PDF Pattern 18th Century Housewife Doll Sewing Kit for 16 inch dolls such as A Girl for All Time and 18 inch dolls such as American Girl

PDF Pattern 18th Century Housewife Doll Sewing Kit for 16 inch dolls such as A Girl for All Time and 18 inch dolls such as American Girl



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The "18th Century Housewife" pattern will help you create a popular accessory used by men and women alike. The “housewife”, or “hussif”, is a miniature sewing kit with pockets and space for scissors, buttons, pins, etc. They often were handy for storing other small items the owner needed to stow away safely. The housewife was first seen in the 18th century and remained popular well into the 20th century. This pattern includes three pockets as well as a square of felt for storing pins. It is a perfect accessory to use up the beautiful scraps of fabric you may have left over from your historical clothing projects. You can make this as simple or decorated as you like, as women often embellished them beautifully with elaborate embroidery

This pattern will fit inside the Swish and Swirl "Georgiana 18th Century Pockets" Pattern (available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/647008656/pdf-pattern-bundle-ss1740-0102e?ref=shop_home_active_21 )

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Printable PDF pattern designed to fit 16 and 18 inch dolls.

Pattern is for the "18th Century Housewife" Doll Sewing Kit, designed by Pemberley Threads.


- Pattern and instructions for sewing kit

Suggested fabrics: Lining – linen, cotton, silk, wool. Interlining – flannel, felt, wool. Outer fabric – cotton, linen. Pockets – cotton, linen. Binding and tie – cotton, linen. Felt square – felt, wool.

Notions: Matching thread, embroidery floss, embroidery needle, small charms/accessories to fill pockets, ½” long applique/sequin pins

Fabric: Scraps

Listing is for one pdf download pattern only. No clothing included. This pattern is copyrighted, however you may use it for making and selling doll clothing in your small scale home based business, as long as you credit Pemberley Threads for the pattern design.

Designed for the intermediate level sewist

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pinkduffield Feb 23, 2021

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This pattern is just SO STINKIN ADORABLE!!! I already have about eight different fabric combinations set aside to use with it!

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Suzanne Blakeslee Oct 20, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Oh, I just love this patterns for the Housewife. I'm very impressed with the pattern, this is the first I've seen for a doll. Thankyou so much. Suzanne

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Joanna Dec 1, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Actually bought this pattern along with one from Piecework to make myself a little huswife! I love how it turned out! The instructions are so easy to read too!

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Tanya Walker Oct 15, 2020

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Although I haven’t sewn this pattern up, but looking at the pattern, it is going to be sooo cute!!!

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