Traditional but contemporary! This pretty dress, by Forever 18 Inches, features a lined faux-wrap bodice, optional ruffles around the neckline or shoulders, a full gathered skirt cut on a gentle bias, and a self-tie. It closes in the back with snaps or Hook and Loop Tape. Two options are given for the neckline trim: contrasting purchased trim, or a self-ruffle that is finished with easy bias edging using a Hong Kong Finish.
A brief Tutorial describing how to sew an attached lining with finished seams is also included. If this is a new technique to you, I encourage you to read it first before you begin sewing. I hope it makes a sometimes mysterious process easy to understand and apply. Finally, for those who may be new to sewing, the directions have been written comprehensively with many explanatory details. If you’re an experienced seamstress, you will probably be able to sew this dress just by reading the text-only instructions at the end of the pattern. Happy sewing!
This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 14.5 inch dolls such as WellieWishers™. You can also find this pattern on Pixie Faire for 18" dolls such as American Girl®.
Recommended Fabrics: Tightly woven fabric such as quilter's cotton or other similar medium-light to medium-weight natural fabrics are ideal for the main fabric. Lightweight fabrics such as bastiste or lawn work well for the Bodice Lining.
-For Option 1: 1/2 yard of fabric; for Options 2 and 3: 1/3 yd. of fabric. Light to medium-weight cottons, lightweight chambray, lightweight denim, and lightweight sateens or silks are all appropriate.
-1/6 yard of lightweight fabric for the bodice lining, such as batiste
-Three medium-sized snaps OR Two strips of Hook and Loop Tape, approximately 2-1/4” long.
- For Option 1 Add: - glue stick to finish bias trim edges
- a pair of small, very sharp scissors (essential for the Hong Kong Finish)
- Optional: ¼" graph paper for drawing the Tie Belt pattern piece OR rotary scissors and a cutting mat
- For Option 2: Add: -1/2 yd. of 1/2” to 3/4" wide gathered trim, cut into
two pieces (this length allows for extra length)
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 47 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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