18th Century Hoodie for for 18 inch American Girl Doll by Thimbles and Acorns
The idea that women played an insignificant role in society before the 19th century is somewhat misleading. Despite their lack of personal rights, access to education, and opportunities outside of the home, most women were able to surmount these obstacles to some degree, contributing to society from behind the scenes. Not only did they take an active role in the livelihood of their families, they had significant influence on their husbands and children. An influence that often reached well beyond their family circle.
Until the Industrial Revolution, running the family home also meant running the family business. Most households not only produced their own food and clothing, but were also the centers of production. Although their chief occupation centered on the needs of their families, women could often be seen working alongside or supporting their husbands in their trade or profession.
The heavy wide skirted gowns so commonly portrayed in 18th century fashions were not the most practical of clothing, and were not commonly worn by most women. Because of their active roles, women chose simpler garments such as close fitting jackets and loose fitting shortgowns for daily wear. Not only were they less cumbersome, they were more economical as they required less fabric and time to make. The styles of these jackets varied with social status. Working class women and slaves wore plain, simply cut jackets, whereas higher class women chose fancier cuts with embellishments such as cuffs and trims.
Though the vital roles that women played in society were often disregarded, the extent of their contributions under such restraint was profound. The independence fought for and won by the United States awakened a desire for independence around the world. An independence not just for nations, but for individuals as well. By the 19th century, women would no longer be content living in the shadows of men, but would begin the long and arduous struggle to take their God given place at their side.
This pattern features a beautifully flared jacket that can be made with or without a hood. It fastens in front with either a hook and eye tape or eyelet closures. The jacket is fully lined and the 3/4 sleeves are cut at an angle and tucked at the elbow to form a graceful curve. Also included are instructions for making the historically accurate petticoat.
An 17 page pattern in PDF format will be sent to you by e-mail after purchase. It is designed to print on standard 8 -1/2" x 11" paper. The pattern is EASY and the perfect choice for beginning seamstresses.
This listing is for a PDF version of the pattern. A printed version is available upon request, but will include a $3.45 printing and shipping charge.
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Last Revised: 4/1/13
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.