A sweet fitted sundress that's innocent-looking at the front but has a sun seeker's strappy back view, the Mackenzie Dress is just perfect for spring and summer.
The fitted bodice has a V-shaped dropped waist at the front, and a natural waistline at the back. The waistline is emphasized with optional piping to show off the shape.
The Mackenzie Dress has a choice of an A-line skirt (View A) or a gathered skirt (View B). The dress fastens at the back bodice with either Velcro® or snaps.
The fully lined bodice is quick and simple to make and the wide straps are easy to turn right sides out, which makes this an ideal pattern for confident beginners and learners alike, particularly when choosing View A with the simple A-line skirt.
This versatile pattern comes with a list of suggestions for taking the Mackenzie Dress pattern further; including a bonus step by step photo tutorial showing how to use the bodice pattern pieces to make a cute reversible top.
Once you have made one of these sweet sundresses you will want to make many more. The Mackenzie Dress pattern will fast become one of your doll’s favorite dresses.
Special Note - This pattern is designed to fit A Girl For All Time Dolls specifically and will not fit the standard 18 inch doll such as American Girl Doll. An AGAT doll is 16 inches tall and has a slimmer hard plastic body. You can see more info on our Doll Measurements page.
Recommended Fabrics: This pattern is designed for woven fabrics such as cotton lawn, poplin, quilter's cottons, broadcloth, or cotton blends e.g. cotton/linen or polyester/cotton blends. The testers also made this dress in viscose, foil knit fabric and organza fabrics with great results.
-One fat quarter (18" x 22") for View A. (Extra fabric may be required to match plaids or large print motifs).
-9” of 42”-44” wide fabric for View B. (Extra fabric may be required to match plaids or large print motifs).
-For both views you will need 9” x 14” of lining fabric, e.g. lightweight cotton or cotton blends. (Polycotton is ideal).
-Half a yard of heirloom mini piping, or you could use home made piping, rick rack trim or ribbon if preferred (optional). If you wish to pipe the entire bodice you will need 1.25 yards of piping.
-2” of narrow Ultra Thin Velcro™ (hook and loop sides) or 2” Anti Snag Velcro™, or two snaps for the back closure.
Skill Level: Easy to Intermediate
What You Get: One 27 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.Download, Print, Sew!
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I just finished making two little dresses from this pattern to fit the large BFC dolls. They turned out darling! And absolutely no alterations were required. The pattern goes together nicely -- just take your time on things like turning the lined bodice right side out and stitching the side seams, pressing frequently as you go. A beginner will probably need some help because the pattern pieces are small, but otherwise it's an easy and fun pattern!