Sleuth 1930s Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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This stylish dress by Dollhouse Designs was inspired by the stories of the 1930s and ‘40s historical American Girl® dolls and their love of a good mystery. The delightful Nancy Drew book series that began in 1930, and  -with changes- is still inspiring young girls today as “Girl Detective”.
I imagine that Nancy Drew’s plucky intelligence was an influence on many
young girls through the years, including this designer. As a child, I gloried in finding mysteries about the house to solve!
The 1930s & ‘40s was also a celebrated style period that featured very structured
tailoring. I have tried to capture that look in this design.
Use lightweight fabrics to construct the dress. Trims can be added easily at neckline, sleeves, and the waistband. While the gathering might look tricky, the shaped pattern pieces create the unique look of this style. This is an Experienced-Basic level pattern (someone who has sewn a few items before). Clear instruction & images guide you through each step.

Recommended Fabrics: Dress – Lightweight Woven – Cotton & Cotton Blends up to quilting weight. Lining – Very lightweight cotton or silky lining fabrics are ideal. Contrast– Same as Dress fabrics.

Supplies Needed:

Dress – Lightweight Woven – Cotton & Cotton Blends up to quilting weight.
Lining – Very lightweight cotton or silky lining fabrics are ideal.
Contrast– Same as Dress fabrics.
Fabric

  • 1/2 yard light to mid-weight woven cotton and cotton blend fabrics (Cotton prints, chambray, poly
  • blend wovens, calico, quilter’s cotton)
  • 1/4 yard Contrast Fabric or remnant

*Use 1/4” seam allowance unless noted. If using stripes or plaid, more yardage will be needed to match
pieces.
Trim Yardage (Optional)

  • 1 yard trim (depending on areas embellished, more yardage may be required) – narrow or baby ricrac, lace, piping, etc.

Notions - Matching thread 
Closure method such as 4" length of 1/2" wide hook and loop tape

Skill Level: Intermediate

What You Get: One 28 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! This pattern comes with a 2 page summary of instructions to help you save on printer ink.  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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10/18/2021
Carol A.
United States United States
sleuth dress

Other quality patterns I have bought on line have been too small for the almost 30 year old American Girl Samantha doll I am dressing. So I took scrap fabric and made up the basic pattern to check the fitting. I was pleasantly surprised to find the dress fit perfectly. No changes to the pattern were needed. Easy to follow directions.

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08/31/2021
Trish
United States United States
Love this Sleuth pattern ❤️

The gathering at the front bodice and on the sleeves was relatively easy to manage. I used a premium mid weight quilting cotton and it worked well. I love the Princess seams. Overall, great pattern. Can't wait to make it again.

Pixie Faire Sleuth 1930s Dress 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
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12/04/2020
Patricia S.
Canada Canada
A sweetheart of a dress

Great pattern for your 1930s girls! It’s become a staple in my sewing repertoire. The possible combinations of pretty fabrics and rick rack are endless!

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05/07/2020
Kathy
Canada Canada
Sleuth 1930s

Wonderful! The fit is perfect and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.

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03/18/2020
Charlene C.
United States United States
Love this pattern. Easy to

Love this pattern. Easy to follow.

Pixie Faire Sleuth 1930s Dress 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review