Finally—a skirt-style overall pattern for 18” dolls that really fits*! This versatile PDF pattern, by Forever 18 Inches, is the feminine counterpart to the NOT! Your Mama's Overalls pants pattern, and is also loaded with options for customization. You can choose between two distinct designs: a contemporary version with a straight A-line skirt, or a retro-style design that's appropriate for many historical periods. Both styles have classic lines and two separately drafted patterns for straps that offer the choice of using commercially-made purchased buckles or button-covered snaps.
All versions of the overalls feature a skirt, a waistband or yoke, a front bib, and an option for straps—but the rest of the choices are up to you! Make them as simple or as detailed as you wish: you can add topstitching, working pockets (cargo, jean, and a front bib pocket), and a back bib with straight or rounded strap ends using overall buckles or buttons (straight-skirted version only). Suggestions are also given for straps using ribbon and “D” rings for an even simpler solution.
Mini-tutorials and sewing tips are also embedded in the pattern and you’ll learn an easy method to sew and turn rounded strap ends. The research has been done for you—you just get to have fun sewing!
Not suitable for fabrics with a one-way print because of the overall straps.
*This pattern was sized on a recently purchased American Girl doll. Measurements for older American Girl dolls and similar-style dolls should be checked for possible fitting adjustments.
Suggested Fabrics: Main fabric: medium-weight fabrics with some "heft," such as denim, corduroy, or linen. Lining: lightweight cotton
Straight Skirt Overalls:
1. 1/3 yd. of a Main Fabric
2. 1/3 yd. of lightweight cotton for lining
2. Thread: contrasting and matching
5. Two OR four medium snaps (depending on Strap closure choices)
6. Three ¼” buttons, OR one ¼” button and two commercially purchased overall buckles OR “D” Rings
7. 6” x 12" rectangle of very lightweight fusible interfacing
8. Needle for hand sewing
9. Optional: cellophane tape for marking stitching lines
Retro Skirt Overalls:
1. 1/2 yd. of Fabric
2. Thread: contrasting and matching
3. Three medium snaps
4. Five ¼” buttons OR three 1/4" buttons with two purchased buckles (or "D" rings), depending on choice of strap closures
5. 4’x 5” rectangle of very lightweight fusible interfacing.
6. Needle for hand sewing
7. Optional: 1/4" graph paper for making the skirt pattern
8. Optional: cellophane tape for marking stitching lines
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 49 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 overalls fit my doll perfectly! My only complaint was that I felt the front bib, the overall straps and the diamond piece in the middle of the back that the straps are attached to should all be lined. The second time I sewed this pattern up, I did line those three and, though I am not an expert seamstress at all, I was able to make it work. Also, the patch pockets could be lined rather than just turning the edges over. I always just line my patch pockets
This is another great pattern from this designer. It was very easy to make and the instructions were clear as usual. I love all the patterns from this designer!!
Cute pattern. Detailed instructions, however, I sewed pockets on before seeing lining in place as I find it more aesthetically pleasing to have smooth lining.
Love the pattern(s) but haven't made it yet. It's in my queue, and I'll make two, each with different fabric--1) ticking with red striping and 2) gray sandstone twill. Cant seem to sew fast enough to make each pattern as I download it.
I have used many of these patterns with much success and happy grandkids. However, this pattern did not come out as expected. I followed the directions and when I was done, the outfit was way to small. I found another pattern that was just as cute and much simpler. I will give it another try later....want to try some other patterns from Pixie.