These darling Drawstring Shorts make just the right fashion statement for your 18 inch fashionista doll. Dress them up with a stylish jacket for a dinner out with friends or pair them with a cute tee and Janes shoes for a fun day in the park. These shorts feature front pleats, slant pockets and a functioning drawstring laced through center front buttonhole openings which results in a paper bag style waist when tied. Our cover example shows the option of using a contrast waistband and pocket, which is a fun look! The shorts also look great all in one fabric!
The design looks best when a fabric with soft drape is used. A woven fabric is best, but not a stiff quilting cotton.
The PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18 inch soft bodied dolls such as American Girl®. It also fits the Karito Kids Doll (pictured on the example image bottom right).
Suggested fabrics include lightweight cottons, rayons, linens, and a variety of lightweight knits.Supplies Needed:
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 12 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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I cut out and sewed a pair in just half an hour! I think I will make some that have ribbon ties instead of fabric, but they look cute either way. I used a lightweight knit that had some drape, and that made the shorts hang perfectly. A great way to use up some fabric and to make a quick and easy outfit that has plenty of cool details.
Just finished making these shorts. They are really cute. I made them from green material with lady bugs and bought large lady bug buttons to fit on the ends of the drawstring super cute! Thanks for the free pattern.
What a pattern, so simple but so perfect. Love the pleat/tucks, love the ties and love the button holes. I did not like making button holes as a rule, but so simple now, I love them. because one is working with a single layer of fabric, I sewed the button hole with a coffee filter under it. Coffee filter tears out easily after sewing. It leaves a little in and around the button hole but that will be inside and never show. SO EASY!!! Keep up the good work designing these amazing patterns.