1800s Simple Stitches Dress 18" Doll Clothes

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If you'd like a quick project, Flossie Potter's "1800s Simple Stitches Dress" PDF sewing pattern is a simple, yet pretty, design for 18" dolls such as American Girl®. The wide-necked dress with Bishop sleeves has a fitted bodice that can have either a lining or facing. The gathered skirt portion falls below the knees with options for a 1/4" hem or 1" hem with trim (same total length of skirt).

Pair the dress with its companion pattern, "1800s Simple Stitches Heart Warmer & Snood" for an authentic look.

Recommended Fabrics:  light-weight cotton, light-weight lining such as batiste

Supplies Needed:
Main fabric:

  • 1/2 yd (42" wide) light-weight cotton

Lining or Facing:

  • 1/4 yd or remnant of light-weight fabric such as batiste


  • 9 inches of 1/8" elastic
  • Optional decorative trim, such as rick-rack
  • 5-6" of Hook-and-loop tape
  • -OR- snaps with optional decorative buttons

Helpful Tools:

  • point turner
  • serger
  • sleeve board
  • hand needle (optional)

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 22 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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1800 simple Stitches dress

This is a nice simple sew. Great instructions that are easy to follow and the dress is super cute when finished. Accessory pack too.

Veneta L.
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1800 Simple Stitches Dress

I have not tried to make it yet. I am always pleased with my downloads from Pixie Faire.

Kathy N.
United States United States
1800s Simple Stitches Dress

If you like the older styles of clothes which I do this is a great pattern for you. I had the pleasure of testing this dress, and it was really fun to do. I love how the sleeves are done, with half of them being lined. There are so many ways to switch the look too with fabric choices, and use of trim or fancy stitches. I did this first one plain, but next time I will add some stitching to bring out the true sweetness of the dress. Be sure to pair it with the complementary pattern, 1800s Simple Stitches Heart Warmer & Snood. It is available separately.

Pixie Faire 1800s Simple Stitches Dress 18 Doll Clothes Review
Elise A.
United States United States
One feature, many methods!

One of the things I really enjoy about these patterns is learning different ways of doing the same thing. Facings, linings, hems, sleeves, gathering, turning. There is always something to learn! This pattern has options and the result is not only cute, but will stand up to a child’s sometimes rough play.

Pixie Faire 1800s Simple Stitches Dress 18 Doll Clothes Review