This simple A-line wrap dress pattern by Thimbles and Acorns is based on a popular design from the 1960s. It is made with only one pattern piece and requires no buttons, zippers, or ties to keep it on. With only a handful of straight and curved seams to sew, beginning seamstresses will love how quickly and easily it comes together. One version has instructions for a 1960s styled mini-dress as well as a modern version with an asymmetrical hemline.
Recommended Fabrics: Dress and Lining in lightweight to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits.
Past Dress ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m)
Past Dress Lining ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m)
Present Dress ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m)
Present Dress Lining ~ 1/2 yard (1/2 m)
Note: Fabric amounts are generous; most items can be cut from leftover pieces of fabric.
Thread. Present Dress ~ 2/3 yard 1-inch wide lace, 2/3 yard narrow trim.
Skill Level: Beginner
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 digitally drawn 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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I have sewn the "past" dress for 18" and 16" dolls. I love the way the dresses fit and look on the dolls. The directions were clear and easy to follow.
Machine sewn with a little hand stitching required. Yes, authentic for the era. Another 1970s-80s doll series had a similar pattern that was contemporary to the doll. This quick and easy to make dress is a great addition to her wardrobe. No buttons, snaps, or hook-and-loop to mess with or dress with, makes this easy to use for play. Leave it as is or fancy it up with ribbon or jewelry. Because it wraps on, I think this would be a wonderful outfit for use by children with certain disabilities to dress their doll in. I have only made the 16" version so far.
I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it so I had to buy it and make it. I wasn't disappointed! I knew it was from the 60s and loved the look. I have made several versions with both "vintage looking" fabric and current designs. Both turn out cute! This dress is easy to put on a doll (and easy to sew) considering there are no clasps, closures, hooks, or anything else. You just wrap it onto the doll and you are done! I made sure the lining fabric coordinated with the dress fabric so if it peeked through it would look awesome, and it does. I highly recommend this pattern!
This is a very fun and easy dress to make. There are no snaps, velcro or buttons. It has 3 armholes so it wraps around the doll and overlaps with no dolly skin showing. I think it would be excellent for little girls who might struggle with dressing their dolls. I was unfamiliar with 3 armhole dresses, so I did some research and found that they were popular in the 1960's. Perfect for my Girl for All Time, Sam.