This simple A-line wrap dress pattern by Thimbles and Acorns is based on a popular design from the 1960s. It is made with only one pattern piece and requires no buttons, zippers, or ties to keep it on. With only a handful of straight and curved seams to sew, beginning seamstresses will love how quickly and easily it comes together. One version has instructions for a 1960s styled mini-dress as well as a modern version with an asymmetrical hemline.
Recommended Fabrics: Dress and Lining in lightweight to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits.
Past Dress ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m)
Past Dress Lining ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m)
Present Dress ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m)
Present Dress Lining ~ 1/2 yard (1/2 m)
Note: Fabric amounts are generous; most items can be cut from leftover pieces of fabric.
Thread. Present Dress ~ 2/3 yard 1-inch wide lace, 2/3 yard narrow trim.
Skill Level: Beginner
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I made this dress for myself when it was the '60's. It looks a lot better on my Sasha doll. I read all the directions carefully and decided instead to do a full edge to edge lining and make the garment reversible. This works only if both fabrics are the same weight. Directional prints are OK. All my cats are right side up. The multicolor cats reverse to red with small black pawprints. I pressed down the shoulder seam allowances and sewed around everything else leaving a 3" opening for turning. This dress will make a core for a themed wardrobe by adding a little hat ;bucket? Reversible?] a bag, capris or shorts and a top. Enough for a trip or for a stay-home festival in honor of the family cat. Quilting buddies mention having seen aprons and hospital gowns in this cut. I will probably make a shorter version for these purposes. In felt minus the seam allowances and with glued overlapped shoulder seams it would work well for dolls' theatrical costumes. Pappagena for instance with felt 'feathers' decorating her costume. This should work well for those whose best sewing skills are no longer or not yet. A good multigenerational pattern.
I have sewn the "past" dress for 18" and 16" dolls. I love the way the dresses fit and look on the dolls. The directions were clear and easy to follow.
Machine sewn with a little hand stitching required. Yes, authentic for the era. Another 1970s-80s doll series had a similar pattern that was contemporary to the doll. This quick and easy to make dress is a great addition to her wardrobe. No buttons, snaps, or hook-and-loop to mess with or dress with, makes this easy to use for play. Leave it as is or fancy it up with ribbon or jewelry. Because it wraps on, I think this would be a wonderful outfit for use by children with certain disabilities to dress their doll in. I have only made the 16" version so far.
I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it so I had to buy it and make it. I wasn't disappointed! I knew it was from the 60s and loved the look. I have made several versions with both "vintage looking" fabric and current designs. Both turn out cute! This dress is easy to put on a doll (and easy to sew) considering there are no clasps, closures, hooks, or anything else. You just wrap it onto the doll and you are done! I made sure the lining fabric coordinated with the dress fabric so if it peeked through it would look awesome, and it does. I highly recommend this pattern!