Sunday Best Instant Download Pattern for 18″ Dolls

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Pattern Overview: Sunday Best is a vintage-inspired dress designed to fit your 18” American Girl® doll. The dress features a 1950’s style bodice trim that looks charming on dolls from any era. View A and View C have a scalloped edge and View B is made from gathered lace. Views A and B have bias tape trim, and directions are given for making your own bias trim or using packaged bias tape. The bodice is embellished with buttons, a bow or purchased appliqué. The full skirt is gathered at the waist, and can be trimmed with a contrasting bias or the scallop trim. Dressmaker “secrets” are included for easy methods to make the scallop trim and buttonholes. The dress fastens down the back with either buttons or hook and loop closure tape and ties in back with a sash. Depending on your fabric choices the dress can be dainty and feminine or bold and fun – either look is perfect for your doll when she wants to dress in her “Sunday Best.” Glove pattern is available separately in the pattern “Dress It Up”.

This pattern is available here for Kidz N Cats Dolls.
This pattern is also available here for A Girl for All Time.

Recommended Fabrics: Lightweight to medium weight cotton

Supplies Needed:
View A and C
-1/2 yard cotton fabric (main dress)
-1/4 yard contrast fabric (scallop trim)
-1 package single fold bias tape (View A)
-1-1/2 yards decorative trim (View C)
-Three 3/8″ decorative buttons (View A)

View B
-1/2 yard cotton fabric (main dress)
-1/8 yard contrast fabric (trim)
-purchased appliqué (optional)
-1/2 yard flat lace trim, 1-3/4” wide

All Views
-9” of 3/8” wide Ultra Thin Velcro® OR
-Six 3/8” buttons
-1 Snap
-Interfacing (optional) small scrap

Pattern Guidebook Details: This is a beautifully illustrated doll clothes pattern that you digitally download as a pdf file so you can start sewing your new doll dress immediately. The Adobe pdf viewer is required. You simply print out the pdf and you’re ready to start. The PDF sewing pattern provides the full size pattern pieces and step-by-step instructions. *Before printing, ensure the ‘page scaling’ is set to ‘none’ in the print dialogue box. If it is set to ‘shrink to fit’ the pattern will not be properly sized.

Please Note: You may make dresses 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®.

Make it a complete ensemble and knit the Frilled Cardigan from Crabapples.

Specification: Sunday Best Instant Download Pattern for 18″ Dolls

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