Kindred Thread… the very name evokes a feeling of camaraderie and shared passions. For some time, I have admired the endearing creations behind that name, and this spring I was delighted to have the opportunity to work with one of the talented ladies behind those creations. Meg Lineberger is a true kindred spirit, and I can’t tell you how excited I am about publishing our first pattern together.
The Cape Island Dress is a beautifully-crafted reproduction of an iconic 1860s girls’ dress from the collection of the Wisconsin Historical Museum! The pattern features short raglan-style sleeves and a wide shallow scooped neck with a narrow yoke emphasizing the neckline. The calf-length skirt can be pleated or gathered into a wide self-fabric waistband. One version has a pleated bodice and skirt, puffed sleeves with fitted cuffs, and soutache braid trim applied in the highly decorative Victorian fashion. The other version features a simple gathered bodice and skirt with delightful pintuck detailing. As an added bonus, Meg had opted to offer her pattern in three sizes designed specifically to fit 18-inch American Girl, 18-inch Gotz, and 16-inch A Girl For All Time dolls.
This is the first of what I hope to be many patterns from Meg, and plans are already in the works for her next one. Meg has been considering all your comments this last week, and I wonder, will it be divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever, or angelically good? Perhaps we will have a sneak peek ready in time for the next newsletter.