The Versatility Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The Versatility Dress: classically simple, with so many possible looks! Make it in a fluid knit or a pretty woven fabric. Dress it up with fancy material and an elegant sash, or keep it casual with informal fabrics and a skinny tie belt. Four bodice options can be combined with three different skirt and belt options for a variety of personalized choices. A brief tutorial on how to sew an attached lining with finished seams is also included. Depending on your choice, the skill level to make this dress can range from easy to intermediate. The decision is up to you! This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18 inch dolls such as American Girl®.

Recommended Fabrics:  Lightweight knits with a moderate one-way stretch (no more than 30%) are recommended. Lightweight woven fabrics with some drape can also be used with Options 1 and 3.

Supplies Needed:
Fabric Requirements:
- Option 1: ½ yd. of 58” wide knit fabric OR 45” wide woven fabric
- Option 2: 1/2 yd. of 58” wide knit fabric
- Option 3: ¼ yd. each for Skirt, Lining, and Bodice for Knits; ½ yd. total for Woven Fabric (if all pieces are cut from the same fabric)
- Option 4: 1/3 yd. of 58” wide knit fabric

All Options:
-Matching thread
-Three medium-sized snaps OR two pieces of thin ¼” wide hook and loop tape , about 3 ½” long
-Optional: A Ball-Point sewing needle (often used with knits)
-¼” wide Stay Tape OR four strips of very lightweight interfacing, cut into lengths measuring ¼” x 13”. (If you can’t find ¼” Stay Tape, you can cut it ½” Stay Tape lengthwise to make it the needed width.) Lightweight ¼” Steam-a-Seam is another possible option.
-One pair of small, very sharp scissor to trim seam allowances.

Skill Level:  Easy to Intermediate

What You Get: One 67 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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Québec, Canada

Versatily dress

Easy and funny to make!

Camille G.
United States

Great pattern

One thing I love about the Pixie Faire patterns is the detailed photo with each instruction. I am a pretty experienced seamstress, but sometimes it really helps to have that clarification of how it's supposed to look! Keep up the great work.

Margaret D.
United States

Awesome easy dress.

I have only used this pattern to make a Santa's helper dress, but am anxious to make another dress. It was easy to assemble. I love it.


My go-to pattern

I love this dress pattern! It not only cute, but is quick and easy to put together, and lends itself to lots of variations. The princess seaming and open neckline are great details that make this much more than an ordinary doll dress. I have made it in several combinations of fabrics - lace overlay, stretch velvet, cotton, satin - and skirt styles. I even made a full-length satin ball gown with just by lengthening the skirt (the princess seaming makes it elegant, and I like shoulders better than strapless designs on child dolls). It's essential to check the measurements of the doll you want to dress: because it is fitted (which I love), and because some of the older dolls are a little fuller, you may have to adjust - but it's easy to add a bit to the back edge to make sure the top will close. This is my go-to pattern for dresses.

Peggy H
Hermantown, MN

Summer fun

I love Forever 18 inch patterns! I used a knit with colorful flowers in it and the circle skirt. I added a coordinating belt, made for fold over elastic and included a hand crocheted sun hat with a flower made from the knit. I was very pleased with how it turned out and hope to make the other variations of this pattern soon.

Peggy H verified customer review of The Versatility Dress 18 Doll Clothes Pattern