Lucy Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The Lucy Dress, by Genniewren Designs, is a traditional style dress with a modern touch. It features a fitted, lined bodice with puffed sleeves; a four gored flared full skirt with optional back waist ties and an optional collar. This pattern is ideal for party dresses, Christmas dresses and other special occasion wear.

The dress can be made in three styles – View A with a smocked insert (the example smocking plate is provided but you could use your own instead), View B with an unsmocked contrast insert, or View C with a plain front. If you choose to make the plain front style then there is space for machine or hand embroidery embellishments on the bodice if desired.

The four gored flared skirt means there is less bulk around the waistline than there would be with a gathered skirt, especially if you make the smocked option, or if you insert trims such as rick rack into the contrast insert. The skirt can be finished with a narrow hem or with a bias bound edge.

There are two styles of collar – a straight edged collar and a Peter Pan collar, or you can leave out the collar and use lace on the neckline instead. The choice is yours.

The dress closes in the back with a choice of hook and loop tape, three buttons or three snaps.

The smocking plate shown on the cover dress is included in the pattern, but you could use any smocking design you choose.

My hope is that you will take this pattern, choose the options you like best, and come up with an original creation that's unique in every way.

This PDF sewing pattern has been designed to fit 18" soft bodied dolls such as American Girl®

Recommended Fabrics:  Woven fabrics: Cotton poplin, broadcloth, lawn, quilting cottons, cotton blends, polycotton. Also suitable for woven velvet, velveteen, corduroy or lightweight woolen fabrics if lined with a suitable lining fabric. 

Supplies Needed:
-Half a yard of fabric for the dress. Suggested fabrics include cotton poplin, broadcloth, lawn, quilter’s cotton. It is also suitable for woven velvet or velveteen.
-If you are using a thick fabric such as velvet or velveteen then you will also need a piece of lining fabric for the bodice lining, approximately 12” by 10” (30 cm x 25 cm).
-Contrast fabric for the cuffs, insert, collar and bound hem. The amount needed depends on which design is chosen, but will be less than a quarter of a yard.
-For View A (smocked version), you will need a quarter of a yard of contrast cut from the bolt as a "fat quarter" is not wide enough to cut the insert strip to the correct length.
-Lace for the neckline (if not making the collar) – The example designs show ⅝” wide lace. The amount you need will depend on the width of your lace and whether your lace is gathered or not – 8½” of gathered lace were used for the patterned blue dress and 9” of Venise lace for the velvet dress.
-One yard of 1” wide Ribbon for a sash for the plain front dress.
-One (3yd) package of piping (for the smocked insert dress), or rick rack trim (for the contrast insert dress).
-A strip of light iron-on interfacing 8” x 1” for reinforcing the back bodice.
-Three buttons, or three snap fasteners, or 4” (10 cm) of Anti snag hook and loop tape for fastening the back of the dress. (If you use standard or the extra thin hook and loop tape you will need 4” (10 cm) of the hook side and 4” (10 cm) of the loop side.)


Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 46 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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