Meet Karen Wadsworth, Designer & Owner of Forever 18 Inches

Get To Know Karen and Her Brand Forever 18 Inches!

About Forever 18 Inches: Forever 18 Inches offers a diverse range of sewing patterns catering to doll enthusiasts, specifically focusing on 18-inch dolls like American Girl and similar sizes. Their brand boasts a versatile selection of designs, including trendy clothing, accessories, and even furniture patterns, allowing creators to personalize their dolls' wardrobes with that special touch. With attention to detail and style, Forever 18 Inches provides patterns suitable for various skill levels, enabling both beginners and experienced sewers to craft unique and fashionable items for their beloved dolls. Whether aiming for contemporary chic or timeless elegance, their collection offers something for every doll enthusiast's taste and preference.

Here's a sampling of patterns. Browse the full Forever 18 Inches catalog today!

 

Enter To Win A Button Front Sundress Sample!

Enter To Win: This week's giveaway includes one sample of the Button Front Sundress to one lucky winner. The dress is made with a lovely Liberty Tana Lawn floral print and coordinating darkish denim chambray. It's accented with tiny yellow buttons and ties in the back for a perfect fit for your 18-inch American Girl doll.

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Get The Button Front Sundress Dress Pattern Free With Purchase This Friday!

Make It Yourself: Like the dress we've created and want to make your own? You're in luck! The Button Front Sundress doll clothes pattern is available in three unique sizes designed to fit, 18-inch American Girl dolls, 18-19-inch Gotz dolls , and 14-15" Wellie Wishers & Ruby Red Fashion Friends dolls.

Special Offer! This pattern will be offered for FREE with purchase on Friday May 17, 2024! So be sure to mark your calendar and pop back over to Pixie Faire to grab this pattern!

 

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This contest is exclusively endorsed by Liberty Jane Clothing and Pixie Faire. Not endorsed by or affiliated with American Girl®.

 

Get To Know Karen (In Her Own Words)

"I've always loved dolls, and anything that involved color and design. My tenth birthday present from my mother was an honest-to-goodness sewing basket filled to the brim with supplies, and a Barbie pattern. I was in heaven! I sewed throughout my high school years, and then began again when my great nieces received American Girl dolls. My then teenage sons were horrified that their mother was playing with dolls!

During that time I also discovered Liberty Jane patterns. Wow – stylish, detailed patterns for dolls with fantastic instructions and a beautiful fit. Before I realized what was happening I was designing my own patterns. I now have a granddaughter who wanted to dress up like a doll I brought to her, so the joy of dolls continues in my family – both real and vinyl. The need to create has also continued. I've branched out into landscape painting and am enjoying painting on location in Southern California, which is an equal amount of challenge and joy. In summary, partnering with Pixie Faire as a seller and designer has been a fun adventure. I'm grateful to those of you who have become customers and friends along the way."

Inquiring Minds Want To Know:

Q: What inspired your brand name?
A certain trendy clothing brand that caters to the young (and thin!).

Q: What’s your favorite sewing tip?
When in doubt, baste.

Q: Is there a new hobby, craft, or skill you’d like to learn?
Right now I'm working on improving my painting skills.  

Q: Who is your favorite doll?
My favorite dolls are the European ones because of their high quality and beautiful face sculpts. If they have more than five joints, even better.

Q: What’s your favorite flower or plant?
David Austin roses – I am besotted. I also planted some Dahlia tubers for the first time and am crossing my fingers.

 

Leave a Comment Below!

We'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment and tell us which Forever 18 Inches pattern design you love most!

Thanks, everyone!

The Pixie Faire Team


100 Comments

Patricia Anderson
Patricia Anderson

May 19, 2024

Forever 18" is a wonderful name for a great sized doll pattern. I have sewn and made my own dolls and doll patterns since I was 6 years old. I learned to crochet for them ,too. I enjoy the 18’’ ones the most as I can embellish these easily, and love to display my results in my front dormer windows, as the months and seasons change. My children understand this, but the adult Grandchildren not so much, but wait until the have little ones of their own! Your patterns are delightful, and I love looking forward to Friday surprises. This sundress is a nice adhesion, Thank you!

