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1860s Sack Coat and Pants - Enlisted Civil War Uniform - Union or Confederate by Thimbles and Acorns
This time, I am trying something completely different.... as the mother of four boys it was inevitable that I would have to do something for them.
During the Civil War it was not uncommon for boys as young as 12 years of age to enlist as drummer boys. Though they weren't technically soldiers, they were still close to the battle lines and often took up arms when battles became heated. This uniform is patterned after the standard pants and sack coat issued to enlisted men and is the same style worn by Johnny Clem, who at 9 years of age became the youngest soldier of the Civil War... actually, of any American war.
This pattern has been carefully researched with close attention to detailing. The pants have a fly front with a small working silver button and two front pockets. The jacket features a unique pocket in the front that is accessed through the front placket. The jacket is fully lined ... just like the original.
This Uniform was fit on an older, thicker bodied 18 inch American Girl doll body, but the design fits the newer , slimmer body sizes as well.
*PLEASE NOTE* The shirt is shown for modeling purposes only and is not included in this pattern. It will be part of an upcoming Civil War Uniform pattern,
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 ...
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 showed me how to lay out the pattern carefully, so as not to waste any fabric. Having grown up during the depression, “Waste not, want not” was more than and old adage to her. She taught me to make basic hand stitches and all my first projects were done by hand because “you needed to learn to sew by hand before you could learn to sew by machine you know”. I remember how amazing it was to see the odd shaped pieces transform into beautiful dresses right there in my hands. We spent many evenings together sewing dolls and dresses while watching “Little House on the Prairie” and much to Grandpa's dismay, Grandma and I would usually use the arm of the couch as a pincushion. He never appreciated getting an armful of pins when he would sit down to watch football, but he was a good Grandpa and insisted on getting me the entire set of Little House on the Prairie books for Christmas. Every couple of years I still pull out those books he gave me and read them again. These are some of my favorite memories of my grandma and grandpa and they are stitched into every dress I sew.