1970s First Formal 18" Doll Clothes

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Who can forget going to their first "Formal?"  This pattern is based on a dress I wore to mine, back in the '70s.  I felt so grown up!

The Flossie Potter 1970s First Formal is short dress (high-thigh length) with empire waist and bishop's sleeves.  It has a stand-up lace collar, lace trim on the fitted cuffs, and an optional ribbon with front bow. 

The PDF sewing pattern contains 12 pages of step-by-step instructions with full-color illustrations, full-size pattern pieces, and 3 pages of printable summary instructions (to let you save on printer ink).

When you make this dress for your doll's first formal, she'll feel grown up, too!

Recommended Fabrics:  light-weight fabric such as cotton, rayon, or batiste

Supplies Needed:
 -1/4 yd (55" wide) OR 1/3 yd (44" wide) main fabric
-Remnant for lining fabric (on bodice only)
-16½" lace (no wider than ½")
-7½" Hook-and-loop tape
-Optional Ribbon (no wider than ½")

Skill Level:  Easy Plus  

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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Vendor: Flossie Potter

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Good pattern to make if your AG is a pre-teen!

This pattern is a great pattern to make if your AG doll is a little older than the 9-10 year old persona. The bodice construction on this pattern gives the doll a more "pre-teen" body type -- perfect for a first dance. Lots of techniques to make this a fast sewing project. Designed with velcro closure at the wrists and back, you'll get this one done with no hand stitching.


70's First Formal

This is another great 70's style dress. Good instructions and photos make it easy. Love how she does the velcro closure on the sleeves.

Jozel W.

New 70's style!

Love the continued emphasis on period patterns. I am making 70's patterns to give to a friend getting Julie as her first AG, so this one's timing was perfect. Good pictures and easy to understand directions make this a joy to sew! Have fun.