Sofie's Bell Sleeve Dress & Top 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The Bell Sleeve Dress and Top, inspired by a preteen fashion for this pattern but available on the fashion scene in all sizes for young and old, has been scaled down perfectly for the 18-inch doll! The exciting thing about this design is that it offers several different options for finishing making it very versatile! 

Several variations are included in this pattern:

  • The First is illustrated on the top as exposed serged seam allowances and hems, a turned neckline finish and a Hook & Loop (H&L) closure.
  • The Second is a variation to the first option top with a very easy technique for the "popular exposed zipper trend" using a separating zipper back closure and an applied neck facing. The separating zipper back closure is as easy or easier to install than using hook & loop tape. 
  • The Third option is illustrated on the dress with concealed seam allowances and hems, an exposed 7 inch “All Purpose (Skirt/Pant) Zipper” back closure and an applied neck facing. 

All features can be used interchangeably on the top and dress.

The top is designed for a serged edge finish and hems making it a quick, simple pattern to stitch up with a designer touch. However, since not everyone has a serger the steps to use hidden seams and hems on the sleeve and waistline is also included as a feature to make this top/dress.

There are some FYI tip pages with suggested accessories that may help if using a regular machine, instead of the serger, to obtain finished edges.

Pair the top with Sofie's 3 Tier Circle Skirt for a complete outfit. 

Recommended Fabrics:  Light to medium weight wovens such as cotton, linen, chambray or similar fabrics or similar fabrics

Supplies Needed:

● Hook & Loop Tape (7 inches)
● 7-inch skirt zipper (or longer can be shortened) for “Exposed Zipper Look”

● matching or contrast

● Basting Tape (such as Wash Away Wonder Tape found in the quilting section of craft stores such as Jo-Ann Fabric)

● Optional - (sleeve ruffle hem) Narrow Hem Presser Foot (3mm or 1/8 Inch)

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 60 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The pattern includes an 8 page summary of instructions so you can save on printer ink.  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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wanda w.
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It was fast and easy. Love my patterns. Can’t wait to see up everything

Sandra H.
New Zealand

Bell sleeve dress and top pattern

I found this easy to sew, but might make it a tiny bit bigger for my granddaughters generation doll next time. I made it in a floral denim to match a bell sleeved firefly jacket (Oliver and S) previously made for my granddaughter