Button Front Sundress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Pack away those heavy sweaters and snow boots! The dolls in your life want to change into something light and pretty, and Forever 18 Inches has a solution: a vintage-inspired dress with princess seams, halter ties, a no-buttonhole faux placket, and a couple of skirt options for two unique looks. You can make a dress with a short placket and full circle skirt, or a gathered version that's suitable for plaids, stripes, border prints and eyelet. The lined bodice has multiple cutting lines to accommodate varying doll measurements and closes in the back. The Center Back has a small cut-out finished with tabs to hold the bodice ties in place, and a bonus petticoat is included for dolls who want to twirl and dance. Play your catchiest Do-Wop music and start sewing now for those days with warm weather and balmy breezes!

Learn how to make a quick and easy belt to polish off your new outfit! Instructions are provided in the Santa's Helper Pattern Hack

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

Recommended Fabrics:  Quilter's cotton, lightweight chambray, lightweight denim, For the petticoat: batiste or lawn

Supplies Needed:

- For Option 1: 1/2 yd. 45" wide fabric
- For Option 2: 1/3 yd. 45" wide fabric

Bonus Petticoat: 1/3 yd. of lightweight fabric

1. Matching thread
2. Two medium-sized snaps OR two pieces of thin 3/8” wide Hook-and-Loop tape,
about 2” long
3. Option 1: Five ¼" buttons; Option 2: ten ¼" buttons
4. One pair of small, very sharp scissors to trim seam allowances
5. Fray Check
6. Frixion pen or other marking tool

1. 12” of 5/8” elastic (regular or Foldover Elastic [FOE]). ¾” wide elastic will also work.
2. 3 yds. of 6” wide tulle (I recommend the type that comes on spools).
3. Matching thread

Skill Level:  Intermediate 

What You Get: One 52 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. An 8 page Summary of Instructions is also included to help save on printer ink.  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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PixieFaire and the designers featured are not affiliated with American Girl®. 


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Harriett T.
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doll button front dress

Made it out of Hawaiian print and is adorable.

Carol G
Branson, MO

My girls can't wait for warm weather so they can wear this dress!

As always this designer includes a little surprise in her design elements as well as different looks included! Great pattern, well thought out, lots of pictures!

Gay F

Button Front Sundress

This is a great pattern. I bought it and had to make it right away. Pictures and instructions are very detailed. This is a perfect sundress for your doll.


Rockabilly Style!

I was inspired to make this dress using an "I love Elvis" print because it reminds me of the rockabilly style. There are options for fitting this dress to slim or chubby dolls, and two skirt styles. I've made both versions and they are equally stylish. As usual, all of the photos and instructions are what you would expect from the designer, which ensures a beautiful outcome. I added a bit of lace to the placket of the other dress for an extra detail. Bring on the sunny weather!

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Carol G
Branson, MO

Fun Pattern-sew many ideas!

I love having skirt options, and a wonderful slip to bring out the fullness of the skirt! Sews up fast , great directions/pictures. Designer does awesome work!