Butterfly Frock 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The Butterfly Frock is a simple, timeless dress. Although it has buttons up the front, there are no button holes to make. There are snaps hidden underneath the buttons. It's quick and easy to put together if you've ever made something with rick rack peeking out from the seams. If not, you can learn how while making this dress. 

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

Recommended Fabrics: cotton piqué, soft denim, corduroy, heavier cotton blend

Supplies Needed:

  • 1/2 yard fabric - heavier weight cotton or cotton blend
  • 1/2 yard fabric for the lining - lightweight cotton or blend
  • 1 1/4 yards baby rick rack
  • 8 small buttons
  • 5 small snaps
  • matching thread
  • fabric scraps to make the butterflies
  • tulle scraps to make the butterflies
  • 2 - 5" pieces of 1mm black cotton cording

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 14 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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Ruth K.
United States United States

Darling dress

The pattern is easy to follow and the little dress turned out very well. I made it in white pique with teal rickrack. Then I varied the colors of the little buttons. The little girl who receives this will be so happy!


Playful dress

A simple little dress which is fully lined. My coloured pencil fabric was the focus so I didn't add embellishments but I'd like to make it again with the butterfly details. Very cute.

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Carla E.

Butterfly Frock

It all went very well except the shoulder straps or whatever you'd call them. I must have made a mistake with the seam allowance, they turned out narrow. I mean it worked out i guess, but looked nothing like the cover picture. Any ideas?

cynthia w.
United States

Butterfly Frock 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

I made the Butterfly Frock pattern for the 14 in size dolls (heart for hearts dolls) ; super easy to make and cute as can be. Just make sure to pin your front and back with linings together so you don't end up sewing it backwards like I did. I'm Not a skilled seamstress,Lol!

Denise B.

butterfly frock

I made this dress in a deep red pinwale corduroy and I used candy cane appliques instead of butterflies. The rick rack I used was white. I made a white turtleneck to go underneath. Let me tell you, it turned out adorable. I love this pattern!