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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 ...

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L&P 2021 - 18' Doll Glengarry Hat

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : L&P 2021 - 18' Doll Glengarry Hat
L&P 2021 - 18' Doll Glengarry Hat
L&P 2021 - 18' Doll Glengarry Hat
L&P 2021 - 18' Doll Glengarry Hat
L&P 2021 - 18' Doll Glengarry Hat
L&P 2021 - 18' Doll Glengarry Hat

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • This hat is rated EASY/INTERMEDIATE for curved seams - but with a limited number of detailed, photo-illustrated construction steps and computer-drafted pieces guaranteed to fit together this pattern might be a good choice for a beginner who wants to become more comfortable sewing curves.

Pattern Description:

Glengarry caps, or "bonnets," have been worn since the 18th century. Though initially a form of Scottish military headgear, the Glengarry quickly became popular for English and American civilians: not just men, but women and children as well. The style was particularly popular during the American Civil War era - and then again in the 1940s.

Lee & Pearl pattern #2021 takes the standard cap and exaggerates the lines ever-so-slightly into a more glamorous shape and a scale better suited to an 18 inch doll face. With a wide base, this hat sits squarely and securely on top of the head, though one can imagine 1940s stars like Rosalind Russell or Ida Lupino wearing it at a rakish tilt, low over the forehead and close to one eye. Any modern 18" doll will want to wear this hat as well, either for its Scottish, military or just plain cool retro style.

To reduce bulk, our Glengarry has no central seam on the tip, and instead features a recessed construction to mimic the look of a fashionable molded felt hat. We have included directions for both a bias band facing and an optional full lining.

Along with illustrated recommendations for trims that traditionally compliment the Glengarry shape - bias or shaped ribbon bands and feathers - we have added detailed directions for our own quick and foolproof technique to produce a JAUNTY RIBBON COCKADE.


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This pattern may be printed solely by the original purchaser. It may not be duplicated, redistributed, posted or resold without prior authorization from Lee & Pearl. If you use this pattern to make items to sell yourself, we ask that you give Lee & Pearl design credit in the description of those items. Thank you!

Lee & Pearl is not affiliated with Mattel, American Girl or any other company or organization.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Please be aware that 18 inch dolls can vary significantly in their measurements. These patterns were developed on a Mattel-era American Girl doll, and will fit differently on different dolls.


  • 1/4 yard light or medium weight woven fabric or felt
  • OPTIONAL: 1/4 yard very light (or soft) fusible interfacing (This pattern works best with fabrics that simulate the weight and flexibility of wool felt. Use your judgment to interface lightweight or loosely-woven fabric as needed.)
  • 1/2 yard single-fold bias tape (directions are included for making your own bias tape, for which you will need 1/3 yard of lightweight woven fabric)
  • Matching thread

You Will Also Need:

  • FInish your style with the trim of your choice: bias-cut ribbons or flexible millinery grosgrain (also called petersham or ribbon belting - look for the distinctive "toothed" edges), bias-cut fabric bands, ribbon bows, feathers, patches, beads, buttons, small jewelry findings, etc.
  • OR, follow our directions to make your own RIBBON COCKADE:
  • 1 yard 3/8" ribbon
  • Scrap of felt or crinoline
  • 1 bead or shank button
  • Sharp, slender pins

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