Holiday Helper 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The perfect outfit for that first Holiday job at the Mall! Whether it’s wrapping gifts, babysitting or hanging decorations, your 18-inch doll will look enchanting in her adorable 'Holiday Helper' costume from Little Miss Muffett.

The outfit consists of a long-sleeved Bodysuit, mock-layered Skirt, pretty Bolero and cute ‘Santa’ Cap. The fitted Bodysuit has a round neck and closes at the back with Hook & Loop Tape with a Zipper Finish. The gathered Skirt, which closes at Center Back with a snap fastener, has a tulle ruffle and an extension to add a little extra color and festiveness. The lined Bolero has a fold back collar, optional piping and two small buttons to finish. The ‘Santa’ Cap sports a fur sideband and pompom.

This fairly easy intermediate level pattern is designed to fit 18-inch soft-bodied dolls such as American Girl®.

Recommended Fabrics:  Four-Way Stretch Knit; Quilters’ Cotton; Tulle & Low Pile Fur.

Supplies Needed:

Fabric Used in examples – Four-Way Stretch Knit was used for the Bodysuit, Quilters’ Cotton for the Skirt, Bolero & Santa Cap, Tulle trim for the Skirt and Low Pile Fur trim for the Santa Cap.

Fabric Requirements:

  • Bodysuit : Four-Way Stretch Knit - 17” x 32”
  • Bolero & Lining : Quilters’ Cotton - 18” x 12”
  • Upper Skirt: Quilters’ Cotton - 8” x 33”
  • Skirt Extension : Quilters’ Cotton - 1¾” x 32
  • Tulle for Skirt : Medium Weight Tulle - 120” x 1¾” or 2 x 60”x 1¾”
  • Santa Cap : Quilters’ Cotton - 17” x 18”
  • Fur Trim for Santa Cap Sideband & Ball Topper : Low Pile Fur or Fleece - 15” x 6”
  • Interfacing for Skirt Waistband & Santa Cap : Fusible, Lightweight - 14” x 7”


  • Hook & Loop Tape for Bodysuit Center Back Opening - 6” x 3/8” wide
  • Double-Sided Quilter’s Tape - 12” x ¼” wide
  • Snap Fastener for Skirt Center Back Opening - 1 x 3/8” wide (Size 1)
  • Narrow Piping for Bolero (Optional) - Approx. 22”
  • Decorative Buttons for Bolero - 2 x 1/4” wide
  • Polyester Fiber Fill Stuffing for Santa Cap Ball Topper - Approx. 3 grams

Matching Thread, Erasable Marking Pen, Hemostatic Clamp or Scissor-Handle Tweezers, Point Turner, Pressing Tools, Teflon™ Sheet, Clear Tape, general sewing supplies.

A ‘Universal Stretch Needle – 75/11’, ‘Universal 40/80 Twin Needle’, ‘Universal Sewing Needle – 80/10’, a Walking Foot, Piping Foot, General Purpose Foot and a ¼” Foot are used throughout the sewing process.

Skill Level:  Easy Intermediate

What You Get: One 67 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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Holiday Helper - a fun, easy sew

I tested this pattern for the designer. Honestly, it took me longer to decide which fabrics I wanted to put together than to sew the whole outfit. My stash of stretch fabrics is limited, so that was the keystone for my color choices. The pattern is well designed and goes together quickly and the finished outfit is so darned cute, your doll is going to want more than one of these outfits. It's such a versatile pattern too, the bodysuit can become underwear, sleepwear or a base for a gymnastics outfit, the bolero looks great with a teeshirt and jeans, and the skirt is great for all year round, depending on your fabric choices. You won't regret adding this fabulous pattern to your stash, I promise!

Pixie Faire Holiday Helper 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review