1800s Simple Stitches Dress 18" Doll Clothes

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If you'd like a quick project, Flossie Potter's "1800s Simple Stitches Dress" PDF sewing pattern is a simple, yet pretty, design for 18" dolls such as American Girl®. The wide-necked dress with Bishop sleeves has a fitted bodice that can have either a lining or facing. The gathered skirt portion falls below the knees with options for a 1/4" hem or 1" hem with trim (same total length of skirt).

Pair the dress with its companion pattern, "1800s Simple Stitches Heart Warmer & Snood" for an authentic look.

Recommended Fabrics:  light-weight cotton, light-weight lining such as batiste

Supplies Needed:
Main fabric:

  • 1/2 yd (42" wide) light-weight cotton

Lining or Facing:

  • 1/4 yd or remnant of light-weight fabric such as batiste


  • 9 inches of 1/8" elastic
  • Optional decorative trim, such as rick-rack
  • 5-6" of Hook-and-loop tape
  • -OR- snaps with optional decorative buttons

Helpful Tools:

  • point turner
  • serger
  • sleeve board
  • hand needle (optional)

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 22 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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