Inspired by gowns worn during the Civil War period, this PDF pattern includes fully illustrated instructions and professionally drawn patterns to make two variations of the dress, as well as the pantaloons. It also includes detailed instructions on how to transform an ordinary straw hat into a Civil War era bonnet. It is rated intermediate, and recommended that you have basic sewing skills.
View A has a collar that folds back from a contrasting pin-tucked yoke. The full sleeves have a cuff and a bell-shaped over-sleeve, typical of the period. It has bias contrast bands on the sleeves and skirt.
View B has a collar that folds back from a contrast yoke with a pleat in the center. It has puff sleeves finished with a narrow cuff, and a contrasting bias band on the full skirt. The bodice is embellished with buttons down the front and it has a matching bonnet.
The bonnet is typical of the era. It starts out as an ordinary straw hat, which is cut to shape, and the edges bound. Also included are directions for making fabric roses and leaves for embellishment.
To finish the outfit off, a pair of white pantaloons are included. They have a grow tuck and a lace edge, with an elastic casing at the waist.
If you would like to purchase a straw hat to embellish, it is available here.
Dress View A:
3/4 yard woven fabric (main dress)
1/2 yard woven fabric (pantaloons, yoke
Dress View B:
1/2 yard woven fabric (main dress)
1/4 yard contrasting bodice and sleeves
1/4 yard woven fabric (pantaloons and yoke)
8-9” purchased straw hat (available here) 4” diameter crown
30 “ (1/2” wide) ribbon for hat tie
Artificial flowers and ribbon if desired
Fabric scraps for flowers
3-4 decorative buttons
1 package single-fold bias tape for View A trim
Velcro® (available here)
snaps or buttons for closures.
Please Note: You may make garments to sell from the pattern, but please recognize Crabapples as the designer. If you do not sew, but would like to custom order an outfit to be made in your fabric or mine, contact me for a price quote and a custom listing. Pattern is designed to fit the AMERICAN GIRL® dolls as well as other 18″ dolls of similar size. I am not affiliated with AMERICAN GIRL® or Mattel®.