Nautical Top & Removable Collar 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Ahoy Mateys! Here's a Nautical Top and Dress to shiver your timbers: they're both quick sewing projects with three main pattern pieces--and there's no facing, no lining or set-in sleeves, which means no fuss! The Classic Sailor Collar and Dickey are equally fast and simple to construct because they're detachable rather than permanently stitched into the neckline. When your dolls are feeling their sea legs the Collar and Dickey can be snapped together and fitted over the Top or Dress; if they feel like styling a simple shift or blouse with a sophisticated cut the Dress or Top can be worn independently. The Dress also has an option for a tacked-in Dickey for a streamlined nautical vibe. Seamstresses will have fun playing around with the multiple options and combinations that can be made with this pattern--and because it's an easy-level, user-friendly pattern it's perfect for on-line sellers and craft fairs. Use this versatile pattern to create a variety of looks easily and quickly. You'll be collecting "Pieces of Eight" wherever you sell!

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

Recommended Fabrics:  For the Top: light to medium-weight fabric made with natural fibers. For the Dress: medium-weight fabric made in a natural fiber such as Kona cotton. For the Collar/Dickey: medium-weight fabric in a natural fiber such as Kona cotton. For the Collar Bow: lightweight silky fabric or a lightweight natural fabric

Supplies Needed:

Fabric Requirements:
Option 1 Top: ¼ yd. 45" wide fabric OR large scrap
Option 2 Removable Collar (w/Dickey): ¼ yd. 45" wide fabric OR large scrap
Option 3 Bonus Dress (w/Dickey): 1/3 yd. 45" wide fabric
Collar Bow: 1/6 yd. 45" wide fabric OR large scrap

All Options:
1. Matching thread and optional contrast thread
2. One pair of small, very sharp scissors to trim seam allowances
3. Optional: Fray Check®
4. A Frixion® pen or other tool to mark the collar and bodice
5. Optional: a hemostat or long pair of tweezers for turning the Collar and Dickey

For the Top or Dress:
1. Three medium-sized snaps OR a 5-1/2" x 3/8" piece of hook-and-loop tape
2. One 3/8" x 2" strip of very lightweight fusible interfacing for the top of Insert B
3. Optional: Eight ¼" buttons

For the Collar:
1. Dickey G: four small snaps
2. Dickey G: chalk (I used a stick of regular blackboard chalk)
3. 2/3 yd. of 1/8" to 3/16" Middy Braid OR Soutache Braid OR Ribbon*
*Use the Ribbon for Collar E only. Use more flexible trim such as Soutache or Middy Braid with Collar D.

Skill Level:  Confident Beginner 

What You Get: One 34 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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Pixie Faire and the designers featured are not affiliated with American Girl®. 


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Kathleen C.
United States

My sailor Girl

I loved sewing this pattern. The directions were easy to follow. The fit is exact according to the measurements specified in the pattern.

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Pan M.
United States

Very Cute Top

This was just the top I needed to complement the skirt pattern I received for a freebie Friday gift. Thank you


A true gem!

I found this pattern to be very well written and illustrated, every step is well explained with great tips. With the collar being removable there are so many possibilities to get creative for the look you want, plus you can do a dress or blouse. The designer has really inspired me with this pattern, I have so many ideas and will use it many times.

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Karen L
Lancaster, PA

Love the nautical look

I was very impressed with how easy the collar went together and the fit was perfect. It not only works with the top that is included, but it’s removable so it can pair with other items in your doll’s wardrobe. It fastens with snaps in the front, so you get a full back collar - not split down the middle like most sailor collars, and I really like how that looks.


Nautical Top with Removable Collar

I forgot to add the photo of the removable collar to my earlier post!

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