Summer Picnic Outfit 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Warm summer days conjure up visions of green grass, tall glasses of cool lemonade, and checkered tablecloths spread with special picnic feasts. The next time your doll heads for the great outdoors with a loaded picnic basket she'll be dressed for the occasion with the Forever 18 inches Summer Picnic Outfit! The Summer Picnic patterns consist of two different cropped tops and two variations of Paper Bag style pants. The cropped tops have multiple cutting lines to accommodate the sizing variations that come with soft-bodied dolls, and feature options for a faux-buttoned front or a back closure, princess seams, a bottom band, and shoulder straps framed with ruffles. There are two styles of pants to sew: wide-legged shorts, and mid-calf capri pants. Both pants feature front pleats and a paper-bag style waist with an easy-on, easy-off elastic waistband for a universal fit. An optional faux front tie or a working tie with authentic belt loops can be added to create a unique and fashionable outfit. All you'll need are the ants!

This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®. The crop tops in this pattern look great paired with the Elastic Back Circle Skirt and the Not For Knits Circle Skirt! You can also purchase the Summer Picnic Crop Tops and Capris and Shorts in individual patterns. 

Recommended Fabrics:  Lighter-weight quilting cottons, lightweight chambray, seersucker, or other woven fabrics with a similar weight and drape. Not suitable for very lightweight or heavy- weight fabrics, or those with a tendency to fray. 

Supplies Needed:
- Option 1 Paper Bag Shorts: 1/4 yd. of 45" wide fabric
- Option 2 Paper Bag Capris: 1/2 yd. of 45" wide fabric

- Option 3 Crop Top w/Buttons: ¼ yd. of 45" wide fabric
- Option 4 Crop Top w/Plain Front: 1/2 yd. of 45" wide fabric (assumes using striped fabric)
- Both Crop Top Options: 1/6 yd. of lightweight fabric (or equivalent scrap size) for the Lining, such as batiste or lawn

All Options:
1. Matching thread and optional contrast thread.
2. One pair of small, very sharp scissors to trim and clip seam allowances.
3. Optional: Fray Check
4. Optional: A tool for marking pleats and dots
5. Optional: A hemostat for turning the Bodice and Ties to the RIGHT side

For the Option 1 & 2 Paper Bag Shorts & Capris Add:
1. One 8-1/2" long piece of ¼" elastic

For the Option 1 Crop Top Add:
1. One 5-1/4" long piece of ¼" elastic
2. Six ¼" buttons
3. Four medium-sized snaps OR Hook and Loop tape (about 2-1/2")

For the Option 2 Crop Top Add:
1. Two ¼" buttons
2. Two medium-sized snaps OR Hook and Loop tape (about 3")

Skill Level:  Easy and Intermediate 

What You Get: One 59 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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Teri J.
United States

so very cute

Love this pattern as well as all of the "forever 18 inches" patterns

Anne N.

Summer picnic outfit

No problem. Excellent instructions (downloaded to my doll file) and can always double check if I need to. I usually just print the cover and pattern pieces. Really cute outfits. I made the capris and button front top.cant wait to make the shorts.

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Carol P.
United States

Summer Picnic Outfit 18”

Love the pattern, the pants are just adorable, fit great and the crop top, what fun outfits to make!

Jillian B.

Great pattern from great pattern maker!

My 3rd or 4th purchase from this pattern maker and I've been very pleased with all of them. I've made several of these tops and the pattern comes together well.

Mary Jane

Summer Picnic Outfit

This is a great pattern. I love the Capri pants. They are a beautiful fit. The top was a bit of a challenge. The instructions are so precise and pictures so good I was able to make a very nice top. Thanks for another great pattern!