Item# S8578

Simplicity Pattern 8578 Misses' 18th Century Gown




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Travel back in time with this 18th century costume gown by American Duchess. Pattern includes full length gown and petticoat. Coordinates with undergarments pattern 8579. Please note: This pattern does not include neckline and sleeve lace embellishments. For instructions and more information, refer to The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking: How to Hand Sew Georgian Gowns and Wear Them With Style (Page Street Publishing). Click "Envelope Back" directly above for more information. Simplicity sewing pattern. Available as a printable pattern—for more information, see Printable Sewing Patterns.

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Simplicity Pattern 8578 Misses' 18th Century Gown is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beware that pattern sizing is wrong on envelope! The pattern sizing on the envelope is wrong - the correct measurements are listed on the bodice front piece. I measured at a 14 according to the envelope so I bought the 14-22 pattern group, but in reality I need a 12 so I will have to alter the pattern. Instructions are missing a few steps pertaining to what to do to wear the finished gown. There are ties in the bodice lining that I have learned are used for adjustment, but no mention in the instructions as to what to do with these ties. There are no instructions for putting on the petticoat either. Otherwise nice clear instructions, and so far pattern has gone together nicely (I have only made the petticoat).
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best 18th century pattern available! More please! It is simply marvelous to see a pattern like this available for purchase in a fabric store, and online. So many costume patterns are so far away from accuracy to a period that it is silly. I have made this pattern and the stays that go underneath, and I am carefully saving the pattern (which I never do) to make it again. The techniques in the pattern are advanced, but clear and the result is amazing! The finished dress looks just like I stepped out of a painting. Please bring more patterns from American Duchess.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Turned out beautiful I made this pattern and it turned out Beautiful. Because I'm between 14-16 I had to alter the pattern, but it was very easy to do. No problems at all. And because of the bows at the back, you can make it fit perfectly too.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pattern I've been waiting for! This pattern is one that I've been waiting for someone to produce for a LONG time! This is definitely an Advanced to expert level project but it isn't that hard if you have the book from American Duchess and know a little about the history of the gown itself. A wonderful pattern and a wonderful guide to one of the most confusing dresses of the 18th century!
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overrated pattern from overrated Those two bottom feeders at American Duchess have another "bland" pattern to promote. I don't recommend this pattern.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from One of the worst patterns I've ever used The sizing is painfully off, and the instructions are the most confusing I've ever read. I've seen fans of American Duchess saying to buy her book if you need instructions on assembling this gown, but that's bordering on fraud. When you buy a pattern with instructions, you shouldn't need to buy another book for the instructions. The front of the envelope does say that the embellishment instructions aren't included and that you need to buy the book for those instructions, but it says nothing about needing the book to assemble the included pieces. Now, I am an expert on this era, and I decided to buy this pattern as a basis for instructing a student who lives a distance from me. I'm glad I bought it before she did, because it gave me a chance to go over it. Aside from sizing and instructions, this is not an accurate pattern. AD is riding on her fan base believing what she says without question. It's clear that her in-person study of extant gowns is very little, if anything more than looking at a gown behind glass in a museum. This is another inaccurate pattern being treated as if it's historically accurate, and I'll be honest and say bluntly that I'm pretty disgusted at so many non-experts, or perhaps people who are experts at making historically-inaccurate costumes, presenting themselves as experts to a sycophantic fan base who doesn't know better and putting out bad patterns, especially one that ends up requiring purchasing her book to even try to assemble (just don't expect anywhere near correct fit--most patterns take some fitting, but this one will take why buy a pattern at all if you'll need to redraft from scratch?). Simplicity's penchant for publishing such bad historical patterns has finally resulted in me refusing to use them as a basis for my distance students.
Date published: 2018-05-27
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