1770 En Forreau" Gown

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1770 En Forreau" Gown Pattern


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Doll/Doll Clothing

Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • This is a more advanced pattern and a good knowledge of basic sewing skills are necessary to be successful. You must be able to manipulate small pieces, make straight pleats.

Pattern Description:

Pattern 1770-01

1770 Style En Forreau' Gown by Thimbles and Acorns

This gown is based on the popular En Forreau' dress style from the 1770's where the bodice and skirt at the center back were cut in one piece and pleated to fit. The gown and the matching petticoat are made of an 18th century reproduction print. The cuffs feature a small pleat at the inside elbow and the sides have hidden openings to access pockets. Dresses from this time period were often fastened in the front with straight pins..... for practical reasons, I opted to use snaps instead. The gown can be worn down or tied up with the hidden tapes to form a bustle. The petticoat is historically detailed with front and back ties that form pocket openings at the sides.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Fits 18-inch dolls such as American Girl, Journey Girls, Harmony Club, and Madame Alexander.


  • Gown: 1/2 yard lightweight fabric such as cotton, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits. 1 yard 1 - 1/2 inch wide flat lace. Bodice Lining: 1/6 yard of lightweight fabric such as cotton batiste or muslin (scrap pieces or fat quarter work well). Lining may be white or another color that compliments the dress fabric. Not suitable for knits. Petticoat: 1/3 yard lightweight cotton, linen, or silk fabric. Not suitable for knits

You Will Also Need:

  • Closures: For Gown and Petticoat, 4 size 4/0 snaps and 2 yards 1/4 wide cotton twill tape. Fichu (Neckerchief): 1 small ladies handkerchief

About Designer

About Designer

Shari Fuller on craftsy.com

I had my first real sewing lesson with my Grandma Switzer when I was about eight years old. After watching her in awe while she worked at her sewing machine, she helped me pick out a pattern for a doll that was just like I imagined Laura Ingall's doll Charlotte looked like. We then dug through her closet full of fabric scraps to find just the right pieces for the doll and several dresses. She ...

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