View A – Perfect for picture day at school, this dress has a sweet pin-tuck yoke with a peter pan collar. The puff sleeves are gathered onto a sleeve band and the full skirt has two tiers.
View B – This dress can be made in many variations, for wearing any day of the week. It has a “bib” edged with trim, accented with a peter pan collar. The puff sleeves are gathered with elastic and the skirt is edged with a contrasting band.
The PDF pattern includes instructions for two construction options – one to make your dresses “Fast and Easy” and the other to make it “Heirloom” quality. Both go together easily, and will look exactly the same on the outside. The difference is on the INSIDE. If you want to create a dress for play dolls, use the “Fast and Easy” instructions. If you want to create a dress that collectors will treasure, use the “Heirloom” instructions.
The Heirloom Construction features a lined bodice finished with lace. The bodice lining is hand-stitched to the sleeve seam, and the back is finished with buttonholes or snaps.
The Fast and Easy Construction dress goes together much more quickly. The bodice is lined, but the finished seams are exposed. The back closes with Hook and Loop Closure.
Dress View A:
3/8 yard main fabric (for upper skirt, bodice, sleeves)
1/3 yard contrast fabric (collar, cuffs, skirt band)
6”x12” lightweight white fabric scrap (yoke)
Dress View B:
1/4 yard woven fabric (skirt and bib)
1/2 yard contrasting fabric
(bodice, collar, skirt band, sleeves)
2 yards 1/2” lace or rick rack (Both Views)
Two or three 1/4” or 3/8” decorative buttons (Both Views)
6”x9” scrap fusible interfacing (I recommend a woven)
1/2 yard round elastic (View B)
Five 3/8” buttons for back closure OR
9” Ultra-Thin Hook and Loop Closure
Please Note: 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. Pattern is designed to fit the AMERICAN GIRL® dolls as well as other 18″ dolls of similar size. I am not affiliated with AMERICAN GIRL® or Mattel®.