The Italian word serenata means "an evening song," and the noun serenade is a tune played or sung, either for one specific person or for a larger audience, outside.* The Serenade Maxi Dress, by Forever 18 Inches, is a nod to romance and balmy evenings, where casual glamour and an evening under the stars combine to create that one unforgettable dress that's remembered long after the special occasion has become a memory. The dress features a fitted, dropped bodice with a graceful curve, a high-low skirt, and pretty bias ties that add an unexpected touch to the back. The skirt can be gathered, ruffled, banded, or a graceful circle that's ready to twirl during a dance. Two sets of cutting lines and comprehensive step-by-step instructions ensure a good fit and a pleasant sewing experience for a wide range of seamstress sewing skills. Special directions that make it easy to gather and attach yards of ruffles are also included. You can even hum a favorite song to your doll as you sew in anticipation!
This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.
Recommended Fabrics: Medium-light to medium weight quilter's cotton with a bit of drape and tight weave are ideal. Other natural fabrics such as chambray or even a lightweight bridal satin would also work. Fabrics for the Facing or Lining could be batiste or lawn for cotton fabrics, or a shiny lining fabric if using a dressy fabric such as satin.
- Option 1: 2/3 yd. of 45" wide fabric
- Option 2 : 2/3 yd. of 45" wide fabric
- Option 3: 1 yd. of 45" wide fabric
- All Options: 1/4 yd. (or equivalent scrap piece) of lightweight fabric such as batiste or lawn for the Lining.
1. Matching thread and optional contrast thread
2. Three medium-sized snaps OR approximately 4" of Hook-and-Loop
3. One pair of small, very sharp scissors to trim seam allowances
4. Fray Check®
5. A Frixion® pen or other tool to mark dots on the bodice
Skill Level: Easy & Intermediate
What You Get: One 56 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 6 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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The pattern is easy to follow, and the nice choice of styles.
The pattern was great the view 1 had a few places where it said B back when B was the side and C was the back, but the photos showed the correct piece, I love the dress and will make more with this pattern, cannot wait to try the other views they all look great. I added a big bow, just love this pattern
I made the serenade maxi dress with no ruffle or band - the pattern is well written, sews up very timely, and is adorable on the doll. I made this dress for my granddaughter - I had made her a long sundress using this fabric so she is going to love this long dress for her doll. Will definitely use this pattern again.
cute dress, thank you!