Ahoy Mateys! Here's a Nautical Top and Dress, by Forever 18 Inches, 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
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
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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The pattern is very cute. I made the first one according to the directions, but wasn't pleased with the results. The top was too "unstructured" and didn't lay well. (The fabric was cotton and should have laid just fine) The second one I made a lining for the top and it worked terrific. It lays very smooth and well on the doll.
The dress pattern came with the nautical top pattern. I made the dress and it was very easy and fit well. However, I did not add the dickey. The dress came up enough in front that it was not needed.