This lovely pattern set is circa 1907... when the skirts were still fairly soft and full, and the blouses often had gathered puff sleeves and soft fullness on the bodice. This lovely day dress is a style which a lady might put on in the morning and wear throughout the day. Some women did change their clothing several times a day, but many did not, and this ensemble would have been worn with contentment about the house, or perhaps by donning a hat, to a store on a quick errand.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PATTERN: The four gored skirt has soft hand stitched shirring at the waist to control the fullness. Her blouse has an inner bodice of white cotton, with a gathered tucker, and the over bodice of patterned cotton is slightly gathered for style and ease, and then confined at the waist, with a silk ribbon belt. The waistband of the bodice attaches with hooks to the skirt’s waistband. Her perky hair bow is made from starched cotton with hand rolled edges, and is trimmed with Valenciennes lace. I made the skirt as shown in lightweight cotton sateen, the inner bodice of white cotton voile, and the polka dot bodice of vintage sheer cotton lawn
Skirt: lightweight or sheer cottons or silks.
Blouse: Inner bodice: thin cottons such as voile or lawn. Habotai silk.
Bodice: thin, slightly sheer cottons such as lawn, batiste or voile. Lightweight, soft silks.
Cottons may be starched to make them easier to handle.
The front cover of the pattern shows several views in 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 The 1159 was originally made for the French market (as well as for the German market) and has been found on antique French lady bodies.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.
You are buying the pattern only...the doll and other accessories shown are not included.
My pattern for Underclothing Circa 1900 properly supports this style.