|Felicity is an American Girl colonial doll.|
When I learned about the challenge, it was easy to adapt my plans to a Regency-era gown with the same features that I admired in the original inspiration. I did some research to determine the historical accuracy of what I had in mind, and came across this blog post about apron-front gowns. This was the first I had heard the term, so I quickly familiarized myself with the concept and found some useful sources to help me figure out how to realize the complicated construction. I used Simplicity 4055 as my base pattern, with several modifications.
For one thing, I omitted the button back closure, simply cutting the center back pieces on the fold with no seam allowance. I also cut the bodice front in three pieces instead of two:
|The first two I cut out normally, then sliced down the fold line. For the apron front I cut on the fold with the pattern folded over as shown.|
|Front apron open|
I still need to add the ties and bind the neckline edges with bias tape. The sleeves are the only thing that's completely done. I used bias tape for the sleeve binding.
|Front apron closed|
This will be a nice versatile day dress when completed. I plan to dress it up with ribbon sashes, spencer jackets, shawls, turbans, and perhaps a pelisse or two. Then all I'll need is a reason to wear it! :p