Sweet Nutcracker 18" Doll Clothes Pattern


Your 18-inch doll will look adorable in this gorgeous Nutcracker ensemble which was inspired by the toy soldier in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ ballet.

The ‘Sweet Nutcracker’ outfit from Little Miss Muffett consists of a ‘Gendarme’ style Hat and a combination Jacket and Skirt, stitched together at the waist to form a Dress.

The Bodice or Jacket, sports a Peplum, a split Stand-up Collar, a piped and buttoned contrasting Center Front Panel and long Sleeves with piped and corded contrasting Cuffs, while the layered and gathered Skirt is trimmed with a Tulle Ruffle. The Dress closes at Center Back with Hook & Loop Tape.

The fully lined Hat has a contrasting piped, corded and buttoned headband and a piped peak.

The ensemble would also make a smart Drum Majorette uniform.

This Intermediate PDF sewing pattern from Little Miss Muffett is designed to fit 18-inch soft-bodied dolls such as American Girl®.

Recommended Fabrics:  Quilters’ Cotton was used for the Bodice, Peplum, Under Skirt & Cap. Quilters’ Cotton / Satin were used for the Front Panels, Sleeve Cuffs, Cap contrasts & Cap Lining. Organza was used for the Over Skirt and Tulle for the Skirt Trim.

Supplies Needed:

Fabric Requirements:

  • Bodice Back, Side Panels, Sleeves, Collar, Peplum, Cap Side Band, Crown & Peak: Quilters’ Cotton Main Fabric - 30” x 16”
  • Bodice Front Panel & Extension, Sleeve Cuffs & Cap Band: Quilters’ Cotton / Satin 1st Contrast - 14” x 8”
  • Bodice Lining: Lightweight Cotton - 17” x 8”
  • Cap Lining: Satin or as desired - 18” x 4 ½”
  • Under Skirt: Quilters’ Cotton 2nd Contrast - 25” x 4 ½”
  • Over Skirt: Organza - 25” x 4 ½”
  • Skirt Trim: Tulle - 60” x 1 ¼”
  • Cap Foundation Base: Compressed Batting / Needle Punch - 12 ½” x 7 ½”
  • Sleeve Cuffs & Cap Band Interfacing: Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing - 13 ½” x 5 ½”


  • Narrow Piping for Bodice Front Panel, Sleeve Hem Edges, Cap Hem & Peak Edges: ± 55”
  • Narrow Cord for Front Panel, Sleeve Cuffs & Cap Band (DIY Option in Pattern): ± 40”
  • Braid for Front Panel (Optional): 8” x ¼” wide
  • Hook & Loop Tape for Bodice Center Back Opening: 3 ¾” x 3/8” wide
  • Buttons for Bodice & Cap Front: 10 x 3/8” wide
  • Ribbon Bow for Cap Center Back (Optional) DIY or Purchased: 4 ½” x ¼” wide

Matching Thread, Erasable Marking Pen, Point Turner, Fabric Adhesive, Craft Adhesive (Optional), Curved Embroidery Scissors (Optional), Teflon™ Sheet, Clear Tape, general sewing supplies.

A ‘Universal’ Sewing Needle – 80/12, a General Purpose Foot, Piping or Zipper Foot, Open-Toed Foot (Optional) and a ¼” Foot are used throughout the sewing process.

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 69 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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