Lollipop Garden Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Pattern Overview:  Retro is in fashion! The Lollipop Garden Dress is a vintage replica of a later mid-century three-piece dress and play ensemble. The basic shapes are classic and timeless--make them with the mid-century rickrack-and-button detailing for an authentic historical reproduction, or throw a modern twist to the pattern by eliminating the decorative detail and adding a tie to the skirt. As an added bonus, an easy pattern for a petticoat with a crunchy tulle hem is also included for an authentic blast to the past. No matter how you interpret the design, your doll will be in style!

This is a user-friendly pattern. The step-by-step directions have been photographed and written comprehensively with many explanatory details for newer seamstresses. An experienced seamstress will probably be able to sew this dress just by reading the written instructions located at the back of the pattern. Happy sewing!

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

For the Skirt, Top, and Bloomers: Medium-weight natural fabrics with a tight weave and some drape. For the Lining: Lightweight fabric with a tight weave.

Supplies Needed:

Fabric Requirements:

- Top, Skirt, & Bloomers: 2/3 yd. of 45" wide fabric

- Skirt with Tie Belt: ½ yd. of 45" wide fabric

- Optional Petticoat: 1/3 yd. of 45" wide fabric

- Top Lining: ¼ yd. of 45" wide fabric

Notions :

Top and Skirt

  1. Matching thread for fabric and rickrack
  2. Three medium-sized snaps OR two pieces of thin ¼” wide Velcro, about 3 ½” long
  3. Four ¼” buttons
  4. Three 3/8" - ½" buttons
  5. 1 package of baby rickrack
  6. One pair of small, very sharp scissors to trim seam allowances
  7. Fray Check®
  8. Two 6" long pieces of ¼" elastic
  9. One 12" long piece of 3/8" elastic (will be cut to your doll's specific waist size)


  1. 12” of 5/8” elastic (regular or Foldover Elastic [FOE]). ¾” wide elastic will also work.
  2. 3 yds. of 6” wide tulle (I recommend the type that comes on spools).
  3. Matching thread

Skill Level:  Easy and Intermediate


What You Get: One 52 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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Monique K.
United States

Too cute not to try

The pattern is so cute and the directions are easy to follow. My granddaughter's dolls are dressed alike, just in different colors, as the dresses can be quickly made.

Mary Jane
Blaine, MN

Lollipop Garden Dress

I love Forever 18 Inches patterns! Step by step they go together so easily. This pattern is adorable and a perfect fit for my AG doll model.


Lollipop Garden Dress

This is an absolutely adorable dress. I made this outfit and it doesn't take long to make. The directions, with pictures, makes it so easy to complete a perfect outfit. You won't be disappointed!

Rachel Koppleberger
Michigan, USA

Lollipop Garden Dress

This pattern is fun to make. The top has decorative buttons on the shoulders, the skirt is mock wrap, and the petticoat gives it flare! I can't wait to make more of these! P.S. following the primary instructions makes hemming the rounded edges a lot easier than trying to fold as you sew. If you don't want to baste, use pins. Lots of pins. That made it 100% easier for me (this coming from the girl who hates hemming round edges).



I had the privilege of testing this pattern. The instructions were very easy to understand and the pieces went together perfectly. The fit on the 18" doll is amazing. Cute for spring.