Emily H.
Emily H.

May 18, 2024

I think my favorite Forever 18 Inches pattern has to be the Campaign Jacket but there are many other patterns in this line that I really enjoy as well.

Teresa-Jo Peoulx
Teresa-Jo Peoulx

May 18, 2024

I’m away from my patterns at the moment but the faux buttonhole front plackett is smart in style and imagination.

Mollie Bradford
Mollie Bradford

May 18, 2024

I love the sweet frilly girly designs, an so many dress options. The fireplace is cool as well.

Cathy
Cathy

May 18, 2024

Love sundresses!!

Sharon Lawson
Sharon Lawson

May 17, 2024

This is such a cute summer dress.

Sharon Lawson
Sharon Lawson

May 17, 2024

This is such a cute summer dress.

Mary H.
Mary H.

May 17, 2024

I have several of her patterns. They are lovely.

Grandma Dorothy
Grandma Dorothy

May 17, 2024

My grand-daughters all love their American Girl dolls (and always will, I think!) I love the name of your shop – I agree with ‘Forever 18 inches’! The sun dress is adorable!
Thanks for your designs!
Dorothy’

Gara
Gara

May 17, 2024

The flirty mint skirts are my favorite, but all the patterns are very cute! My daughter was an 80’s baby, and her daughter is fascinated by that period. She would love to dress her AG doll in one of these little skirts!

Margaret
Margaret

May 17, 2024

Love her designs, very cute!

Caitlin Bryant
Caitlin Bryant

May 17, 2024

I love the dress patterns! Of any patterns, I am most likely to make dresses for my dolls, so those would be my favorite patterns in this set.

Linda
Linda

May 17, 2024

I love her dress and jumper patterns, especially the Easy Sleeves Dress! Both views are cute, the collared one is special. And the buttons down the front of the dress complete it for me!

Jenni Rose
Jenni Rose

May 17, 2024

These patterns are great! The outfits would look nice on either a historical or modern girl! I like the easy sleeves dress.

Mary
Mary

May 17, 2024

The pattern is fresh and the circle skirt is so cute. The buttons and fabric are perfect for a 18" doll.

Deborah
Deborah

May 17, 2024

Such a cute dress!!?

Deborah
Deborah

May 17, 2024

Such a cute dress!!?

Tobey Sprague
Tobey Sprague

May 17, 2024

Love all the patterns but my favorites are the 1980 Mix & Match and Seal Beach Sundress.

Mae Lynn Beck
Mae Lynn Beck

May 17, 2024

I have several Forever 18 Inches patterns. I love the Circle Skirt Overalls for my AGAT Clementine. Li’l Gardener, Lollipop Garden Dress, and Country Diva are fun but the one that really got my attention was Aloha Hula. It makes such a great costume for the doll. I have the fireplace pattern and want to do it before Christmas this year!!

Sandra
Sandra

May 17, 2024

I have several of these patterns and love them all.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

May 17, 2024

I like the Flirty Mini Skirts pattern. It sews up quickly and is fun to make.

Sophie T
Sophie T

May 17, 2024

Forever 18 inches (such a cool brand name!) has a lot of lovely patterns. I really like the Versatility dress… and the Nautical tops… and all her vintage inspired designs.

However, this morning, I’ve been searching for the 14 inches version of the button front sundress you talk about in this article and I can’t find it. Is it called something else?

Patti
Patti

May 17, 2024

I love her patterns. They are easy to follow and so so adorable. I have several of her F18 patterns and it is hard to pick a favorite but I do love the Skirts with Pockets Bundle and I love the Twelve-Month Tie Blouse. Most of her patterns will bring you back to that era of clothing trends and that is what I love the most.

Reva Deutsch
Reva Deutsch

May 17, 2024

These patterns are very well made. They look like real people clothes in mini. I love the attention to details.

