An adorable and versatile dress made to look like a blouse and knife-pleated skirt is the perfect outfit for your 18” miss as she starts the new school year. The ‘blouse’ has the option of short puffed sleeves for warm days, or for cooler days, add long t-shirt knit sleeves for a cute layered look and for fun, attach a small design accent strip on the sleeve cuff. The pretty round collar has tapered ends at centre front and is finished off with an optional bow. The dress closes in back with hook and loop tape. This relatively easy pattern is designed to fit 18” soft-bodied dolls such as American Girl®.
This pattern is also available for 14.5" dolls such as WellieWishers™.
Recommended Fabrics: Quilters' Cotton for the dress; Re-purposed T-Shirt Knit for Long Sleeves
Fabric Used – Quilter’s Cotton was used for the Blouse Bodice, Short Sleeves, Collar and Skirt. T-Shirt Knit was used only for the Sleeves of the long sleeved ‘blouse’. Lightweight Cotton was used for the Linings. Please note that using a heavier weight fabric will influence seam allowances and the overall fit of the dress.
Blouse : Quilter’s Cotton - 20” x 15”
Blouse Lining : Lightweight Cotton - 20” x 8”
Collar : Quilter’s Cotton - 10” x 10”
Long Sleeves : Re-purposed Knit T-Shirt with hems if possible - 14” x 7”
Skirt : Quilters’ Cotton - 4 ¼” x 45”
Hook & Loop Tape for Back Closure : 3/8” wide x 5 ¾”
Ribbon Bow for Collar – DIY or Purchased : 3/8” wide x 4”
Ribbon Braid or Skinny Label for Sleeve (Optional) : Approx. 3/8” wide x 3”
Matching Thread, Marking Pen, Point Turner, general sewing supplies.
A ‘Universal Sewing Needle – 80/12’, a ‘Stretch Needle – 75/11’, a ‘Universal 40/80 Twin Needle’, a Walking Foot, a General Purpose Foot and ¼” Foot are used throughout the sewing process.
Skill Level: Intermediate
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Did you say pleats? Definitely not my favourite thing but how could you not try this pattern? I'm so glad I did. If you take your time and follow the instructions then perfect pleats are achievable. The results are well worth it and I love all the little details from the layered look to the sleeve decoration. This is a must have pattern.