So Long, Farewell Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The “Sound of Music” is one of this designer's all-time favorite movies. The story is captivating, the music is unforgettable, and the costumes are a feast for the eyes. She has been wanting to recreate a number of the costumes from the movie for years, and the dress Liesel wore when they sang “So Long, Farewell” had to be the first!

The bodice of the dress echos a traditional dirndl with the off-shoulder neckline and faux chemise, but the bubble hem on the fully lined sleeves gives it an almost ethereal appearance. The dress fastens in the back with five buttons (hook-and-loop tape can be used if preferred) and the full-circle skirt makes it perfect for dancing. To complete the outfit, instructions for double-bow ribbon sash are included.

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

TA Pattern #1930-01

Suggested Fabrics:  Dress in light to medium weight fabrics such as cotton, linen, gingham, broadcloth, sateen, quilting cotton, silk. One way prints not recommended. Not suitable for knits. Contrast and Lining in lightweight fabrics such as batiste, lawn, and voile.


Supplies Needed:  

  • Dress - 3/4 yard 45” wide fabric
  • Contrast and Lining - 1/4 yard 45” wide fabric


  • Thread
  • Five 3/8” buttons for closures. Hook-and-loop tape or snaps can be used, if preferred.
  • 1 yard narrow string for neckline drawstring
  • 42 seed beads (optional)
  • 1 1/2 yard 1/2” double-faced ribbon for sash
  • 1 medium size snap
  • Three 5/8” embroidered flower motif


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Iron and pressing tools
  • Blunt needle or point turner

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 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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