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Pattern 1860-01

1860s Day Dress by Thimbles and Acorns

From 1840 to 1860 the focus of the woman's figure was her waistline and fashionable dresses were designed to accentuate this feature. The desired circumference of the waistline was 20 inches around. Take a look at your doll. Her waistline probably measures about 10 inches around. That would mean that fashion conscious women were trying to get their waistlines to just twice that of your doll's. To achieve this look women and girls as young as 10 years of age wore extremely tight corsets. To further diminish the waistline, dress skirts became extremely full. By the mid 1860's they as wide six feet in diameter.

This dress can be worn with or without a crinoline. The skirt is calf length, which was the appropriate length for a pre-teen girl during the Victorian Era.

A 17 page pattern in PDF format will be sent to you by e-mail after purchase. It is designed to print on standard 8 -1/2" x 11" paper. The basic pattern itself is not too difficult, but some sewing experience is helpful. Extra instructions are included for special details such as the smocked sleeves, pleated skirt, and piped seams.

This listing is for a PDF version of the pattern. A printed version is available upon request, but will include a $3.45 printing and shipping charge.

For customers who have already purchased this pattern that would like to request an updated version, please send me a convo with your receipt number and the e-mail address you would like it sent to.

Last Revised: 1/21/12

PDF Pattern for Civil War Era Day Dress 18 inch American Girl Doll