On Friday (January 5th, 2018) we will offer a pattern from Shari Fuller of Thimbles and Acorns for free as a special one-day only event. We'd love to have you vote to help us decide which pattern will win, then be sure to come back Friday to get your free copy.
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More information about the patterns:
The Irish Kinsale Cloak Designed To Fit 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl®: The cloak is one of the most enduring of outer garments throughout history. The use of scarlet cloth for hooded cloaks in the 18th century was so popular in Britain and and it's American colonies that they became considered a traditional British garment for both men and women during this time. While visiting the countryside in Oxfordshire in 1750, Madame du Bocage noted: 'People of this class have their houses well furnished, are well-dressed and eat well; the poorest country girls drink tea, have bodices of chintz, straw hats on the heads and scarlet cloaks upon their shoulders'.
The Kinsale Cloak is a traditional Irish cloak. This PDF Pattern features a drawstring hood that provides ample room for the taller hairstyles that were popular in the late 18th century.
The 1770 En Fourreau' Gown Designed To Fit 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl®: Create a beautiful historical fashion for your 18 inch doll! This gown is based on the popular En Forreau' dress style from the 1770's where the bodice and skirt at the center back were cut in one piece and pleated to fit. The gown and the matching petticoat are made of an 18th century reproduction print. The cuffs feature a small pleat at the inside elbow and the sides have hidden openings to access pockets. Dresses from this time period were often fastened in the front with straight pins..... for practical reasons, I opted to use snaps instead. The gown can be worn down or tied up with the hidden tapes to form a bustle. The petticoat is historically detailed with front and back ties that form pocket openings at the sides.
The Hunting Frock Designed To Fit 18 Inch Dolls Such As Contemporary Doll Logan From American Girl®: This two piece outfit had its origins in the back country beyond the Blue Ridge Mountain in the early 18th century. A unique combination of European and Native American dress, it became an indispensable garment among the men who made their living hunting and trapping for the European market. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, it was adopted as the first uniform of the Continental Army, giving the American troops a distinctive and unifying appearance. The Hunting Frock features a double cape and a skeeve with either a gathered or straight wrist. It wraps around the body and closes with one button at the neckline and a sash at the waist that can be made with an unfinished strip of cloth or woven ribbon. The breeches have a drawstring waist with a loose fitting seat. Both pieces are trimmed with a self-fabric fringe, gving it a distinctive American Frontier look. This PDF sewing pattern is sized to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl® and other similarly sized dolls. Recommended Fabrics: Frock and Breeches in medium weight linen, cotton muslin, or chamois cloth (wash and press new chamois cloth before using to smooth out the nap so it will be less likely to attract dirt). Not suitable for knits.
18th Century Underpinnings Designed To Fit 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl®: The distinct style of ladies’ dress in the 18th century was achieved by a complex succession of layers that began with the underpinnings. Underpinnings were what we might refer to as underwear today, and they provided the basic structure and dimension that made 18th century fashion unique. The name is somewhat deceptive, however, as underpinnings weren't always out of sight - they were simply the first layers of a complete outfit. In fact, for a working class girl, the underpinnings may have been all that she wore from day to day.
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