Flirty 40s Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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She takes her time deciding what to wear today. There will be the trip to the library, a stop at the soda fountain at the local five and dime, and the Matinee at the Palace Theater. She wanted something comfortable, yet fashionable. Then she thinks about the beautiful new dress. Yes, that’s the one! Now, what about shoes…..

Your doll will love the fashion and comfort of this dress! It has a lined wrap style bodice with a notched split neckline and short sleeves. There are three decorative folds on each side of the bodice front. The skirt can be knee length or mid-calf – or make two so she can have both! Back closure is hook and loop. Sew it in one color or use a different color for the bodice, waistband, and skirt.

This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18 inch dolls like American Girl ®. The doll modeling this dress has an 11 1/4” bust, 11 1/4” waist, and 11 3/4” hips. It may be adjusted to fit other doll sizes with minor changes to closure.

Recommended Fabrics:  This dress will look beautiful in a lightweight 100% cotton, calico, muslin, lawn, or silk. Not suitable for knits or thickly woven fabrics (such as denim).

Supplies Needed:
-Dress = 1/2 yard
-Lining = 1/3 yard
-Dress and Lining of same fabric = 1/2 yard
Yardage based on 42 inch wide fabric. This is a generous amount of fabric. Most pattern pieces can be cut from leftover fabric from other projects. If you have chosen a directional print such as a stripe or plaid allow extra fabric to match design.
-5 inches of 1/2 inch wide hook and loop tape for back closure (or you may choose to use 4 snaps)
-Thread to match your fabric choice
-Sewing needle for hand sewing
-Washable glue to hold hook and loop tape in place before stitching, if desired

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 37 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 still cannot believe my dress looks like the pattern cover. I was sure it would be very difficult, but the pattern took me step by step. It's a beautiful look and creates a classic looking doll dress.


Flirty 40's Dress

This dress is a perfect design for those who love to dress their dolls in period clothing. It is so authentic in its design and construction. Love it.


This pattern is unique in

This pattern is unique in design and that made it more challenging, which was fun for me. Great reproduction design.

A Pixie Faire Customer

Beautiful Dress

I love this dress, it sews up so nice and has a crisp look to it. It is becoming one of my favorite patterns. The instructions are easy to follow too.