Jo's Writing Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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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.


Supplies Needed:
  • Dress ~ 1/2 yard 45” wide fabric
  • Contrast Belt and Cuff ~ 26” x 4” piece of fabric
  • Contrast Collar ~ 12” x 6” piece of fabric
  • Lining - 18” x 6” piece of fabric

  • Thread
  • Three 3/8” buttons for back closure (hook and loop tape or snaps can be used, if preferred)
  • Six inches of 1/4” wide ribbon
  • Six inch square of lightweight fusible interfacing
  • One 1/2” wide buckle

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Iron and pressing tools
  • Ruler
  • Point turner or blunt needle


    Skill Level: Intermediate

    What You Get: One 23 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides step-by-step full color illustrations 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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