Alisa Oram
Alisa Oram

May 16, 2024

She is one my favorite designers. Karen is very talented. I love that her instructions are easy to read and understand with no problems I think I have almost every pattern. I’ve been looking forward for her to design a new pattern.

DellaSue Sheline
DellaSue Sheline

May 16, 2024

I like the Aloha swimsuit. I have made several of them.

Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann

May 16, 2024

So many that it’s hard to choose, but I really love the Aloha Holoku Dress!

Jane Parks
Jane Parks

May 16, 2024

Even tho I have several of your patterns I must confess that I have yet to make any of them. The last few years I have had several medical issues and am now suffering from a depression and have lost my sewing mojo. I hope this year will be an improvement.

Pam
Pam

May 16, 2024

Your patterns are some of my very favorites! I love the feminine look of many of them and have a LOT of them! Keep up the good work.

Lauralyn
Lauralyn

May 16, 2024

I have the button front sundress pattern and have made several for my granddaughters and nieces. They have turned out so cute and the girls have all liked them!

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

May 16, 2024

I like the Country Diva Dress & Top

Dorothy Le
Dorothy Le

May 16, 2024

Your dolls are adorable. I loved the fog chaser coat. I would like to know when it will be available for the 18” doll. Thank you

Rita
Rita

May 16, 2024

Such a pretty outfit for summer!

Douetta Davis
Douetta Davis

May 16, 2024

What a perfect summer look!

RUTH
RUTH

May 16, 2024

I have many of her patterns. I love that they are usually easy to put together and the instructions are very clear.

Linda
Linda

May 16, 2024

I have many of the Forever 18 patterns and love them all. I think my favorite is the Little Gardener. It’s is adorable

Sue
Sue

May 16, 2024

Such lovely patterns
I am a fan of the Faux Button Jumper pattern and it is in so many doll sizes!

Kimberly Gluvna
Kimberly Gluvna

May 16, 2024

I purchased a Pixie Pack a while back. I’m going to use it to make the Geometry Class Dress. That dress is also perfect for summer!

candy
candy

May 16, 2024

My favorite is the campaign jacket ala Jackie O.

Connie
Connie

May 16, 2024

I love so many of the Forever18 inches patterns, I can’t pick just one that is my favorite.

CdnCrafter
CdnCrafter

May 16, 2024

I like all the patterns. I like that you offer patterns for different size dolls. I always find it hard to pick a favorite pattern from designers, because they are all nice.

Bridgette
Bridgette

May 16, 2024

Thank you!

shirley welch
shirley welch

May 16, 2024

I have had a love of dolls since childhood the best thing about christmas was getting a new doll!
I have been sewing for dolls and childern and myself since I was 13.
Aloha Holoku is one of my favorate dress designs because I plan to use lace and satin to make it a formal dress love the train in back.
I really like the patterns with a touch of machine embroidery on them,so of course I like the Frog Princess designs.

Jeri
Jeri

May 16, 2024

I love the versatility of Karen’s patterns – an outfit for every occasion. Her patterns are very easy to follow too. I have quite a few of her patterns already and it’s hard to say which one is my favorite. Among my favorites are the not for knits tee and not your brother’s overalls. Thank you for the great patterns, Karen!

Karen Carroll
Karen Carroll

May 16, 2024

Doll clothes were the beginning of my love for sewing. It thrills me to see new outfits made from a bunch of scraps! These patterns are fun to look at and I’m excited to try some of them!

Jennifer Hunt
Jennifer Hunt

May 16, 2024

I love how you have beginner skill level. My 12 year old daughter is learning to sew

Zoe
Zoe

May 16, 2024

All of this designer’s patterns have always stood out to me, Forever 18 Inches would probably be my second favorite designer on Pixie Faire (after Liberty Jane, of course!). I’d have to say my favorite patterns from her would be the swing time dress and the endless summer dress. It’s so hard to pick!!!

Katherine Ackerman
Katherine Ackerman

May 16, 2024

I love the Forever 18 Aloha Vintage Swimsuit and Playsuit. They are so cute and fun to make

Marian Peoples
Marian Peoples

May 16, 2024

Surely no expects me to pick one…I ennjoy all of her designs. Since I drafts patterns similarly, I appreciates that she does the work and saves me time. Love em all!

