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The Girls’ Romantic Era Dress is companion to the women’s Romantic Era Dress pattern. I’ve pulled sleeves and skirt width from the later Romantic period, but the fit is still very similar to the Ladies’ Romantic Era Dress. Early Romantic Girls’ fashions looked just like Regency fashions, so pulling those larger sleeves and wider skirts gives this a different look–and it will take you into the early Victorian Era if you simply lengthen the bodice by two inches! Dresses made from this pattern are meant for play, and I highly recommend getting the Pinafore/Pantaloon pattern so you can also create the requisite pantaloons.

  • Sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 & 10 all included in one ePattern.
  • Illustrated instructions make construction easy!
  • Options for long sleeves; short, puffed sleeves; cap sleeves; and flared flutter sleeves.
  • Photo Instructions in the works!
  • Click to download the Girls’ Romantic Dress Pattern yardage chart.
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  • Matching doll dress pattern also available!
  • This pattern is rated intermediate, but I’ve had newbies make these dresses with little assistance.

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5 comments on “Girls’ Romantic Era Dress Pattern”

  1. Hi Jennie,
    Would you have any suggestions for making this dress suitable for a simple ball-type dress for the Civil War Era? I already have this pattern and need to make dresses for two of my girls (ages 10 & 12), as this particular ball is family-friendly!

    • Actually, this pattern is already almost 100% correct for a girl’s Civil War Era ballgown. All you need to do is widen the skirt panels so they can be pleated or gauged into the waistline. Then you add the requisite petticoats, and there you are! The wide boat neckline of the time period is accurate for girls up until they became debutantes. 🙂

      • I know I’m late to the party with comments but wide boat neck dresses on girls were VERY common. I have a book of CW fashions and they have a children’s section. The girls up into their late teens almost always had the boat neckline.

  2. Thank you, Jennie! You are a world of help! I’m also hoping that I can adapt this pattern for my 14 yo, by sizing up and including darts. It’s worth a try, right? 🙂 Also, might you suggest a fabric that is suitable without being too costly? I think silk or taffeta might be out for me, since I have three dresses to make and they each will require lots of yardage. Thanks Again!!

    • Yep, you can certainly size it up and add darts. As for fabric, it would be quite appropriate to use a black watch plaid cotton, as plaid became wildly popular for little girls and teens in that time period. Have fun!

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