This trendy dress is modest and fashionable. It features peek-a-boo shoulders with optional elastic cuffs, a fully lined bodice, short or ¾ sleeves, a shirt option, two dress lengths and closes with hook and loop tape. The pattern includes two assembly options; a simplified option and a more finished option.
This PDF sewing pattern by QTπ Pattern Co is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.
It is also available at Pixie Faire for 14.5" dolls such as WellieWishers™.
Recommended Fabrics: Lightweight woven fabrics, such as chambray, quilting cottons and shirting fabrics.
- ¼ - ⅓ yard fabric (see suggested fabrics)
-5” x ⅜” hook and loop
-18” x ⅛” elastic
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
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. 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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I have to admit I printed the pattern pieces out a couple weeks before I finally decided to tackle this one … I don’t think I’ve ever made a “cold shoulder” dress, and this one intimidated me a little. I don’t know why I was worried … it was one of those patterns where you just keep following the directions, and suddenly that cute little shoulder opening just appears! I thought it turned out perfect in a simple cotton print, and it fit my modern AG doll perfectly. Definitely a pattern I’ll want to make again!
I really like the finished look of this dress or top. During the process of making 3 or 4 outfits, I came up with changes to the way I sewed the outfit. First of all, I added 1/4" to the bodice back pattern.To make sure I could get a small safety pin through the top sleeve, I sewed the casing a little bigger than 1/4". When choosing the flutter sleeve option, I pressed the hem but did not sew the hem until after I sewed the side seams. There is enough room to hem the sleeve after sewing the side seam and gives a more finished look. I love a bodice that is lined, like this one is, but I don't trim the shoulder seams. I iron the shoulder seams of the bodice toward the back and the shoulder seams of the lining to the front or vice versa. In my opinion, the shoulder lays flatter and is stronger. After sewing the sleeves to the bodice, I sew the lining to the sleeve first instead of sewing around the neck first. For me, this was so much easier. When sewing the lining to the sleeve (step 25), I stopped and started a little farther away from the side seam that what the pattern indicated. This gives a little more room when sewing the lining side seams together. Then I sewed around the neck as well as down the center back. Iron a 1/4" hem on the lining bodice. Next is the skirt. After serging the center back edges and bottom edge, I pressed a 1/2" hem on the center back edges and bottom edge. For me, it's easier to sew a hem while it's straight. Gather the skirt and attach to the bodice. Now you can attach the lining to the waist and either top stitch or hand stitch. You now have a clean center back you can close with Velcro or snaps. With a dress or top that opens completely in the back, small hands can dress their doll with ease. That's just how I like to sew. Happy sewing!
Great pattern. Had to modify it a little to fit my sewing technique.