Setting Sail 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Set sail back to the 1950s in this vintage style sailor crop top and capri pants designed by Keepers Dolly Duds. The fully lined sleeveless crop top is fitted at the bust and closes in front with three small snaps accentuated with decorative buttons. The sailor collar can be finished with a narrow trim or decorative stitching and a simple ribbon bow adds a pop of color and charm. The elastic back on the waistline of the capris make them easy to pull on while the fitted front give them a sleek appearance that mirrors the fit of the crop top. A decorative waist band and lacing along the legs add a layer of interest to the otherwise modest design. As an added bonus, the ensemble is topped off with a traditional sailor cap that can be worn with the brim up or down.

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

Suggested Fabrics: Top, Top Lining, Collar and Capris in light weight cotton, cotton blends, cotton shirting, muslin, seer-sucker, or silk. Not suitable for knits.

Hat in medium weight cotton, linen, muslin, or twill. Excellent for stripes and plaids. Not suitable for knits.

Supplies Needed:


  • Top and Capris ~ 1/3 yard 45” wide fabric
  • Top Lining and Collar ~ 1/4 yard 45” wide fabric
  • Hat ~ 1/3 yard 45” wide fabric


  • Thread


  • Three 1/4” decorative buttons
  • Three small snaps OR 1 1/2” of 1/2” wide hook and loop tape
  • 8” square of lightweight fusible interfacing
  • 24” of 1/4” wide ribbon for tie


  • Two 1/4” decorative buttons for belt
  • Twelve 1/8” metal eyelets (optional, hand or machine sewn eyelets can be used if preferred)
  • 24” of 1/8” wide ribbon for ties
  • 5” of 1/2” wide elastic


  • 16” x 4” of lightweight fusible interfacing


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Iron and pressing tools
  • Point turner or a blunt needle for squaring corners


    Skill Level: Intermediate

    What You Get: One 20 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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    Lisa A.
    United States United States
    Love This Outfit!

    Made this for the first time today, and it’s absolutely adorable! It has lots of interesting details, and yet they’re all explained so well that the pattern was more fun than challenging. I was really pleased with how well the pants, especially, fit ... the darts and flat waistband in the front, with elastic in the back, combined for a perfect fit. Definitely one I’ll make again!

    Pixie Faire Setting Sail 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
    Henri S.
    United States United States
    Smooth Sailing

    The trim was somewhat challenging but overall, excellent pattern.

    Pixie Faire Setting Sail 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
    Setting S.
    Canada Canada
    Setting Sail

    This was fun. The pattern is easy but has just the right amount of details with decorative trim on the nautical collar and the lacing along the legs of the capris. The little sailor's hat is just perfect

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