Fab Forties 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Fab Forties is a vintage-inspired dress for your 18” doll. The dress buttons down the front, showing off the gently curved sweetheart neckline, typical of the 1940’s and early 1950’s. The full skirt is gathered into a pointed waistline, and easy directions are given for a perfectly fitted seam every time. Depending on the fabric choices, you can achieve the look of a “vest” over the dress, or a charming summer dress. The flower appliqué pattern is included for the vest version. Two sleeve options are available; a short puff sleeve gathered into a band or a feminine flutter sleeve. Both versions can be made with or without the sash, which ties in the back with a bow. Special techniques are introduced that create a professional finish on the inside.

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

Recommended Fabrics:  good quality cotton fabric

Supplies Needed:
View A:
-1/3 yard cotton fabric (main dress)
-1/4 yard contrast fabric (bodice and sleeves)

View B:
-1/2 yard cotton fabric
-9” of 3/8” wide Ultra Thin hook and loop tape

Both Views:
-Five 3/8” buttons
-Scrap of lightweight fusible woven interfacing 1-1/2”x 22”
-Water soluble marking pen

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 33 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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Wendy C.
United States

Fab Forties

I have a number of intermediate skill patterns from Pixie Faire, that I adore to make. This pattern is more of an Expert level than Intermediate. If you are up for the challenge, Fab Forties is lovely when finished.

Robin S.
United States

Fab Forties dress

This pattern makes up really cute and the instructions were easy to follow.

Paulette V.

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Fab Forties -

I love this pattern. When I started, wasn't sure how I was going to like doing the gathers. One of the reviews below mentioned the problem of over-marking the fabric. I love my water soluble marking pen. I found that it was really, really helpful to have the gathering and stitching lines marked so precisely. And some extra placement tips were given. I made my entire dress out of a mini-check fabric and rotated the side vest pieces so they were on the bias. The buttonhole template and tips were great. It turned out really well.

Patricia F.

Very cute. Turned out great.

Very cute. Turned out great. Next time I won't mark so heavily. Used dark blue cotton w/ white polka dots and cant get out chalk marks. It's still darling.....looks very 40's.