Waterfall Bustle 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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This Waterfall Bustle is designed specifically to attach to  Thimbles and Acorns  Victorian Era Bustle Dresses, but is versatile enough to use with just about any dress - or even pants - to add a little Victorian or Steampunk panache.  It can be sewn directly to a dress or bodice or attached with snaps or on a waistband as a separate piece.

This PDF sewing pattern is sized to fit 18 inch dolls such as American Girl®.  It is available separately for 16 inch A Girl For All Time® dolls.

Recommended Fabrics:  Light to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, linen, or silk.

Supplies Needed:


  • Outside Bustle Piece and Optional Bias Trim ~ 1/2 yard 45” wide fabric
  • Inside Bustle Piece ~ 1/3 yard 45” fabric


  • Thread
  • Optional trim - 2/3 yard 1/2” wide lace OR 2/3 yard 7/8” wide fabric cut on the bias, folded in half lengthwise, and pressed to crease
  • Waterfall Bustle - Three medium sized snaps
  • Waterfall Bustle with Waistband - One medium sized snap


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Iron and pressing tools
  • Blunt needle or point turner
  • Safety pin for turning the bow center

Skill Level:  Easy

What You Get: One 13 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.


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Dawn L.
Canada Canada
Waterfall bustle

My Mom and have been making wedding gowns for the 18 inch dolls . The most recent gown was a empire waist gown and when the waterfall bustle was added, it made the gown completely stunning! The bustle pattern gave great instructions.

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Betty Y.
United States United States
Very cute

I had been very interested in how the bustle was made and this pattern was great at explaining it. I'm so pleased I purchased it.