MARGARET CRAIG
MARGARET CRAIG

May 16, 2024

I am new to sewing and also knitting 18 inch doll clothes. Looking at your patterns I love to see the little girl dresses. Every day dresses, Party dresses. Formal dresses and wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses. I look forward to sewing some soon. I would also love to see Boys clothes. Maybe a three piece suit, casual pants and jackets, military uniforms, formal wear and wedding attire.

Fran R
Fran R

May 15, 2024

I love the Forever 18 designs and have purchased many of them over the last several years. Hard to say what I’d my favorite but I think one that stands out is the campaign jacket. Along with the pleated schoolgirl skirt is a pattern that is unique. Difficult to find outfits like that in patterns or ready made for the dolls.

Cheryl R.
Cheryl R.

May 15, 2024

I love so many of Karen’s designs, but one that stands out to me is her Endless Summer Halter dress and Top. I love the breezy flowiness of the design!

designdreamer
designdreamer

May 15, 2024

There are quite a few of your patterns that I like. I wouldn’t be able to narrow it down to a single pattern.

Thresea
Thresea

May 15, 2024

I like the little gardener because I like to garden.

Christine
Christine

May 15, 2024

I have so many of your patterns, and they are all so lovely; I don’t know that I could choose a favorite. I really enjoyed making the Lollipop Garden dress, and love that it can be turned into a gingerbread outfit at Christmas!

KatieQ
KatieQ

May 15, 2024

I’m a fan of the Summer Picnic outfit.

Lissa
Lissa

May 15, 2024

I don’t have any Forever 18 Inches patterns yet, but I think my favourites are the 1980s Romantic Heroine, Aloha Holoku Dress and Geometry Class outfit.

Suzanne
Suzanne

May 15, 2024

Little Gardener is my favorite, I’ve made it several times ❤️

Jacquie Corrigan
Jacquie Corrigan

May 15, 2024

My favourite pattern is the button front peplum!

Heidi
Heidi

May 15, 2024

The patterns are all so stylish. My favorite is the Country Diva Dress.

Cynthia W
Cynthia W

May 15, 2024

My granddaughter would love the Lollipop garden dress

Marjory
Marjory

May 15, 2024

There are so many wonderful Forever 18 patterns, but one I especially like is the Little Gardener pattern.

Lori Neilson
Lori Neilson

May 15, 2024

I can’t say I have just one favorite. I’ve purchased many of the patterns and loved every one.

Diane
Diane

May 15, 2024

The Nautical Top with removable collar is so sweet. I love all the little details of your patterns that makes each one special!

Chris A
Chris A

May 15, 2024

I love your expertise in your craft. Gives me encouragement that I can get better too.

Virginia
Virginia

May 15, 2024

My favorite is the Aloha Holoku Dress. I made it for my grand niece and she loved it!

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

May 15, 2024

I love them all! The wrap styles are charming!

Maureen A
Maureen A

May 15, 2024

I have quite a few of her patterns but I love the Aloha Swimsuit – had to get it!

Kimberly Barnhart
Kimberly Barnhart

May 15, 2024

I love to make new clothes for my dolls. All your patterns are beautiful. I wish I had money to buy all the 18” patterns I want.

Heidi Brown
Heidi Brown

May 15, 2024

I love all the Aloha patterns!

Lorraine
Lorraine

May 15, 2024

1980’s Romantic heroine would be one of my favorites. Hard to choose as I have many of her patterns.

Vicky Smith
Vicky Smith

May 15, 2024

Love them all !!!! My favorite is the Seal Beach Sundress 🩷

Jackie
Jackie

May 15, 2024

So far my favorite is the “Not For Knits Tee Shirt” I have a friend who is moving away and she loves her Ruby Red Fashion Friend. I just got mine. I think from time to time my doll will send her doll a cat themed tee shirt. We will probably use fusible applique to decorate the tee shirts, one for her doll and one for mine, with seasonal cat designs. That way my friend and her doll will know that they are not alone. OH, I like the fireplace too.

