Aloha Holoku Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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A Holoku dress is a traditional Hawaiian dress worn during formal occasions. It originated in the 1820s as an every-day dress when Christian missionaries arrived in Hawaii and was adapted from traditional European garments for Hawaiian upper class women. The Holoku gown incorporated small changes over time that reflected elements of current fashion, eventually adding a train to the standardized style in the 1870s. Later it became a garment used for formal Hawaiian cultural events, worn traditionally by Hawaiian-born women.

The Aloha Holoku Dress fits into a fashion time frame from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. I spent many pleasant hours researching vintage Holoku dresses, and my favorite dress from the World War II era became the inspiration for this pattern. The pattern features a sweetheart neckline, puffed sleeves or shoulder ruffles, optional princess seams, and a lushly ruffled train. During the 1970s a revival of 1940s elements cycled back into fashion with a few twists, and I've incorporated those features into the pattern to create an authentic 1970s era dress as an additional option. I hope everyone who sews this pattern enjoys playing with the many possible combinations and dreams of warm beaches and soft tropical breezes (and maybe some disco music, too). Aloha!

This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®. 

For more Hawaiian fun check out the Aloha Vintage Swimsuit and Hula Accessories patterns, available individually, as well as a bundled package to save! 

Recommended Fabrics:  Medium-light to medium weight quilter's cotton with a bit of drape and tight weave are ideal. Other natural fabrics such as chambray or even a lightweight bridal satin would also work. Fabrics for the Facing or Lining could be batiste or lawn for cotton fabrics, or a shiny lining fabric if using a dressy fabric such as satin. A heavy-weight fabric is not recommended for Options 1 or 3 because it will be difficult to pull through the shoulders when turning the Lining. Also, fabrics that wrinkle easily will be more difficult because of the turning method.

Supplies Needed:
Option 1: Straight Grain Layout: One yd. of 45" wide fabric
Bias Layout: One yd. of 45" wide fabric

Option 2: Straight Grain Layout: 2/3 yd. of 45" wide fabric
Bias Layout: One yd. of 45" wide fabric

Option 3: Straight Grain Layout: 2/3 yd. of 45" wide fabric
Bias Layout: One yd. of 45" wide fabric

Option 4: Straight Grain Layout: 2/3 yd. 45" wide fabric
Bias Layout: One yd. of 45" wide fabric

All Options: 1/6 yd. (or large scrap ) of fabric for the Lining or Facing

All Options:
1. Matching thread and sewing needle
2. One pair of small, very sharp scissors to trim seam allowances
3. Three medium-sized snaps OR 4-1/2" of Hook-and-Loop tape
4. ¼" Graph Paper OR rotary scissors and a cutting mat to make the Ruffles
5. Optional: A Frixion pen or other tool for marking Dots
6. Optional: Fray Check
7. Optional: A hemostat to help turn the dress through the shoulders
8. Optional: Two small (approximately 3/8") square of double-sided fusing tape or similar product to hold the corners of the Facing down in Options 2 and 4

Skill Level:  Intermediate 

What You Get: One 52 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 6 page Summary of Instructions is also included to help save on printer ink.  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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Aloha Holoku dress

This was my first purchase from Pixie Faire, but I will be a regular customer! The instructions are very well written, very clear and the diagrams are very helpful. I really enjoyed making this dress. The fit is perfect. I look forward to my next project.

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Mary W.
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Love this pattern! My grand daughter is going to love it also! Glad I could purchase, print, cut out and sew right away

Melinda F.
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Aloha Holoku Dress Pattern A+

I just made the dress today & it is a beautiful & authentic Hawaiian Dress that looks amazing on my dark haired Tonner 18" doll. The pattern is easy to follow & fits perfectly, now I want to make more. Thanks for another well designed pattern.


Aloha Holoku Dress

This pattern creates a stunning Hawaiian dress. It is easy to follow and easily made.

Deb C.

Great easy little outfit

Really enjoyed making this outfit. It was very easy, finished off nicely and looks like it would fit many different 18” doll widths. Thanks. : )