Does your American Girl doll need a new cute party dress? You can make two gorgeous dresses for her with this wonderful PDF pattern by Jelly Bean Soup Designs! Now the only decision to be made will be which dress to wear to the party!
This pattern is designed to be used with prefinished trims, ruffles, and embellishments. The cover example uses a pretty vintage scalloped ruffle and your finished dresses will differ based on the trims you choose.
Skill Level: This is an intermediate level sewing pattern.
What You Get: One 12 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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It was not difficult to make. I actually made two dresses, and I will sew a few more I think.
I did enjoy the final look of this dress, but the pattern is quite lacking. I have made many doll clothes patterns from various companies and this one wasn't my favorite. I should have known that a 12 page pattern was probably not going to have lots of details. First of all, it was written in a confusing manner. The pleated skirt style is barely explained and confusing, making it not much of a "second dress". Directions for the ruffle and pleated skirt are only really listed in a small box on the template page. In addition, the photos on the pattern are not numbered or written with arrows, so without written instructions alongside, they aren't much help. Finally, the directions assume you already understand MANY steps on your own. In other patterns, each step is numbered and spelled out in great detail. Here there are one or two sentences only, with a great deal of guesswork needed. There are at least 3 steps that I didn't do properly, despite reading the pattern multiple times. No big deal in the end because the dress looks great, however I woudn't recommend this to most folks. This pattern is best for a VERY experienced sewer with lots of patience.