Boone Frock & Cap

I finally started into some historical clothing sewing. It was a bittersweet experience. It felt so good to do sewing that was so familiar to me that I didn't even need instructions. The bitter part was that I couldn't help thinking of my historical sewing mentor, Suzanne, and how much I missed her. I kept thinking I should call her up to tell her about my latest projects but then I would remember that she's passed away. It was difficult, but like I said, it was bittersweet.

I decided to start small and sew a dress for my daughter. I've had these children's Civil War clothing patterns for something like 10 years and never had children to use them for. I even had fabric I had purchased as a single, childless teenager for my future children which is what I used for her dress. How insightful of me! It's not the prettiest fabric, but I didn't have to go out and buy it, so that was great!

Boone Frock by Period Impressions

So, I decided to make a Boone Frock for my daughter. It's an 18th century dress, but it's so simple and versatile. I remember seeing a little girl in one at a Civil War event and she was adorable and looked very comfortable. The problem was that I had the pattern, but no actual instructions. I was able to print off the picture (above) and use that as I guide, but I was a little nervous. I didn't even cut it out in scrap fabric, but just dove right in. Not really recommended, but there were only 5 pieces to cut, so I figured it was simple enough that it would be hard to mess up.

Thank goodness I have 9 years of historical sewing under my belt! There was one piece that was not included because you have to know the chest measurement of the child and just cut out 2 rectangular pieces of the right length to gather the front and back panels to. I guessed on the width. It took me just one day and I even whipped together a matching, blue linen cap with lace from another pattern I had. Wow! I was so proud of myself! I feel as if I haven't had a 7 year break from historical sewing. It's amazing how easily I slipped back into it. That bodes very well for my next project - my Regency corset! (I got the pattern and the wooden busk in the mail yesterday. Yippeee!)

Boone Frock with two growth tucks.
I just realized the square neck is much smaller than the one in the picture, but I didn't want to have it hanging off her shoulders.

A sweet little print, even if it's not the prettiest of colors....

Frock and cap. I only had a minimal amount of hand sewing to do on the dress.  And on the cap - none at all! How lazy is that! haha! I was even able to sew the lace on by machine, which is how I was able to put it together in under an hour.
I finished the dress late at night, so the next morning I showed it to my 2-year-old daughter and put it on her. She shouted "No!" and wanted it off right away. When I put the cap on her earlier yesterday, she also said, "No", and pulled it off. Hmm. I guess because it doesn't have doggies or kitties on it, it's not awesome enough. I really sewed this dress for the possibility of us going to the 150th Gettysburg event next year. I want us all to dress up as a family! Hopefully by then, she'll be more happy to dress in costume. We'll see! I wonder if a child's corset and corded petticoat would be pushing it a bit for her?.....


  1. I am so impressed that you can sew such a darling little dress with no pattern! It looks great! Do you want to come visit me in Logan and teach me how to sew?

  2. Why thank you! But, believe me, I DID have a pattern - I just didn't have the instructions that go with them because I copied the pattern from someone else's a long time ago. I would love to teach you to sew! I wish we lived closer. :-)


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