Obviously, the most famous 11 1/2" fashion doll is Barbie. Known for half a century for her imitable style and taste, who better to model your historical sewing creations. At one point, Mattel even offered an Empress Josefine Barbie!!
Vogue is currently offering several stunning Regency patterns for Barbie. They inclue a gown, headpiece, bonnet, reticule and pelisse. Check them out at your local fabric store!
Here are some other patterns readily available for sewing vintage style clothing for Barbie. Click on each picture for a larger view and full pattern cover.
By far the most popular of the 18" dolls are those in the American Girl Collection. Two of the dolls in particular (Felicity- 1774 and Josefina-1824) embody the period feel of the Georgian-Early Victorian timeline. The Pleasant Company provides books, dolls (both 18" and 6"), clothing and accessories for each of their creations. Many other periods are also covered.
Anbother wonderful choice is the new "Beautiful Girlhood" collection by Vision Forum. Similar to the American Girl dolls in style, they provide historical dress-up clothes, stories, dolls and accessories from a Christian point of view. Well worth checking out!! Check out their Dolley Madison doll for a great Regency look.
One other choice in this catagory is the "Make it yourself" type dolls now available in craft and fabric stores. My doll was a basic kit, modified with a wig from a doll maker and a dress created from left-over scraps of my "Boxhill" dress. A cinch!
Finally, here are some of the patterns readily available for sewing your own 18" doll clothes. Click on each picture for a larger view and full pattern cover.