The Silk Road dress was inspired by this traditional Chinese garment, a Shenyi, from the Qin Dynasty (221 - 206 BC). Traditional Chinese garments trace their beginnings to the Shang Dynasty (1600 - 1000 BC) from which each dynasty created its own unique style that was deep with symbolic meaning. These garments were inseparable from silk which tradition says was discovered by the Legendary Yellow Emperor’s consort, Leizu, (ca. 2698 - 2598 BC). The Silk Road dress pattern is an easy to make design that features a doubled-wrapped design that creates gracefully spiraled layers. The unique wrapping of the dress creates interesting angles that work well with striped and plaid fabrics. Two simple side ties are all that is required to fasten this fully lined dress, making it fun and easy to sew and put on. The simple styling adapts easily to both formal and casual wear.
Pattern #2020-01 PDF Pattern for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl®
Suggested Fabrics: Dress in light to medium weight fabrics such as quilting cotton, cotton shirting, batiste, muslin, linen, gingham, silk dupioni, satin, taffeta, corduroy, gauze (for Mummy Dress), or velveteen. Not suitable for knits. Dress Lining in light to medium weight fabrics such as quilting cotton, cotton shirting, batiste, muslin, linen, gingham, silk dupioni, satin, gauze (for Mummy Dress), or taffeta. Not suitable for knits.Supplies Needed:
- 48-inches 3/4 - 2-inch wide flat or gathered lace for edging
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- 48-inches 1-inch wide trim for outer edging
- 48-inches 3/8-inch wide flat lace for inner edging
- About 24 assorted small buttons for “ornaments”
- 48-inches 1-inch wide bias cut gauze for edging
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
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I love the dress, but I discovered it was too tight for my doll. I split the pattern down the back and added about 3/8th inch. I also added a bit to the side seams. It fits beautifully now.