1940's Panel Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Create a historical panel dress from the 40's  with this PDF pattern.  The dress is lined (with the exception of the sleeves) and the back closes down the back with 5 snaps (if desired, it can also be closed up with hook and loop tape) and bias cut ties. It is made up of 5 panels in the front and four in the back to create a fitted look up top and a flared look at the bottom. This dress has a high yoke and square cut neckline. The neckline, hemline, and sleeve bands may be embellished with lace. Two tiny buttons are sewn onto the center front yoke of the dress.

Recommended Fabrics:  cotton, linen, cotton blends (not suitable for knits)


Supplies Needed:
-Dress: 3/8 yard lightweight to medium fabric
-Lining: 3/8 yard lightweight fabric
-Sleeve bands: scrap piece of contrast fabric (5" x 12")
-Collar (optional):1 yard of 1/2" lace
-For bottom of dress + sleeve bands (optional): 1.5 yards of 1/2" lace
-2 mini buttons (about 1/4" diameter)
-5 snaps (size 2/0 or 3/0) or hook and loop tape (1/2")
-Matching thread
-Hand sewing needle

Skill Level:  This pattern is intermediate because of the curved seams and the hand sewing involved.


What You Get: One 21 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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Barbara C.
United States United States

1940 Panel Dress

It turned out beautiful. I loved it.

J U.


I had difficulty with this pattern. Sewing the outer portion and lining was easy, but when you go to see the two together, everything gets messed up. I have seen other historical doll gowns, including the colonial patterns without difficulty. Despite the pictures in the pattern, the instructions for drawing the lining in could be outlined more clearly. I won't try this pattern again.

Paulette V.

très jolie modèle facile a

très jolie modèle facile a réaliser très élégant et actuel un grand bravo et merci amicalement paulette

Debbie R.

Adorable dress for Molly

Pattern worked up beautifully and even fit my older Molly perfectly!

Shirley W.

Fashioned by rebecca 1940s Panel Dress

I made the dress and found it came together easy. However, I feel the chest and arms are a little tight and plan to increase the pattern a fourth of an inch next time I make it.