1980s Romantic Heroine 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Fashion during the 1980s was a contrast of styles and ideologies.  On one side were the glamorous fashions from Hollywood designers which typically featured wide padded shoulders, luxurious fabrics, and often a generous dose of glitz.  An opposite approach in sensibility was an emphasis on antique clothing and themes from English designers, who specialized in romantic designs with natural fabrics, dainty prints, and nostalgic details such as pin tucks and lace. However, no matter what aesthetic approach a designer chose, one consistent element in 1980s fashion was an emphasis on shoulders. Whether it was glamorous creations with exaggerated shoulders or enormous puffy sleeves like those in Princess Diana's iconic wedding dress, wide shoulders were a part of every fashionable woman's wardrobe!

The Forever 18 Inches 1980s Romantic Heroine pattern is a tribute to these ideals. The two-piece dress features a bodice top with princess seams, a dainty ruffle, front closure, and ties in the back to help cinch the bodice with a close fit.  An alternate choice features a plain bodice with flutter sleeves.  All the design elements can be mixed and matched for a personalized look.

Two skirt choices are offered:  a long gathered skirt with ruffles and tucks, and an easy double-layered contemporary circular skirt with an elasticized waistband.  No matter what your choice, I hope you enjoy sewing this blast to the past.


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

Recommended Fabrics:  Lighter weight quilter's cotton or other similar medium-light natural fabrics.

Supplies Needed:
Option 1: 1/2 yd. Main Fabric; ¼ yd. Lining
Option 2: 1/3 yd. Main Fabric; ¼ yd. Lining
Option 3: 1/2 yd. Main Fabric
Option 4: 1/2 yd. Main Fabric

All Options:
1. Matching thread and sewing needle; optional contrasting thread
2. A pair of small, very sharp scissors to trim seam allowances
3. A Frixion® pen (or other marking tool) for marking Dots and tracing around templates (when touched with heat, the pen markings disappear!)
4. Optional: Fray Check®
5. Optional: a hemostat or long pair of tweezers for turning small areas
6. Optional: coffee filters to help prevent thread bunching while sewing

Option 1:
1. Optional: ¼" graph paper to create the pattern for the Bodice Ruffle
2. Five ¼" buttons
3. Three small snaps

Option 2:
1. Five ¼" buttons
2. Three small snaps

Option 3:
1. Optional: ¼" graph paper to create the patterns for the Skirt and Skirt Ruffle
2. One large snap for Waistband closure

Option 4:
1. 12" of 3/8" wide elastic


Skill Level:  Intermediate 

What You Get: One 54 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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Pixie Faire and the designers featured are not affiliated with American Girl®. 

 



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07/17/2020
Lisa C.
United States United States
love it!

I will be making more of these in variations. So cute and easy to follow directions.

Pixie Faire 1980s Romantic Heroine 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
KC
07/16/2020
Kay C.
United States United States
Easy two-piece outfit

The pattern was good, with easy to follow directions and illustrations. I enjoyed making this outfit, and it turned out great!

Pixie Faire 1980s Romantic Heroine 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
S
07/03/2020
Sewbig
United States United States
1980's Romantic Heroine

Lovely adaptation of Laura Ashley or Gunne Sax dresses. No compromise on the details in this pattern. Great fit. Great instructions, as always.

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BD
06/05/2020
Barbara D.
United States United States
1980 Romantic Heroine

This was such a fun pattern. I made two versions of it. My Granddaughters loved it.

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EA
05/20/2020
Elise A.
United States United States
What clever techniques!

As expected, this pattern and the detailed instructions are marvelous. I always learn so much! In this case, there were several doll-sized techniques that make for easier sewing and better fit (less bulk). Thanks again for a superior product. Keep up the good work!

Pixie Faire 1980s Romantic Heroine 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review