Does you doll love vintage fashion? Does she want to feel stylish while visiting friends from different eras? The Time Traveler's Vintage Blouse, by Forever 18 Inches, is the perfect solution for her fashion needs! Inspired by an authentic sewing pattern from the 1940s, the blouse features a softly gathered neckline with a matching binding, a rounded hem, and a back closure that can be fastened with snaps, hook and loop tape, or authentic buttons and buttonholes. Two sleeve options are available: Option 1 features a 1940s-style sleeve with a longer length, high-cut sleeve cap, and an inverted sleeve pleat. The shorter-length Option 2 sleeve has a fully gathered sleeve cap and bottom edge with bindings, and is appropriate for periods from the late 1930s through the early 1950s. A simplified version of the blouse with a lower neckline and without the neck pleats can also be made by substituting Template C for Pattern Front A. You can even use the simplified version as a modern-day blouse. No matter which version you make, your doll will be ready for school, play, and fun times for then and now!
The Time Traveler Blouse is also available in a bundled package with the Playsuit Skirt pattern.
This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.
Recommended Fabrics: Lightweight natural fabrics or lightweight quilter's cotton with a bit of drape and tight weave are ideal. Examples include lawn, batiste, lightweight silk, and lightweight chambray.
Option 1: 1/3 yd. 45" wide fabric
Option 2: 1/3 yd. 45" wide fabric
Option 3: 1/3 yd. 45" wide fabric
1. Matching thread and sewing needle
2. One pair of small, very sharp scissors to trim seam allowances
3. Optional: Fray Check
4. Optional: A Frixion pen or other tool for marking Dots (When touched with heat, the pen markings from a Frixion pen disappear!)
5. Cellophane Tape or Painter's Tape to protect the neck gathers
6. Three medium-sized snaps OR 5-1/2" of hook-and-loop tape
7. Optonal: 6" of 1/8" ribbon to create a tiny neckline bow
Skill Level: Easy & Intermediate
What You Get: One 31 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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This is a darling little blouse. The directions were easy to follow and the end result is sweet. I made a few changes to the neck band (I didn't want raw edges). I widened the band and turned a 1/4" seam and pressed it, then trimmed it to 1/8" and hand sewed the edge to the neck of the blouse. Love the results.
This is a great pattern! I made version two and squared off the bottom because it is a "tuck in" blouse. I found the instructions easy to follow and found that it fit my older style of American Girl. (I measured first to be sure it would fit. I was able to use a fat quarter I had to make it. i will for sure make more blouses for the dolls I sew for. (I sew for my Molly doll and the ones my four granddaughters have. (Grandma, Kendra needs…. I drew a picture, can you make her a dress?)
Great pattern. Easy to sew and good instructions. Plan on making several in different fabrics for my doll. I love Forever 18” patterns.
Easy to follow instructions. I had fun making a blouse for my granddaughter's doll.