School Dance Dress Sewing Pattern for 18 inch Dolls

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Sew your own doll clothes with this easy sewing pattern. Your 18 inch doll will be ready for the School Dance in her easy to make and fun to wear dress. Use colorful prints and solids and mix and match the front and sleeves to create a unique look every time you sew. Change the fabrics to match the seasons and your doll is ready for the holidays, back to school or Valentine’s Day or Easter. 

The School Dance Dress is an easy to sew pattern to make a long sleeved dress in three variations. Add elastic to the sleeves or leave it out for a fuller look. Choose the simplest version with a solid front (perfect for machine embroidery, heat transfer vinyl, or applique), or add a contrasting panel with simple, straight edges or a pretty, princess seam. BONUS: Instructions included for an attached bow, belt or ribbon to tie in front or back to embellish your dress and create your own style.

Skill level: Easy (sewing straight lines and easy curves)

This classic but simple dress is very easily made from a quarter yard of fabric (quilter’s fat quarters work great!) in a woven cotton or other lightweight fabric. Mix and match your fabrics and add trims for unlimited design options. Embellish your dress with embroidery, applique, heat transfer vinyl, buttons, bows, crystals, ribbon, trim, ric rac, lace, chain, beads, or any other fun trim you like! With a velcro closure in back, it’s easy on and off for little hands. This pattern is also a perfect pattern for girls that want to learn to sew for their dolls to use to create a full wardrobe for their dolls, or for more experienced seamstresses to make a basic doll wardrobe with lots of options. 

Your instant download file will include full color photos, full sized pattern pieces and directions. Just print and sew! Visit my blog at www.ohsewkat.com to see ideas and inspiration as well as sneak peaks of upcoming patterns. 

This pattern was specifically designed and tested on 18 inch dolls such as American Girl ®. My dolls have a waist measurement average of 10 1/2 inches. Please measure and test the fit on your own doll as there are many on the market and it may not fit the same on all of them. Oh Sew Kat! is not affiliated with American Girl ® No endorsement is implied.

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Do you sew? Do you want to? Does your daughter ask you to make new clothes for her dolls? Or would she like to learn herself?

This is where I was with my daughter. She wanted me to make so many things I couldn’t keep the list up! I decided it was time for her to do it herself. (9-11 years old). I created some simple patterns, based on simple designs that would teach her, step by step, how to make them herself. (But do not underestimate the power of a simple design! A new fabric, a shirt underneath, a few buttons on front, a ruffle added…you can create a whole wardrobe and lots of unique looks with just a few basic pattern pieces.)  With a few scraps of fabric, and a pattern printed on your home computer, you and your “girl” will be making her dolls into fashionistas!

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