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Historical Dress with Embroidery for 18-inch Dolls
On this page we give ideas for how to embellish a historical doll dress with embroidery. We used the designs from the Bird Art Nouveau Decorating Set.

We wanted to dress our doll as Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814) as depicted by one of the first US artists, John Singleton Copley. Mrs Warren wears a Sacque Back Gown, popular in her time. The pattern of the gown for 18-inch dolls is available on the Pixie Faire website.
Doll dressed in a 18-th century historical outfit.

We decorated a skirt and a stomacher. For these parts of the outfit we used 1/4 yard of sky blue cotton fabric. First we marked the position of the embroidery on the fabric, embroidered it, then cut out the patterns and sewed them.
Doll in a stomacher and skirt embellished with embroidery.

Here is what the outfit looks like with the sacque back gown on.
Doll is a saque back gown.

A close-up of the embroidery on the skirt.
Close-up of the embroidery on the skirt.

Our little Mrs Warren is ready to model for the artist.
Doll in a finished sacque back outfit.

Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814) was a writer and playwrihgt, who supported American Independence. She was known as the "Conscience of the American Revolution". She was one of the first female authors to be published in the US and set an important precedent for her successors. Her portrait by J.S.Copley is in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Portrait of Mercy Otis by J.S.Copley

We hope that you like our idea and find it useful.
Have fun!
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