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1780s Girls’ Portrait Dress Pattern
1780s Girls’ Portrait Dress Pattern

SS124 – 1780s Girls’ Portrait Dress Pattern. Sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14 all included in one envelope. The dress options in this pattern were inspired by the beautiful portraits of the 1780s and by extant garments in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Museum of London. Who has not admired the beautiful, pastoral portraits of the late Georgian Era? Family groupings set in fields and beneath trees painted by artists like Thomas Gainsborough marked a departure from the stiffer, more formal portraits of a generation before. Children in these paintings gradually made an amazing transition from miniature adults to playful, happy youngsters in relaxed poses. Some favorite paintings are by George Romney and Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun. Inspired by these lovely, classic portraits, came this lovely dress pattern to make any young lady the beautiful child from a historical painting. This pattern includes options for a smooth-bodice dress that fastens up the back and a gathered bodice dress that slips over the head. It also offers elbow-length sleeves with optional ruffles and fitted long sleeves. Appendices give directions for using sheer fabrics, making tucks, and more. Illustrated instructions make construction easy! Options for long sleeves, and elbow-length sleeves with optional ruffles. A wide sash or ribbon around the waist gives these dresses a darling “Kate Greenaway” look (sash instructions included). The pattern is rated “intermediate” because of the lining and under-stitching, but it is really not difficult to put together.

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