Dirndl 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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A dirndl is a type of traditional dress worn in Germany and especially Bavaria, Austria and South Tyrol. It is based on the traditional clothing of Alp peasants. Nowadays, the Dirndl is often seen at traditional festivals, the most famous being Oktoberfest.
With this pattern you can create a button front or lace-up front dirndl. Both options have a mock front and the dress closes with hook and loop tape in the back.
The blouse is a crop top that is closed with snaps in the back and is worn underneath the dirndl.
The apron completes the traditional dress.

This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.

Recommended Fabrics:  • Dress and Apron - Medium weight woven fabrics - Cotton, quilter’s cotton. • Blouse – Traditionally white in color - Light weight woven fabric – Light linen or cotton. 

Supplies Needed:
Button Dirndl
-Buttons - 1/4" – x4
Lace-Up Dirndl
-Ribbon – 1/8” Wide – 11.5”
-Fabric – Insert – Remnant 2.5 x 3”
Both Options
-Fabric - Dress – 7.5 x 43”
-Fabric – Blouse – 14 x 18”
-Fabric – Lining – 5.5 x 16”
-Fabric – Apron – 8 x 21” or Fat Quarter
-Matching threads
-Elastic - 1/4" Wide – 8”
-Elastic - 1/8” Wide – 18”
-Optional: 1/4" – 1/2" Wide lace and ribbons to add as embellishment.
-hook and loop tape – 3.5” (5/8” width – cut in half to get about ¼” wide)
-Marking pen or pencil
-Loop turner
-Bodkin or safety pin
-Iron and ironing board
-Optional: Glue Pen

Skill Level:  Easy to Intermediate

What You Get: One 26 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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Dixie W.
United States


Great pattern. Easy instructions to follow. Very pretty

Linda L
Sydney Australia

Folk costume

The pattern was easy to follow and well finished . I was very pleased with the results. I lengthened the dress and sleeves on my second outfit to make a more authentic traditional costume.

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Mirta B.
United States

very cute pattern!! My doll looks really pretty in her dirndle

Easy pattern instructions

Belinda H.
United States


Excellent instructions and it looks beautiful. I will definitely be buying more.

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Stephanie C.
United States

18" Dirndl Doll Clothes Pattern

I love this pattern. I made a scrappy version with many small blue prints and I love how it turned out. I still have to make the blouse but the pattern was detailed and great to follow.

Stephanie C. verified customer review of Dirndl 18 Doll Clothes Pattern