Retro Romper 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Warm weather means bare legs and bare backs to catch the sun! This romper, by FROG Princess Fashions offers both, with a retro flair. The princess-seamed bodice is fully lined and has halter ties at the neck and waist to bare the back. The skirt sports inverted pleats in the front trimmed with a vintage-style gathered pocket and hangs at knee length, in keeping with its vintage design. The shorts are also pleated in the front to match the bodice seams and have a gathered waist in the back, hanging just above the knee. Either view can be constructed with coordinated prints for the pockets, side fronts, ties, and more. Your 18” doll will look adorable in this little romper or dress, and since it’s so quick and easy to make, you can create several in many different fabrics and colors. Top them all off with a straw hat and glasses, and your doll is ready to bask in the sun. Add the FROG Princess Fashions Cool Breeze Sandals, and she’ll look just like a Hollywood Starlet of the mid-20th century! 

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

Recommended Fabrics: lightweight wovens such as cotton or polyester and cotton blends 

Supplies Needed:

• ¼ yd or 1 fat quarter of light weight woven for main fabric
• ¼ yd. or 1 fat quarter of lightweight woven for coordinating fabric
• Optional: 1 additional scrap of coordinating lightweight woven fabric for top lining
• Optional: scrap of coordinating fabric for bodice accent ties
• 1 piece of 3/8” elastic measuring 7” in length
• Matching thread
• Optional: erasable marker, chalk, or water-soluble marking pencil
• Optional: Spray starch
• Chopstick or narrow pointed turning tool
• Steam iron

    Skill Level:  Intermediate 

    What You Get: One 37 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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    Cute design, great instructions

    Overall, this pattern is very well designed, instructions very detailed and clear. The only problem came up when sewing lining and straps to bodice and Straps, then trying to turn right side out. The width of the straps at shoulders is way too narrow which makes the turning process nearly impossible. Next time, I would either widen that area where the shoulder & neck straps join (It looks like that was done in the example photos...that part where strap meets shoulder is much wider than mine came out.) Or better yet, sew and turn the straps first and insert them between the layers when stitching Bodice to lining.

    Karen L.
    Lancaster, PA

    Retro Romper

    All the little details are what set this pattern apart. Instructions and photos are easy to follow. I like that you can make a skirt or romper using the same bodice. It’s like getting two patterns in one! Fun to mix and match coordinating prints to show off the pockets and ties.