"OMG! It's like a sewing lesson ... the construction details in this one are spectacular."
That's what one of our pattern testers had to say about this pattern. And we love it too!
When a member of our design team spotted a 1943 doll trousseau collection in a bin of old patterns, we knew immediately how we were going to commemorate original American Girl Molly's upcoming retirement. We don't like to think of it as retiring anyway, but rather moving on to bigger and better things. 18 inch doll Molly has been stuck wearing 8-11 year old girl outfits since 1986. They're marvelous outfits, sure - but isn't it possible that behind those gray eyes, Miss McIntire has been dreaming of her first truly stylish, big-girl suit?
Here's an outfit in which Molly can face whatever challenge comes next: our interpretation of that 1943 pattern's post-wedding "waving goodbye" outfit, including a suit jacket with curved front seams, blouson back and lapel facing; an A-line skirt with waistband, rear closure and inverse front pleat; a fitted slip with French seams and an internal yoke lining; and a close-fitting hat with tailored bow trim, internal facing and an optional full lining.
What's more, though the four pieces in this pattern make a wonderful 1940s ensemble, they can also be split up as vintage-inspired elements in any modern 18" girl's wardrobe, as our pictures show.
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Elizabeth Atwater Menes ("Pearl") is a fiction writer and historian with a background in costume design. Elizabeth has created costumes for theatrical and Hollywood film productions, and she lives on ...
Elizabeth Atwater Menes ("Pearl") is a fiction writer and historian with a background in costume design. Elizabeth has created costumes for theatrical and Hollywood film productions, and she lives on Pearl Street in creative West Los Angeles, California.
Rebecca Menes ("Lee") is a PhD economic historian with a background in business as the proprietor of The Vintage Cookie. Rebecca is also the homeschooling mom of a wonderful eight-year old, and she lives on Lee Street in historic Alexandria, Virginia.
Elizabeth and Rebecca grew up touring the Eastern United States with The Dragon Marionettes puppet company. They have worked on theatrical scripts, props and costumes since their teensy fingers could hold pens, hammers and needles.
Rebecca and Elizabeth – Lee & Pearl – would love to make sure other children have as much fun with imaginative play as they remember having.