Fab Forties is a vintage-inspired dress for your favorite 18” doll. The dress buttons down the front, showing off the gently curved sweetheart neckline, typical of the 1940’s and early 1950’s. The full skirt is gathered into a pointed waistline, and easy directions are given for a perfectly fitted seam every time. Depending on the fabric choices, you can achieve the look of a “vest” over the dress, or a charming summer dress. The flower appliqué pattern is included for the vest version. Two sleeve options are available; a short puff sleeve gathered into a band or a feminine flutter sleeve. Both versions can be made with or without the sash, which ties in the back with a bow. Special techniques are introduced that create a professional finish on the inside.
This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18″ dolls such as American Girl®. I am not affiliated with American Girl® or Mattel®.
Recommended Fabrics: good quality cotton fabric
-1/3 yard cotton fabric (main dress)
-1/4 yard contrast fabric (bodice and sleeves)
-1/2 yard cotton fabric
-9” of 3/8” wide Ultra Thin Velcro®
-Five 3/8” buttons
-Scrap of lightweight fusible woven interfacing 1-1/2”x 22”
-Water soluble marking pen
Skill Level: Intermediate
Please Note: This listing is for a PDF version of the pattern available for instant download. You may make garments to sell from the pattern, but please recognize Crabapples as the designer. If you do not sew, but would like to custom order a dress to be made in your fabric or mine, contact me for a price quote and a custom listing. PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18″ dolls such as American Girl®. I am not affiliated with American Girl® or Mattel®.