Jo's Writing Dress is the third pattern in Keeper's Dolly Duds “Little Women” series. This is simple but fashionable dress is free of excess embellishments that might encumber Jo's high-spirited and carefree personality, but includes a few special design details that satisfy her appreciation of beautiful things. The front bodice features a front seam and the fabric is cut at an angle that adds an interesting "V" detail when sewn with striped or plaid fabrics. The dropped sleeves give the shoulders a smooth gentle curve and are crowned with a ruffled sleeve cap that gives it an added touch of femininity. The full sleeves are cut on the bias to give them a soft drape and add another subtle design detail when striped or plaid fabrics are used. The bottom edges of the sleeves are finished with a bias cut trim and fasten with a button and button loop. The Civil War Era silhouette is completed with full calf-length skirting that is pleated in the front and gathered in the back. The dress closes in back with three buttons, but hook and loop tape or snaps can be used, if preferred. Pair this dress with Keeper's Dolly Duds “Hooded Cloak” for a cozy winter ensemble!
This PDF sewing pattern, by Keepers Dolly Duds, is designed to fit 18 inch dolls such as American Girl®.
Suggested Fabrics: Dress, Contrast, and Lining in light to medium weight cotton, cotton blends, gingham, silk, or linen. Ideal for stripes and plaids. Not suitable for knits.
Skill Level: Intermediate
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This pattern was easy to follow and made up nicely. Love Eve Coleman patterns.
This is one of the easier patterns in the Little Woman series - although none of them are difficult. The dress suits Jo March's personality and is a simple design with just enough design elements to make it special. The front bodice with a centre seam lends itself to stripes and the skirt which is gathered in the back but pleated in the front really stands out when worn with a hoop crinoline.
Third in the series of Little Women themed dresses. I was a tester for all of them. This is a great collection. Each one has its own little designer details. I loved the diagonal stripes on the bodice. I cut the bodice right from a single layer of fabric, then placed the cut pattern piece on the remaining fabric and matched the stripes. I used a temporary glue to baste the center front seam, making sure to match the stripes, before sewing the seam. I took a close-up of the bodice which shows the sleeve ruffle. Such a nice detail. And look, it's a pleated skirt which reduces the bulk at the waistline. All nice construction details which make this another winner pattern from Keepers!