1810 Bib Front Regency Dress

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1810 Bib Front Regency Dress Pattern


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Doll/Doll Clothing

Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • This is an slightly advanced pattern that requires basic sewing skills as well as the ability to manipulate and line up small pieces.

Pattern Description:

Pattern 1810-01

1810s Bib Front Regency Dress by Thimbles and Acorns

The years 1795 through 1820 saw a dramatic shift in women's clothing styles. The stiff courtly gowns that marked the earlier 18th century were discarded for simple peasant style dresses in the midst of the French Revolution as no one wanted to risk being associated with the French Aristocracy class. As the French Revolution subsided, Napoleon led a number of military campaigns to Italy, bringing back many statues and artifacts from Greco-Roman ruins. A revival of all things "classical" was stirred. The austere peasant dresses that marked the French Revolution were easily transformed to mimic the garments depicted on the Greek and Roman statues by raising the waistlines to just below the breasts. This distinctive characteristic would come to epitomize the Empire and Regency Periods.
The Bib-Front dress, also known as the Apron-Front, High Stomacher, Placket-Front, and Drop Front Dress, was one of the most popular styles of the Early Regency Period. Its simplicity, versatility, and built in support made it an ideal choice for both day dresses and evening gowns. Its popularity waned after 1813, but it remained in use until the end of the Regency Period in 1820.

This Pattern features a 1810 style Bib Front Regency gown with a front tab closure under the bib that sits just below the breast. The sleeves are gently gathered at the shouler with a unique gathered cut-out detail near the sleeve band.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

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


  • Dress: 1/2 yard semi-sheer fabric such as Dotted Swiss, organdy, silk, or muslin OR 1/2 yard lightweight fabric such as cotton lawn, silk, linen, or batiste. Not suitable for knits. Dress Lining: 1/6 yard 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 dres fabric. If using a sheer or semi-sheer fabric for the dress, extra lining pieces will need ot be cut from this fabric for the bodice. Not suitable for knits.

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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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