Have you heard? Joan Hinds, one of our favorite doll clothes designers, has a brand new book! Heritage Doll Clothes includes 20 outfits to make for 18-inch dolls, all inspired by America’s signature fashions from decades past. The book also includes a number of accessories, so you’ll have everything you need to take your doll – or your favorite little one’s doll – on a trip through history. Let’s take a look at some of the adorable designs:
This circa 1700s Fringed Plains Dress is a simplified version of the familiar Native American garment, the Plains three-strap dress. The dress is made from knit suede fabric to resemble natural leather suede.
This adorable Bibbed Party Dress, circa 1940s, features a bib front and puffed sleeves with tiny cuffs. Such a classic and adorable little design!
This Dropped-Waist Casual Dress reflects the fashions of the early 1900s. The dress is made with a pastel print with a darker contrasting collar, cuffs, piping and belt, and the knife pleats in the dress body add great detail to the design.
Lace ruffles and ribbon trim decorate this Colonial Formal Dress from the 1700s. The beautiful design is made with coordinating cotton prints and is worn over panniers (which Joan will also show you how to make in the book) in order to give the skirt its fullness.
Can’t you just picture little Laura Ingalls Wilder wearing this circa 1870s Prairie Dress? It has a white Peter Pan collar with long cuffed sleeves and a gathered skirt, and a floral apron and sunbonnet complete this precious ensemble.
Lacy white dresses were very popular in the early 1900s – and we still love them today! This White Picnic Dress features a broad cape-like collar with wide lace around the edge and the gathered skirt is also edged with lace. The waist is slightly dropped and topped with a pretty ribbon tied in the back with a bow.
This Circle-Skirt Dress with Contrast Collar is inspired by the fashions of the 1930s. The collar and cuffs are accented with bias trim and a ribbon belt adorns the waistline.
Heritage Doll Clothes includes a total of 20 dresses to make for 18-inch dolls, plus a lot of great accessory items. The designs are presented in chronological order, so you feel like you’re taking a trip through fashion history as you explore the book. A CD-ROM of printable patterns is included in the book, making it so easy to use and reuse these precious patterns. Learn more and order your copy of Heritage Doll Clothes in our store!
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