NOT! Your Mama's Overalls 18" Doll Clothes

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Finally—an overall pattern for 18” dolls that really fits*!  This versatile PDF pattern is loaded with options for customization:  shorts with cuffs, full-length pants, an easy elasticized waist, a contemporary drawstring waist with real grommets, and two separately drafted patterns for straps that offer the choice of using commercially-made purchased buckles or button-covered snaps.

All versions of the basic overall feature pants, a waistband, a front bib, and an option for straps—but the rest of the choices are up to you!  Make them as simple or as detailed as you wish:  you can add topstitching, working pockets (cargo, jean, and a front bib pocket), a back bib with straight or rounded strap ends using overall buckles or buttons, and an easy elasticized waist or a fully functional drawstring waist.  Suggestions are also given for straps using ribbon and “D” rings for an even simpler solution.

Mini-tutorials and sewing tips are also embedded in the pattern.  You’ll see how you can substitute buttonholes for grommets, learn an easy method to sew and turn rounded strap ends, and find many links for locating supplies.  The research has been done for you—you just get to have fun sewing! 

Not suitable for fabrics with a one-way print because of the overall straps.

*This pattern was sized on a recently purchased American Girl doll.  Measurements for older American Girl dolls and similar-style dolls should be checked for possible fitting adjustments.

Suggested fabrics:  Medium-weight woven fabrics such as quilter’s cotton, lightweight denim, lightweight corduroy, or linen


Supplies Needed:

For Drawstring Overalls:

-   2/3 yd. of 45” wide Fabric

-   Thread: contrasting and matching

-   Two 1/8” eyelet grommets and backings OR a sewing machine that can make buttonholes

-   Thin cord to fit through the grommets (about 2/3 yd.)

-   Two medium snaps

-   Two ¼” buttons, OR two commercially purchased overall buckles OR “D” Rings

-   6” square of very lightweight fusible interfacing

-   Needle for hand sewing

-   Fray Check

-   An eyelet setter (if using eyelets)


For Elastic-Back Overalls:

-   The list is the same as the Drawstring Overalls except:

-   Eliminate the eyelet grommets/backings

-   Eliminate the cord

-   Eliminate the Fray Check


-   9” piece of ¼” elastic


Skill Level: Intermediate

What You Get: One 45 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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Linda Larsen

Great overalls

Pattern requires a lot of stitching for an authentic overall look but the end result is good. I made a short version without the front pocket because the fabric was very busy. The blue overalls are paired with the free T shirt pattern for Journey Girl dolls. I didn't attempt the draw string waist but I'm happy with the look.

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Guyaline F.

Very good pattern

Good pattern and explanations, a little long to sew, but very easy, for a very beautiful result.

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Jean B.
United States

So Cute

These little overalls are time consuming because of all the top stitching but so worth it. They go together easy and the fit is great. I made the first pair in a cute animal print and am now working on a denium pair with the buckles. Very cute pattern; just take your time when sewing and you'll be pleased with the outcome!

Jean B. verified customer review of NOT!  Your Mama's Overalls 18 Doll Clothes
United States

Not Your Mamas' Overalls

This is a great pattern, I have used it twice, it is user friendly and the end result very pleasing. Thanks

Aigul Z
Arlington VA

Good looking overalls

Liked the pattern and decided to buy it. A little complicated for me, for a newbie sewer, but the result was not really bad. Tried both variations. And yes, the straps are really long. I wished I read reviews before sewing. But anyways I like PixieFaire patterns. You are the best. Thank you

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Pixie Faire

We're so happy you enjoyed the pattern!  We'd like to mention that the beginning of the pattern (p. 4) mentions that all of the straps are drafted extra long, and you should measure your doll before cutting in order to achieve the desired length. We've since highlighted this info in the pattern to make it extra clear.