Fun in the Sun 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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“Fun in the Sun” is a versatile summer dress for your 18” doll that can also transform into a jumper for Fall.  The clever design can be worn buttoned down the front, or can close in the back to create two different looks. It can also be made completely reversible for two looks in one. It has a shaped yoke for the bodice, and fastens across the shoulders with straps. The yoke is fully lined and can be made from matching or contrasting fabric. There are three variations for the full skirt. View A has a frilly ruffle and View B has a patch pocket as well as a more tailored band that can be embellished with rick rack. View C is a completely reversible construction and can be made in two contrasting fabrics. Instructions and a template are given for an easy technique for creating a closure with buttonholes or hook and loop tape Mix-it, match it, switch it around - no matter how your doll wears it she is sure to have “Fun in the Sun.”

Recommended Fabrics:  Light to medium weight cotton fabric. 

Supplies Needed: 
All Views:
Main Fabric - 1/4yard cotton fabric
Contrast 1/4 yard cotton fabric
NOTE: Use a fairly thin cotton fabric for View C. Since the skirt is a double layer, you don’t want it to be too bulky.

One package rick rack (size medium) View B and View C
1-1/4 yard trim (View C)
Two 5/8” decorative buttons (Straps)
1/2” X 16” scrap of light weight fusible interfacing (if using button closures)
Four 3/8” buttons (if using button closures)
7” of 3/8” wide Ultra-Thin hook and loop tape
1 large safety pin (for turning straps)


Skill Level:  Easy Intermediate

What You Get: One 30 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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Vendor: Crabapples

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Pam Rovelli
United States

Fun In The Sun

Delightful dress pattern. Sewed up in no time. Easy to follow directions and a perfect fit. Granddaughter loved the dress.

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Phyllis Geary
United States

Fun in the sun dress

Once again, the pattern is easy to follow with explicit illustrations for each step. The dress fits well and is very appealing on the doll. I will be making several of these

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Vera Z.

Fun in the Sun

This dress was very easy to make and the directions w/pictures help with every step. You will not be disappointed with the results. The dress is so cute on the doll.


Fun in the Sun

I love the different ways you can make and wear this dress. Good step by step photos and instructions. Fits the older girls as well.