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 14.5-15" dolls such as WellieWishers™ and Ruby Red Fashion Friends™.
Looking for a different size? This pattern is available separately for 18" dolls!
Suggested Fabrics: View A & B Dress in light to medium weight cotton, cotton blends, gingham, shirt weight plaid, wool, silk, or linen. This design (View A) is especially suited for plaids and ginghams with the Center Front cut on the bias. Not suitable for knits.
Fabric: View A OR View B Dress ~ 1/2 yard 45” wide fabric
View A Dress:
View B Dress:
What You Get: One 26 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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Have made this pattern up for my 18" dolls & am sure it will do really well for the smaller dolls. I would like to see it for the 16" A Girl For All Time dolls, too.
I was a tester for this pattern. It is a great fit for my WW. This would be a good "basics" pattern if you're looking to develop a WW pattern assortment to give you a range of patterns to make your own custom designs. The bodice has a great fit, and the sleeves have a perfect puff. The skirt has a nice profile and the width and length have a great proportion for the doll. Not surprisingly, I made mine with a nautical flare, but this pattern could be anything from a casual to dressy dress. And, as I mentioned, the individual elements make it a great mix and match pattern. I don't need to mention (but I will) that Keepers' patterns have well written, concise instructions.