1850s dress for Cecile

This dress is very special for me. I made it using a pattern by Keepers Dolly Duds. A long time ago I saw another Cecile in a similar light blue dress. I fell in love with both (the doll and the dress) immediately. Later I found out that a pattern for that dress was available. And when I got my Cecile I knew that she must wear a blue dress made from that pattern! It took me time to find the right fabric. In the end, I bought one meter of it in our local quilt shop – I loved the colour and the parsley pattern. The white cotton trim was bought from Thimbles and Acorns – yet another brilliant place for historical patterns for dolls.

So, it is a girl dress from the 1850s, although I think it looks beautiful, no matter whether it is intended to be historical or contemporary. I messed up the top skirt the first time around (the instructions stated that I needed to clip the inside corners of the scallops which I did – and ended up with holes there), so I had to cut it out again and sew the lace on without clipping the corners. I will probably make a skirt from the damaged over skirt some time later.

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I also made the pantaloons – from Thimbles and Acorn pattern. They close at the back with a button. The socks and the boots are from American Girl (the socks are original Cecile’s socks and the boots were borrowed from Marie-Grace).

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The dress on the dolls stand – it looked so pretty that I decided to take a few photos of the dress on it, too.

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14 thoughts on “1850s dress for Cecile

  1. Очень красивое платье, такое нежное. И, действительно, на манекене оно смотрится потрясающе 🙂

    1. Марина, спасибо большое! Жаль, ткани практически не осталось – я надеялась, еще на одно платье хватит. Только если юбка теперь из испорченной верхней юбки получится…

  2. Не знаю, кто как, а фанаты шитья, наверно, пищат от изнанки 🙂

    Очень Сесиль цвет платья идет.

    1. Юля, спасибо большое! Цвет прямо под нее подбирался! http://www.swish-swirl.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_heart.gif От изнанки тащусь сама. Там подкладка с изнанки по выкройке была с fusible interlining, поэтому она очень интересно смотрится. Я сначала думала опустить этот момент, а потом стало интересно, что получится.

  3. Оленька, так красиво, восхитительная девочка получилась!!! Я бы наверное ещё одно такое платье для манекена сшила http://www.swish-swirl.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif Ему тоже идёт!!!

    1. Леночка, спасибо большое! http://www.swish-swirl.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif Еще одно такое платье я по-любому сошью – дочка своей кукле хочет. http://www.swish-swirl.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif Правда, из другой ткани, этой у меня не осталось, да и дорогая она была.

  4. I have made this dress using this pattern. Your take on it is so lovely. I love the blue and will now have to consider using it for my Cecile. She is just the prettiest doll.

    1. Thank you, Diane! I would love to see your dress!! I think this pattern is so beautiful. And I agree, Cecile is very pretty – such a shame she will be gone soon…

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