This dress pattern is reminiscent of the 1940’s with a faux wrap front and waistband, puff sleeves with an inverted pleat at the sleeve opening and pleats in front and back of skirt. Included are two styles for the sleeve; one with a larger inverted pleat and one with a smaller less puffy pleat or you may choose to make the sleeveless version. The skirt has two inverted box pleats in front and two in the back. There are two options of the length for the skirt included in the pattern. This dress can be made with cotton or cotton blends. There are many ways to embellish this pattern. The way I have chosen to embellish the edges is with piping which is demonstrated in the pattern instructions. You may also choose to use a pre-gathered lace to edge the neckline, sleeve edges and edge of the waistline as per personal preference. Instructions are included for the lace version as well. Another option is to use ricrac along the neckline and sleeve edges and along the waistband. As a personal preference, a bow or other kind of embellishment such as an applique or ribbon flower can be applied along the waistband at the juncture of the bodice to the waistband. There are lots of options for having fun with this pattern. Included in this pattern are options for finishing with a zipper or with hook and loop tape.
Recommended Fabrics: Light to Medium Weight Cotton and/or Cotton Blends
Skill Level: Intermediate
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I'm glad I purchased this pattern; I loved the pleats and they really make the style of this dress. The pattern contains lots of photos with the written instructions. The skill level for this pattern is listed as "easy," but after working my way through it, I'm not sure that's accurate. I would say it's more for someone with intermediate sewing skills. I've been sewing for 35+ years, and found the instructions for making the pleats intimidating. I think the written instructions were a little too wordy. After glancing at the photos and re-reading the written instructions, I took a deep breath and reminded myself I've made pleats before, I can do this. I will make this dress again, but I'll have to make a few adjustments to the pattern because the finished dress didn't fit my AG doll from the late 90s--the bodice was too small at the Center Back, the opening at the lower sleeve edge was too narrow for the doll's hand to fit through, and the over all fit was just a little too snug (especially through the shoulders). I didn't have any piping for the faux wrap bodice, so I added a green satin ribbon across the insert between the bodice and the skirt.
Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback, Trish! Please note, most of our patterns are designed for newer AG dolls that are slimmer dolls generally.. You can see more information about the differences of te dolls here on our measurements charts https://www.pixiefaire.com/blogs/doll-tips-and-tutorials/7733479-doll-measurements