Vintage Playsuit Skirt 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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During the late 1930s through the 1950s a casual-wear staple in the female closet was a Playsuit. A typical Playsuit consisted of a one or two-piece outfit with short pants or bloomers worn at the beach or other casual warm-weather occasions, accompanied by a front-opening skirt that could be added or removed for a more covered look. A Playsuit set could be designed as beach wear with a bathing suit underlayer, as well as a casual outfit that could be worn during sports activities or outdoor events.

The Forever 18 Inches Playsuit Skirt is an authentic reproduction of a vintage pattern. It's designed to fit over the Forever 18 Inches Cat's Meow Vintage Rompers, as well as the long bloomers in the Forever 18 Inches Aloha Vintage Swimsuit. Features include a gathered skirt sewn into a fitted waistband, a front opening, and optional pockets. The skirt can close with button-covered snaps, hook and loop tape, or even authentic buttons and buttonholes. It can also be paired with any vintage blouse or top pattern, such as the Time Traveler Vintage Blouse, for a classic swing-era retro look, or worn as a classic skirt with a modern-day top for a timeless fusion of then and now. Your doll can time travel with ease and look great combining her favorite looks!

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

Recommended Fabrics: Natural fabrics such as quilter's cotton, seersucker, lightweight denim, or lightweight chambray. All fabrics should have a tight weave.

Supplies Needed:

Fabric Requirements: Natural fabrics such as quilter's cotton, seersucker, lightweight denim, or lightweight chambray. All fabrics should have a tight weave.

Fabric Needed: ¼ yd. 45" wide fabric

1. Matching thread
2. One pair of small, very sharp scissors to trim seam allowances
3. ¼" Graph Paper to make the pattern for the Skirt
4. Six ¼” buttons (for use with snaps only)
5. Five or Six medium-sized snaps OR buttons (to be used with buttonholes)
6. Fray Check
7. Optional: Contrast thread for topstitching
8. Optional: Two 3/8" x 6" wide strips of lightweight iron-on interfacing
9. Cellophane tape to tape the graph paper together

Skill Level:  Easy 

What You Get: One 19 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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Ann T.

Vintage playskirt and vintage swimsuit

I have made two sets of these and I love them, very easy to make and look lovely on my dolls.

Dorothy N.
United States

Vintage Playsuit Skirt

Super Easy to make. I used a Hawaiian print for a Nanea inspired look.

Kristen S.
United States

Vintage Playsuit

Super-cute design. Very clear sewing instructions. Good fit on my doll. Downloaded the pattern and finished with the playsuit within a week. Plan to make another one...


Forever18Inches-Vintage Playskirt

Another winner. This pattern is one to add for your collection of "Go To" patterns when you need a basic skirt. I made mine with buttons down the front and left it slightly open to show fancy bloomers. I also made the Vintage Blouse in this series to make this a perfect party dress. Here's my photo of how cute the set is.

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