Crochet Spotlight: Edwardian Fashion Doll Gowns – Part 1

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of the Annie’s Attic collector gown series that were released in the 1990s.

One of my all-time favorite collections was the Turn-of-the-Century gowns, also known as the Edwardian Ladies collection. They came out originally in 1995 and 1996. You can still find copies on eBay. And a few shops on Etsy.com sell out-of-print fashion doll patterns as well.

They had narrower skirts than the previous collections, which featured Victorian ball gowns, 19th century southern belle gowns, and Gibson Girl gowns. So this meant they crocheted up much faster.

The other thing I loved about these patterns was because they all shared the same silhouette, it was easy to mix and match pieces from different patterns to create your own dress.

I made up a colorful collection of Edwardian Visiting Dresses doing just that as you can see here in these pictures. The yellow dress on the right is one from an Annie’s collection pattern (Miss January, 1996). The others are gowns I made inspired by the different patterns in the Annie’s collection. They have similar sleeve styles to the yellow dress, but the bodice uses lace (like Miss August, 1996 shown here on eBay.com) instead of a ruffle, and waistline is closer to Miss December, 1996 shown here on eBay.com).

Edwardian gown in peach, crocheted by Catherine Chant Edwardian Gowns in Red and Pink, crocheted by Catherine Chant Edwardian gown in yellow, crochet by Catherine Chant

In a future post, I’ll spotlight a few more gowns for the 1995 and 1996 collection.

Happy crocheting!

 

Published by Catherine Chant

Award-winning author Catherine Chant is an RWA Golden Heart® finalist. Her books are available at Amazon.com and other popular book retailers. Catherine is also an avid crafter and knit/crochet designer. Find out more at CatherineChant.com and CatherineChantCrochet.com.

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