Trip to Colonial Times- Thimbles and Acorns 1770-01 En Forreau Gown

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I decided to actually make one of my dolls a new outfit. Several of the past items I made went to my dad’s work’s toy drive to brighten a little girl’s holidays.  Alright, I will admit before Thanksgiving I did make myself the Piccadilly outfit (top and skirt).  But realistically, I haven’t made as many items for my dolls as I have for my dad’s work.

With eight dolls, one needs to decide who get the new outfit. This time I decided on Felicity.  She is really the only doll (besides Rebecca but she can share with Samantha) that doesn’t have a hand-made outfit.

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Now on to deciding what I wanted to make Felicity. I had the Pleasant Company patterns and two patterns by Thimbles and Acorns.  I decided to go with the Thimbles and Acorns’ 1770 En Forreau Gown.  I mainly chose this one because I had nice coordinating fabrics and I had seen one review of it before.  I decided to use the same linen look poly/ rayon (from Molly’s suit) and a blue floral quilting cotton that I got from the remnant bin.  I used a white cotton for the lining.  Before I could use the linen look poly/ rayon for myself, I went ahead and cut another of Lee & Pearl’s Molly’s suit for next year’s toy drive. (I did go ahead and warn my dad that next year’s doll clothing collection could be overwhelmingly cute.)

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This is the first time I have used a Thimbles and Acorns pattern. This pattern is rated at intermediate skill level.  I would say that rating is absolutely correct.  The instructions are very well written.  I did have a little bit of confusion when it came to the En Forreau back of the gown and the pleats.  There are three pleats on the back.  One in the center and one on either side.

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As I haven’t used this company’s patterns before, I wasn’t certain of the best alterations to get it to fit my Felicity doll (remember she is from around 1993 to 1995 so she is chubbier than current dolls). The pattern did state that most body size variations can be accounted for with adjusting the closure or minor modifications.  Therefore, I didn’t make any changes to the pattern.  As I was making it, I was thinking it was going to be too tight to put on my doll.  The fit of this was much better than I thought it would be.  Actually if Felicity didn’t have her shift on, I think the fit would be fine.  It is tight but not so tight that I wouldn’t be able to get it on my doll.  I used Velcro instead of snaps for the front closure.

The petticoat was very quick and easy to put together.  I think the next time I would prefer to use Velcro for the closure instead of ribbon.  I did use a fairly thin ribbon so that may be why I just don’t feel the skirt has the support it needs.

I haven’t really worked on Butterick 6108 or Colette Pattern’s Lady Grey jacket.  Without finished garment measurements on the pattern, Lady Grey was sort of scary to trace out around Thanksgiving.  So instead of working on the two together, I will need to do each separately.  I think I will start with Butterick 6018 since the pattern is rated as easy.  Right now, I am trying to finish up my Jungle January piece.

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Trip to Colonial Times- Thimbles and Acorns 1770-01 En Forreau Gown

  1. Oh wow thats beautiful, I am totally inspired. My mother recently passed away and she had a massive collection of original AG dolls and swag. Think walk in closet filled to the brim. I have two daughters that were suppose to inherit most of it, but my sister sold it all online without telking me what the…….anyway I just realized I now must make what I can so my girls have the sweet memories that I do. Im really only into the historic dolls. Long story short I just logged onto pattern review and yours was the first thing I saw. Made my day to read your blog and see the beautiful outfit you made. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Very nice! My sister has a chubby Felicity doll and I know exactly what you mean, glad it didn’t cause too many problems with this pattern.

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