Forties Fashion Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Keepers Dolly Duds is pleased to offer a sewing pattern for two very popular 1940's dress designs. With classic forties styling, these frocks have fully gathered knee-length skirts that dip at the front waistline.

View A features a front panel cut on the bias that enhances the look of simple plaids and checks. A slashed neckline is set off with a line of trim and matching bow that is echoed in the short puffed sleeves.

The bodice front panel on View B is overlaid with a Plastron, an ornamental front for a woman's bodice or shirt that became fashionable in the late 19th century. Short puffed sleeves gathered into a bands give it a feminine charm.

Both views open fully down the back and close with six small buttons (snaps or hook and loop tape can be used if preferred). Side ties cinch into a neat bow in the back to provide some adjustment for dolls with varying waistlines.


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

Suggested Fabrics: View A and B Dress in a lightweight fabric such as cotton, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits. 

Supplies Needed:
  • Fabric: 
    • View A and B Dress in a lightweight fabric such as cotton, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits. 
  • Notions - All Styles:
    • Thread
  • Notions - View A
    • six 3/8-inch (9 mm) buttons for closures (snaps or hook and loop tape can be used, if preferred)
    • 18-inches of 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide ribbon or handmade bias tubing for bows
  • Notions - View B
    • six 3/8-inch (9 mm) buttons for closures (snaps or hook and loop tape can be used, if preferred)
    • eight 1/4-inch (6 mm) decorative buttons
    • 1/3 yard (0.3 m) 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide trim such as bias tape, rickrack, or lace
Skill Level: Intermediate
 

What You Get: One 29 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides step-by-step digitally drawn 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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