Barbara
Barbara

May 15, 2024

I love how varied Forever 18 Inches patterns are. I have quite a few but, given the season, my current favourite is the Summer Picnic Outfit.

Sue D
Sue D

May 15, 2024

Wonderful patterns. My favorite is Little Gardener 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

Clarissa
Clarissa

May 15, 2024

I have several patterns, but the one I need to make is the Little Gardener. The girls have a doll sized wheelbarrow and a wagon to help out in the garden, but really need some gardening clothes.

Laura
Laura

May 15, 2024

Absolutely adorable patterns. Can’t wait to try them all.

CAROL
CAROL

May 15, 2024

I have several Forever 18 Inches patterns. My favorite is the Versatility Dress. The Romantic Heroine is next on my wish list.

Sue S
Sue S

May 15, 2024

Lovely outfits for. Summer

Marilu Badani
Marilu Badani

May 15, 2024

love these dolls and all the patterns. So difficult to choose one

Sue Spence
Sue Spence

May 15, 2024

Such fun for the summer

Laura
Laura

May 15, 2024

The patterns are all so cute! My favorite AG are 1980’s Romantic Heroine and Little Gardener. I also really like that there are some patterns for the Ruby Red girls that I also have.

Charlotte
Charlotte

May 15, 2024

So very pretty and feminine, it’s hard to choose. I think maybe the sundresses are one of my favorites.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 15, 2024

One of my favorite designers! I love the classic midcentury looks, the multiple options and impeccable fit. It’s so hard to pick a favorite; probably the Vintage Tap Pants for aesthetics and the Not for Knits tops for versatility.

Nancy Kerns
Nancy Kerns

May 15, 2024

I love the simplicity of many of these patterns. My favorite at this point is the Romantic Heroine. Keep up the good work

Michelle Anson
Michelle Anson

May 15, 2024

Cute dress!! Looks like it would be simple to make!

Lyn K
Lyn K

May 15, 2024

They are all excellent patterns covers a variety of eras. if I had to choose I would say the campaign jacket. Learned so many skills making it

Sandra
Sandra

May 15, 2024

Love the sundress. Looks like summer.

Maurine
Maurine

May 15, 2024

It is hard to pick one as a favorite as I have bought and made so may patterns that she has designed. Her directions are easy to understand and her designs are very creative and diverse. She is definitely one of my favorite designers.

Madeleine
Madeleine

May 15, 2024

My current favorite Forever 18 inches patterns are the Summer Picnic Outfit and the Vintage Tap Pants.

Julie
Julie

May 15, 2024

I have several of Karen’s Forever 18 Inches patterns. My favorites right now are Classic Skirt Bundle and Frill Seekers Dress. I love the Not! for Knits patterns also! Karen, what design is in the works?

Dawn K
Dawn K

May 15, 2024

Love the dress. Very colorful!

Mendie
Mendie

May 15, 2024

I just love Forever 18 Inches patterns. I just cut out the campaign jacket and timeless schoolgirl skirt to make. I’ve been eyeing a few more of her patterns too. They’re all so cute I wish I could get them all!

Donna Landreth
Donna Landreth

May 15, 2024

The sundress is really cute. Love the pattern

Terrie
Terrie

May 15, 2024

I have so many of Karen’s collections, Forever 18 inches patterns are one of my very favorite pattern groups. I have never had an issue with any of her patterns, they all sew up beautifully.

Ida R
Ida R

May 15, 2024

I just adore all your patterns for my American Girls. I can’t wait to be able to make all of your patterns in colorful fabrics.

T
T

May 15, 2024

Love the sundresses!

Nancy Gates
Nancy Gates

May 15, 2024

Love forever patterns they are so well written

Karen
Karen

May 15, 2024

I like the cute doll clothes patterns. I especially like the sailor-style dress for 18" dolls, Easy Sleeves dress.
Frances
Frances

May 15, 2024

I love the fireplace best – every doll needs a home and a hearth.

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