Elsie 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Elsie is a floor length dress that has a subtle sweetheart neckline. The full skirt is made of an underskirt and an overskirt. The underskirt is a circle skirt, while the overskirt is made from circles of fabric sewn together and pleated to create lots of flowing 'waves'. The waistline can be decorated with a fabric trim or a bought trim. Instructions are included for both an invisible zipper or snaps for the back closure.

Instructions are included for an optional petticoat to help give your skirt some extra fullness.  Perfect for a princess style ball gown!

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

Recommended Fabrics: For the dress, satin is a good choice for the main fabric while chiffon, mesh, or another lightweight fabric with good drape will work well. The petticoat is best made out of a lightweight cotton fabric.

Supplies Needed:

Main Dress:

  • ¾ yard main fabric
  • 1 ½ yards of 54 inch wide overlay fabric
  • ¼ yard lining fabric
  • 7-9 inch invisible zipper
  • 24 inches of 1/8 - ¼ inch wide trim (optional)


  • 1/3 yard fabric
  • 12 inches of ¼ inch ribbon or twill tape


Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 30 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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