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Olivia is all ready for an afternoon of shopping, or visiting friends. After she gets home and removes her lovely velvet hat, she will be "at home" to receive her friends' visits or perhaps she will settle down by a bright window and work on her embroidery project.

Her ensemble is made from a fine wool crepe, trimmed with narrow black braid and running stitch embroidery on the skirt. Her top has an inset of tucked silk dupioni, and jabot and cuffs to match with a fringed edge highlighted by black top stitching. Her collar is attached at the back of the neck, and at the waistline. The skirt and blouse are separate pieces, and join with hooks on the waistbands, with a silk ribbon belt to cover the overlap.

This costume is unlined which is not the common way to construct an outfit of this type, but as the doll is so small, this preserves a graceful look. Skirt closure is in the back with an applied placket, and down the center front of the blouse with hooks and worked loops, and tiny buttons for decoration all down the front placket. The ruffled jabot is constructed then stitched in place at the neck.

The silhouette is the charming "pigeon breast" with elevated line at the upper skirt back, and the full drooping bodice in the front. Her sleeves are full at the wrist cuff as well, and softly gathered into the armhole. The five gore skirt has an attached flounce with both inverted and knife edge pleats. It has a lovely flair and sweep.

Her hat is made from wired buckram, covered in fine black velvet. The left side curves up, and the head size is oval. The trimming is of various silk ribbons formed into a variety of bows and rosettes, plus two red holly berries for an accent, and a curling ostrich plume.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PATTERN: This pattern comes packaged in a clear plastic sheet protector so you can insert it into a binder. The front cover of the pattern shows several views in full color. There are very clear directions and neatly drawn patterns to help you every step of the way!

This clothing was made to fit the Gildebrief French Fashion doll body (which makes up into a doll about 12" tall with the head) but should fit other similar size French Fashions as well, wth possibly minor adjustments.

My doll is Olivia, an exquisite Simon and Halbig 1159 made for me by Barbi Kantor-Goldenberg. The 1159 was originally made for the French market (as well as for the German market) and has been found on antique French lady bodies. Hence my consideration that she can be regarded as a later French fashion doll.

Designed and printed by by Dede Kern. You are buying the pattern... the dolls and other accessories shown are not included.

12" French Fashion doll AFTERNOON DRESS pattern for circa 1905 clothing.