Finally—an overall pattern for 18” dolls that really fits*! This versatile PDF pattern, by Forever 18 Inches, is loaded with options for customization: shorts with cuffs, full-length pants, an easy elasticized waist, a contemporary drawstring waist with real grommets, 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 basic overall feature pants, a waistband, 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), a back bib with straight or rounded strap ends using overall buckles or buttons, and an easy elasticized waist or a fully functional drawstring waist. 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. You’ll see how you can substitute buttonholes for grommets, learn an easy method to sew and turn rounded strap ends, and find many links for locating supplies. 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: Medium-weight woven fabrics such as quilter’s cotton, lightweight denim, lightweight corduroy, or linen
For Drawstring Overalls:
- 2/3 yd. of 45” wide Fabric
- Thread: contrasting and matching
- Two 1/8” eyelet grommets and backings OR a sewing machine that can make buttonholes
- Thin cord to fit through the grommets (about 2/3 yd.)
- Two medium snaps
- Two ¼” buttons, OR two commercially purchased overall buckles OR “D” Rings
- 6” square of very lightweight fusible interfacing
- Needle for hand sewing
- Fray Check
- An eyelet setter (if using eyelets)
For Elastic-Back Overalls:
- The list is the same as the Drawstring Overalls except:
- Eliminate the eyelet grommets/backings
- Eliminate the cord
- Eliminate the Fray Check
- 9” piece of ¼” elastic
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 45 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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Lots of options with this pattern; I used the elastic-back option with front and back bibs, omitting back pockets. They fit the 18” soft- bodied doll perfectly. For the elastic back, the pattern calls for a 9” piece of elastic - I found 5” more than sufficient. The tip of using a hemostat to turn the straps is genius. I do use them in my work, so I have old ones around, but they are also available at my local “surplus” store. Worth picking some up. For the front pants pockets I made a single layer patch pocket for each and folded the edges under, rather than construct a whole pocket, turn it and attach. Considering the detail in the finished product I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly these came together,
What a lovely pattern. It went together smoothly - the instructions are very clear. The results are sensational with a minimum of effort.
Made these with a lightweight dark denim, white stitching. Hardest thing was getting the lace inside the waist casing. You can also use a ribbon which works well and is easier to work with.