The Lillian Dress 18" Dolls

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The Lillian Dress is the third in a series of seven in the Tribute Collection. It’s a waistline halter dress with three different skirt lengths: short, knee and tea; that is enhanced with an impressive arc and diamond-shaped bias appliqué. The dress bodice stands out with a scooped front neckline and a snap closure front with mock buttons, for easy dressing and undressing. The back of the dress is open with vertical straps as an added design feature. The dress is designed to fit snugly on your doll. 

Complete the outfit with The 003 Sandals, also available on Pixie Faire. 

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

Recommended Fabrics:  Light to medium weight quilting cotton, Swiss batiste, and cotton lawn 

Supplies Needed:
Lillian Dress Supply Listing:
-Coordinating Thread: 40wt. for machine sewing
-Coordinating Thread: 60wt. to 100wt. for the best-finished results in hand finishing
-Heat Resistant Plastic Snaps and/or
-4: 1/4” Buttons short length
-5: 1/4” Buttons knee length
-6: 1/4” Buttons tea length
-3/8 Yard Fashion Fabric: short and knee length dresses
-1/2 Yard Fashion Fabric: tea length dress
-2” x 45” Coordinating Fashion Fabric: bias shaping
-Ball Point Bodkin or Tube Turner
-6mm Bias Tape Maker
-Fabric Glue Stick

Designer Note: The arc bias design on the skirt is narrow enough that it is acceptable to cut the strips on fabric grain. There may be slight puckering when gluing the strips to the skirt; however, they are easily ironed out. In the pattern instructions, these will be commonly referred to as a bias strip. If you wish to cut the strips on the bias, which is slightly easier to form the design shape, you will need 7/8 yard of coordinating fashion fabric. Due to the design, it is not recommended to splice the bias strips.

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 30 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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JoAnne B.

Lillian dress

It’s an easy pattern to follow and it turned and it turned out great. My sweet MIL was named LIllian so I had to try this pattern.

Kim H.

Terrific summer look with sandals to match

I must say that this dress and sandals is a perfect fit for the Tonner doll. I didn't actually make the dress, since I was blessed to win it with the doll, but I do love the dress and the way it looks on her. It is easy to put the dress and shoes on the doll. I would recommend it.

Gail M.
United States

The Lillian Dress

I am excited about making this dress. I purchased the shoe pattern that goes with the dress. The directions don't look too difficult and I should have the whole outfit completed soon. Thanks for keeping doll clothes making exciting.

Louise S.
United States

The Lillian Dress

It was very easy to follow instructions. I love it so much and since I found it not the least bit difficult I am going to make my "Rachel" several more in various colors and fabric.


Lillian Dress

I really enjoyed making this pattern. The dress fits the doll perfectly. The bodice front has a nice fitting scoop neckline and the back halter design strips are a nice detail. The pattern is easy to follow with well written instructions and pictures to with them. The added detail of the bias trim is like the icing on the cake.