IRL Dress and Top 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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IRL stands for “In Real Life”. 

What’s more fun than having doll clothes to match the trendy styles found in stores? With this design, you get up to the minute fashion in no time flat because it's easy to sew, and quick to finish.

Enjoy this design as a sweet dress, a stylish top, and as a super fun skate dress. Each version gives you plenty of options to customize into just the look you want.

Sporting a modest cutout at the neckline (at tank top level) this style can be enjoyed in solids, prints, or with contrasting elements.

Featuring a sleek look that makes a statement when worn as a dress, or combines so well with jackets, pants, & skirts. Made of comfy stretch knit, it has a few basic pieces that go together quickly for an irresistible look.

Try it out with a contrast upper bodice, neck band, and/or skirt. It won’t fail to get noticed with its attention-grabbing chic. Pattern includes additional pieces for an optional 2-piece back. Mix it up with sleeves from short, 3/4, long, or extra-long.

Use 1/3 - 1/2 yard of any light to medium weight stretchy knit fabric to create this design such as T-shirt fabric (even an old t-shirt), dance fabric, or similar.
To make it, you only need some fabric and a sewing machine. Simple zigzag stitches or using a serger will make a beautiful finish on seams and hems.

Recommended Fabrics: Sized for moderate stretch knits only. T-shirt fabric is perfect.

Supplies Needed:
-1/3 - 1/2 yard of any light to medium weight stretchy knit fabric
-Trims, etc. as desired for embellishment
-Matching Thread


Skill Level: Easy

What You Get: One 44 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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Joy S

Love it!

This pattern is so pretty and came out great. I love the versatility of the pattern.

IRL Dress and Top 18 Doll Clothes Pattern

IRL Cut-Out Neckline Dress

Great pattern. I hate sewing knits. But this one was easy. Best fit on a knit top I've had so far. I plan to use this as my sloper for any knit tops I need for AG dolls. I used a performance knit for the upper bodice and a silky jersey knit for the lower portion of the bodice and the skirt. I added an overskirt of flocked chiffon using the pattern's skirt pattern, but doubled for extra fullness, and added a satin sash. It turned a day dress or skating outfit into a very elegant party dress. Love that you can use the pattern for a dress or top.

IRL Dress and Top 18 Doll Clothes PatternIRL Dress and Top 18 Doll Clothes Pattern
Pam R.

Dress for all occasions!

I had fun testing this dress. Very Trendy for Tweens to teens. I love the options that come with this pattern. Great clear instructions and pictures. I can't wait to try the top next. The fit was great too.


IRL dress

Very quick and easy to make. Love the different options. I've made the top fits great. Plan on making the dress.

Karen L
Lancaster, PA

Trendy and fun!

Tweens will definitely love this shirt or dress for their dolls - they will recognize the style as being very trendy and just like the current fashion. Aptly named, In Real Life! this one is a snug fit, so be sure to use a knit with adequate stretch. I especially like that this can me made up to look casual or dressy just by fabric selection. It really is a quick sew.