To the Ball - Gown & Petticoat 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Create a special princess ball gown for you  American Girl® and other similarly sized 18" Dolls!  This long, extra full gown and full, layered petticoat will turn your doll into an exquisite princess! The skirt is created from multiple layers of lightweight fabrics. An optional petticoat will make the skirt even fuller and more dramatic. Photos, illustrations, and diagrams in this PDF pattern help make it possible to recreate this look.

The dramatic upper part of the gown is achieved with specially fitted bodice pieces and a graceful gathered pouf about the shoulders. The gown closes in back. Instructions are included for making “butterflies” out of silk flower petals.

Recommended Fabrics:  Gown - Silky Special Occasion Fabric such as Organza, Silk, and Sheer fabrics. Also Tulle, mesh, or fine netting; lightweight lining fabric 

Supplies Needed:
-1 -1/4 yard Silky Special Occasion Fabric such as Organza, Silk, and Sheer fabrics
-1 -1/3 yard tulle, mesh, or fine netting
-3/4 yard lightweight lining fabric
-1/2 yard organza, pearlized, or other sheer fabric
-Petticoat: 1 yard tulle or netting, plus 1/2 yard lightweight fabric
-Trims, Sequins, or Fabric Paint for embellishment (amount varies)
-1 yard of 1/2" wide Stay Tape
-Desired Closures (hook and loop tape , snaps, buttons, etc)
-Gathered Ruffle Trim/Lace (Optional) –1-1/4 yards of 1 or 1 ½ “ wide Trim/Lace
-Clear Elastic (Optional) – 12 inches for shoulder straps (Not used in example)
-Matching Thread,
-Remnant Interfacing


Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 58 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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Jill H.
United States

Gorgeous dress!

I am finishing up my first of three ball gowns with this pattern. Although at one time, I sewed a lot, it's been about twenty years and now I am sewing by hand. The point it that this pattern is doable and the result is just lovely. The dress and petticoat are the stuff of a grandmother's/granddaughter's fantasy. On a practical note, the pattern is fitting the doll well, the instructions are extremely detailed and the illustrations really help. I highly recommend this pattern!

Jill H. verified customer review of To the Ball - Gown & Petticoat 18 Doll Clothes Pattern
maine, usa

runs very small

I love this pattern but it runs very small. will probably make it again but will enlarge the bodice. Fitted is one thing but I had to use hooks & eyes to make it close. I made mine purple.

Shirley H.
United States

Ball gown & petticoat

I am not pleased with the directions, especially for the petticoat. I consider myself an accomplished seamstress, but this pattern is not the quality I have come to expect with the patterns I purchase from PixieFaire.


Less is More To The Ball

I'm finding the almost endless optional suggestions of ways to assemble the petticoat baffling. I prefer one set of instructions that explain how the photographed sample was constructed. Optional construction ideas, should be listed separately, not all jumbled together. Written instructions should use consistant terminology for clarity; there are instructions using the terms inside and outside and that switched to wrong side which didn't mean the same thing as inside. It's difficult to identify the pieces and labeling by piece number (10, 11) which does not correspond with the instructions that describes them as "ruffle 1, 2, 3" is just poor editing. I apreciated the list of fabrics in the sample, but why was there were no notations of which where used where. It would be nice to know which were used in the sample since it was THAT photograph that sold me the pattern. I mis-cut pieces because lay-out instructions do not specify anything other than lining, yet I'm working with multiple fabrics. The dress was not difficult sewing and I doubt the petticoat will be either if I can ever figure the it out, but it would have been sewn much faster were the instructions more concise. A last word regarding the photographs in the instructions; if you're going to use photos were right and wrong side are indistinguishable and where multiple layers are being joined please make use of photo editing tools that allow you to label the individual parts of the photo.

Margaret C.

Very pretty pattern, with great

Very pretty pattern, with great instructions and well designed pattern!