She stood on the deck of the ocean liner, her face set against the salty wind. It was a grand adventure she was on - it was turning out to be much further afield, and wilder, than any she’d ever anticipated. But, as the wind beat against the perfect pleats of her elegant dress, she knew it would all work out in the end. Introducing the MVC Transcontinental Dress PDF Pattern for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl®!
With its understated styling, this smashing little frock is perfect for your doll’s everyday adventures --no matter how many continents she may cross. Pleats radiate down the bodice and skirt, with a straight waistband to finish the look. The yoke, hemline and sleeves are great for featuring a beautiful lace or trim.
This dress works best if you use a lightweight knit for the fashion fabric, and a mid-weight material with a little stretch as a lining. For the red dress example, we used a light wool jersey, and lined it with a spandex-blend fabric. The pattern example is made from a very light knit, with a cotton/ spandex lining. Any beautiful lace or ribbon trim will work; we used French cotton lace in both examples because of its amazing detail.
-1/3 yard Fashion fabric
-1/3 yard Lining fabric
-1 1/2 yds lace or ribbon trim (1/4” - 3/8“ wide)
-1 - 7 or 9” invisible zipper in matching color
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 25 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.Download, Print, Sew!
I’ve been eyeing this dress for a long time, but every time I read the suggestion of making it in a knit, I moved on. Not that I mind sewing with knits at all, but a knit fabric with all those pleats just didn’t seem right! After some conversations with a few people, I decided to give this a try with a woven fabric … I used a linen for the outside, with a very thin batiste for the lining. I made no adjustments to the size this first time, and found that the dress fit fine … but barely! With no stretch like a knit would have, it was a little hard to get over the splayed fingers on her right hand, and the bodice is just a little snug. I think if I did it again in a woven, I would reprint the whole pattern at 105% … my test shows that would add about 1/8” all around, which would be a big help. (Keep in mind this adjustment is because I’m trying to use a woven fabric for a dress specified as a “for knit” … would probably fit fine in a knit that has a little more give.). Besides that, I thought the dress was gorgeous … the completely finished inside made it just as pretty inside as out, and gave me some “finishing” ideas for other patterns. Not a pattern for a beginner at all, but sometimes I like a challenge!
I loved the couture design of this pattern. I will make another in another fabric..
I enjoyed making this dress and my granddaughter loves it. she now wants me to make her one to match so they can be the same. not a hard pattern to follow. I was very pleased