Light and breezy swing-style silhouettes have roots reaching back to the 18th century Sacque Gowns first popularized in the French Court. The shape became popular again during the 1950s, and could be found in coats and jackets because the style fit well over the full skirts that were so popular during that era. The 1960s popularized the look for dresses, and today "retro" styles have once again come full-circle. This pattern, by Forever 18 Inches, features a contemporary high-low halter bodice and a loose-fitting high-low skirt that can be made as a top, a simple casual dress, or a frilly ruffled frock worn for dressy occasions such as doll tea parties. Two sets of cutting lines have been provided in the PDF pattern to fit older, larger dolls, as well as newer slimmer models. Ribbons can used as a stand-in for the halter ties, which makes this pattern a quick sewing project for craft-show vendors, Etsy sellers, and hard-working mothers and grand-mothers. For an extra perk, Bonus instructions for a doll-sized paper fan using common household items are included. After all, dolls want to stay cool during the summer, too!
Recommended Fabrics: Light to medium-weight woven fabrics with a tight weave are recommended for this pattern. A light-weight quilter's cotton with a soft drape is ideal. Avoid stiff, coarse fabrics.
- Option 1: With fabric straps: ¾ yd. of 45" fabric. With ribbon straps: 2/3 yd. of fabric.
- Option 2: With fabric straps: ½ yd. of 45" fabric. With ribbon straps: 1/3 yd. of fabric.
- Option 3: With fabric straps: 1/3 yd. of 45" fabric. With ribbon straps: 1/3 yd. of fabric.
- All Options: 1/6 yd. (or equivalent scrap piece) of lightweight fabric such as batiste or lawn for the Lining.
1. Matching thread and contrast thread
2. 2 medium-sized snaps OR approximately 2" of Hook-and-Loop
3. One pair of small, very sharp scissor to trim seam allowances.
4. Fray Check®
5. A small sturdy safety pin (approximately 3/8” x 7/8” or smaller) OR a bobby pin
7. A Frixion® pen to mark dots on the bodice
Easy Tie Option:
- 1 yd. of ¼" ribbon. If you want to add a long ribbon bow on the Front Bodice, add an extra 1/3 yd. (or 1-1/3 yd. total = 48")
- Cut two pieces or ribbon 1-1/2" long for the loops (they will be folded in half)
- Cut two lengths of ribbon 16" long for the Ties
Skill Level: Easy and Intermediate
What You Get: One 41 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.Download, Print, Sew!
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The pattern was easy and I made many tops and some dresses from this pattern. This is a winner for any level. I used ribbon instead of making ties and it made it so simple.
I enjoyed making the dress. I have two more cut out and I will start on them tonight. I think the directions are a little "wordy". It is a very pretty dress. I made the one with the plain hem. My granddaughter will love it.
Love this pattern. Also like that I can download and print when I have time and then can sew right away!!
Loved loved love this pattern! I fell in love with it and got it as soon as I saw it, but had to wait until I had just the perfect fabric. I finally found a piece of soft white eyelet that works perfectly. The dress drapes wonderfully and the ribbon straps give it a cute twist. I'll be making a few more, for sure!
Dress is adorable. Perfect for the summer months. Directions were easy to understand with lots of photos I had to modify the right back skirt piece to fit the back bodice since right side of skirt is not turned like the proper left side. Skirt back right side was too wide to fit back bodice when matched up at side seams. .