What’s sweeter than lemonade on a hot day? Why, sweet tea, of course! And this little 18" doll dress, “Sweet Tea,” not only looks as cool and comfortable as a tall glass of iced tea on a hot day, but it is perfect for lunching on the veranda, chatting a garden party, or relaxing by the poolside, where it can double as a charming swimsuit cover-up in a gauze, terry, or lacy fabric.
This sweet little doll clothes pattern is so easy to whip up. There are no zippers, no snaps, and no hook and loop tape, so it’s perfect for everyone from beginners who want something easy to make to accomplished sewers who want something cute but quick to stitch.
Made in a wrap-around style that ties at the waist, this little beauty can be worn with the opening in the front or the back. The ties may be made of fabric or ribbons. The hem options are short and simple, or longer, with a deep ruffle to mirror the gathers at the neck and sleeves. With two sleeve styles and four hem lengths, there are multiple choices for finishing this dress. Plus, the blousy style fits most 18” dolls, from the “chubbier” ones to the modern, slimmer dolls.
Adding trims or embroidery offers many additional variations to this easy little dress. Check out all the lovely versions made by our talented Pixie Faire Tester team. Make one or several. Sweet Tea might become your new favorite!
Be sure to check out the coordinating Sweet Tea Eyelet Machine Embroidery Designs!
This pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.
Recommended Fabrics: Lightweight woven fabrics such as batiste, lawn, gauze, eyelet, seersucker, chambray, lightweight denim, or quilting cotton in small-scale gingham, calico, polka dots, chevrons, florals, geometric prints, stripes and solids
Views A, B, and C will require ⅔ yd. or 2 fat quarters
Views D and E can be made from one ¼ yd. or 1 fat quarter
• 30” length of ⅛” wide flat knit elastic (+ additional 12” for waist, optional)
• Thread to match fabrics and lace
• I/2” round button
• Optional: 40” length of ⅛-¼” wide ribbon
• Optional: 1 yd. single fold bias tape for neckline (or make your own)
• Optional: ½” flat or slightly gathered lace in measuring up to 2 ½ yds. In length
• Crewel embroidery needle* (optional)
• Turning tools or tiny safety pin or bobby pin
• Rotary cutter and cutting mat for cutting straight tie ends, ruffles, and bias binding
• Pinking shears for optional seam
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
What You Get: One 52 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 four page 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.Download, Print, Sew!
This is such a lovely pattern and there are so many options of dress length, trims or no trim and different fabrics to use for a different look. It also has two sleeve options. It sews up so cute, and is easy to do. The instructions are easy to follow, and it turns out so pretty. I really liked making this one, and will be making more.