First Dance 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Every girl dreams of her first dance, and now your doll can enjoy the fun. The sweet and easy First Dance dress is designed to fit 18” dolls such as American Girl® and was inspired by the designer's granddaughters’ first Daddy-daughter dance.

This doll-sized version features a relaxed fit A-line dress in sleeveless or long-sleeved views with an optional belt and an oversized collar that pleats into a statement center front bow. The collar and cuffs can be made in contrasting solids, the sleeves can be made in the same fabric or in coordinating sheer fabrics, or eyelet to add interest, and the collar and cuffs may be trimmed with lace or rick rack for an extra pop of color. Wouldn’t it be fun to search a color wheel for combinations of three fabrics: one color for the dress and sleeves, one color for the collar and cuffs, and one pop of color for the rick rack?

This pattern is modeled on modern, Mattel brand American Girl® dolls with slimmer bodies, but should fit the older Pleasant Company dolls.
The version in blue is pictured on a doll with waist measurement of 10 ¾ .”

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

Recommended Fabrics: Lightweight woven fabrics with soft drape such as cottons, poly-cottons, rayon challis, lawn, chambray, shirting, eyelet, seersucker, polka dots, dotted Swiss, and solids in variations of contrasting colors. Not suited for heavy or stiff fabrics or knits.

Supplies Needed:

Main Fabric—View A:

  • ¼ yd fabric for dress and sleeves
  • Fat Quarter friendly!

View A Contrasting fabric:

  • ⅛ yard for contrasting collar and cuffs

Main Fabric-View B:

  • ¼ yd for dress, belt, and collar

Main Fabric-View C:

  • ¼ yd fabric for dress, collar, and cuffs
  • 1/8 yd for sleeves
  • Contrasting Trim
  • 1/8 yd contrasting fabric for bias trim


  • Three ½” or ⅜” contrasting buttons or
  • 7” zipper (trim ¼” from center back if installing zipper for best fit)
  • 5” – 7” Hook and loop tape (optional)
  • Small belt buckle or similar fastener
  • 1/8 yd of heavy fusible interfacing for belt
  • High quality matching polyester or rayon thread, depending on fabric choice
  • New, sharp size 11/12 needle* or needle suited for fabric choice
  • Optional: double-sided fusible hem tape

Optional Trims:

  • 1 yd of ¼ ” lace for collar
  • 1 yd of white or other contrasting color ¼” rick rack

    Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

    What You Get: One 22 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 summary of instructions is 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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