Nautical Pleats 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Travel back in time with this darling 1920s style Nautical Dress, by Keepers Dolly Duds. The dress features a loose fitting dropped waist bodice, knee length box pleated skirt, and elbow length sleeves. An underbodice with a close fitting stand up collar adds a bit of dimension and matching bias trim along the edges of the sailor collar and bodice front outline the asymmetrical faux front closure. The dress opens all the way in back for easy dressing and is fastened with five working buttons; hook and loop tape or snaps can be used, if preferred. For added interest, the skirting and sleeves are hemmed with decorative stitching, the sleeves are embellished with dainty fabric bows, and two decorative buttons secure the faux front closure. A smart looking tie at the base of the collar finishes the outfit like an exclamation point.

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

Suggested Fabrics: Dress in medium weight cotton, cotton blends, cotton shirting, muslin, seersucker, or silk. Not suitable for knits. Contrast in light weight cotton, cotton blends, cotton shirting, muslin, seersucker, or silk. Not suitable for knits.

 

Supplies Needed:

Fabric
  • Dress ~ 1/2 yard 45” wide fabric
  • Contrast ~ 1/4 - 1/3 yard 45” wide fabric (1/3 yard if cutting bias tape from contrast fabric)
Notions
  • Thread
  • 8” x 8” piece of lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Five 3/8” buttons (snaps or hook and loop tape can be used instead of working buttonholes)
  • Two 1/4” decorative buttons for the bodice front
  • Optional, 3/4 yard 3/8” wide ribbon to be used in place of the bias trim along the front and collars
Tools
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Iron and pressing tools
  • Ruler
  • Tube turner for turning the dress ties (a straw and bobby pin can be used instead)

 

Skill Level: Intermediate
 

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 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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LO
12/09/2021
Liz o.
United States United States

Pleated sailor dress

Another wonderful pattern from Keepers! Sewed up beautifully, I did not use a clapper on the pleats, so they aren’t as crisp as they should be. My granddaughter should love this. The triple stitch top stitching adds a lot to the design!

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LC
03/04/2021
Lisa C.
United States United States

So cute!

I know I messed up the pleats, but I'll get it next time. It was easy and the outcome is adorable -- messed up pleats and all.

Pixie Faire Nautical Pleats 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
KK
02/12/2021
keroack, k.
United States United States

Love this pattern!

I love middy styles, and this dress hits the mark. The pattern is well designed, fits beautifully, and the directions are clear and easy to follow. I expect this will become one of my favorite patterns!

Pixie Faire Nautical Pleats 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
S
01/29/2021
Sewbig
United States United States

KDD Nautical Pleats Dress

I think it's a testament to the quality of Keepers' patterns that you can make a dress at home which looks just like the beautiful garments she makes. Great instructions and fit make this dress another heirloom for your doll. Here's a tip for pleats - Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar and 3/4 cup water in a spray bottle. Spray your pleats, and use a wood clapper with your iron to get long lasting pleats. I used Middy Braid and mini-piping for my trim. Classic!

Pixie Faire Nautical Pleats 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
MG
01/28/2021
Michele G.
Canada Canada

Nautical Pleats

Although I usually sew more contempary styles I have always liked this drop waisted nautical looks. This pattern was just the thing - fairly easy once you set up the pleats

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