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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Free Party Dress Pattern for Your American Girl Doll!


I made up a pretty basic pattern to make this dress for a giveaway.  The real niceness to it is in the loving details, like all the top stitching on the seams, the zig-zag collar and parallel skirt seam, and the inch wide bottom hem.
 I like details like that because I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist, but if you are in a hurry it's not necessary and should be easy for you to create too.  As a heads up, I plan on making a dress just like it for Blythe, so be on the look out for a new free dress pattern for your little girl in the next few weeks. Here it is!

This is a 3 piece pattern with a total of 6 pieces to sew together!  Easy enough for a beginner and a fast fun project for an experienced seamstress.  I hope you enjoy it and the tutorial I made to help you through it.
Materials:
1/4 yard of material (9 inches or about 23cm)
Thread to match
Zig-Zag trim (at least 45 inches or 114cm) - optional

Here is your pattern with a 1 inch guide to make sure your print is the right size.  Right click and select Print.  Here is the pattern to print.  Print it at 100%, if you have a problem doing this here is a link to the PDF.
To layout the pattern, fold 8.75 inches of your material over.  Put your front piece on the fold and position the sleeves and the back to be 2 cuts from each piece as shown below.
You will be left with a strip about 36x9 inches that will be used for the skirt.  Straighten the edges.  My finished strip was 35x8.5 inches.
1. Sew the shoulder seams together. Fold the sleeves in half and iron it flat.
2. Along the curved edge of the sleeve, put a wide stitch in it (4.5mm+) and push and pull the fabric together.  It will curl in on itself.  Lay the gathered sleeve on the right side of the fabric and sew it onto the armhole curves.
3. Iron the sleeve over an topstitch around the armholes.  Over edge stitch (or serge or zigzag stitch) along the neck opening and back, iron it under.  Sew the neck opening down using your zig-zag trim on the inside.  Topstitch the collar seam.  Sew down the back edge.
4. Here's a view of it inside out.
5. Sew the under arm edges together.
1. For the skirt, over-edge stitch 3 inches down on each of the short sides. Iron them under and sew it down.  
2. Along the long edge that you haven't sewn on, iron under a 1 inch hem and sew it down.  Sew your zig-zag trim down along the seam.
3. On the opposite side, put a long stitch (4.5m+) along the edge.  Start right after the sewn down edge and sew to the other without touching those seams.
4. Push and pull the skirt until it is as wide as your top. (Approx 13.5 inches).
5. Sew the skirt to the top and remove the gathering stitch.  Topstitch down the skirt just above the skirt seam.
6. Sew the back together up to the part of the skirt that has been seamed down, 3 inches below the top.  Cut your velcro to 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches and sew it on.  On the back top edges, put the soft velcro on the right side of your fabric and the scratchy velcro on the wrong side of fabric.
Here is a view of the dress from the inside out.
You are done!  Enjoy and come to the blog hop to win!

31 comments:

  1. What a cute dress! The fabric is darling and the rick rack is the perfect finishing touch. I will save this pattern since I have an AG doll of my very own, meanwhile I can adapt it to fit Miss E's "Barbara", who must have matching dresses to the ones I make for Miss E! :-)

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  2. Very cute! My 13 year old daughter finally just boxed up all her AG dolls and stuff to put in the attic...sniff! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

    P.S. Love your new blog design!

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    1. The doll shown is actually my 22yo AGD Felicity! She saved it, you'll see it out again someday. :o) It's hard to see them become adults, but it's sweet too. Thanks for hosting, Alison!

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    2. And thanks for liking my new design. I thought about it a long time before I sat down and made it. I appreciate the feedback!

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  3. What a perfect little dress! Pinning! Found you on A Creative Princess :-)

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    1. Thanks for coming by and pinning, Hiedi! :o)

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  4. Love the little dress. This will look good in so many fabrics

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  5. I love this! I used to make doll clothes when I was younger, then for my nieces (I have 3 boys) and now I have a baby granddaughter that I will be able to make them for soon. I've followed your blog - love it, hope you will check my new one out and follow me back as my following is majorly pathetic at the moment!
    Michelle
    www.chelllebellestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. That will be fun and I followed you back. :o)

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  6. Oh my goodness this is ADORABLE! My mom commissioned me to be on the look out for American Girl Doll Dresses- she's going to droll over this :) Anyway, I'm your newest Twitter follower and thanks for sharing this FREE pattern:)
    little-miss-stitcher.blogspot.com

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    1. You are welcome! I hope she enjoys making it. Is it going to be for one of her grandchildren? I am finishing up the matching pattern/dress for my little girl today and plan on adding more sizes to it in the next 2 weeks. :o)

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    2. She is actually making doll clothes for my 10 year old sister, who is completely obsessed with dolls! And I am excited to see that matching little girl dress:)

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    3. Cute! I have to get the pattern uploaded still, you can check out a pic of Blythe in it on my FaceBook page. :o)

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  7. That is adorable!!! :) I love the fabric choice as well! Thanks for sharing on the Wake Up Wednesday Linky!!

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    1. Thanks for hosting! New pattern soon, you can check out the pics of it on my facebook page! :o)

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  8. This is so cute! Thank you!
    God Bless,
    Sue

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  9. Thanks for the pattern! My 8-year-old dd received a sewing machine for Christmas and has quite a few 18" dolls to outfit, so I think we'll be making a few of these as "learning to sew dresses" projects.

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    1. That sounds like a great plan. I hope she enjoys it!

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  10. This will be a great dress for my daughter to make. She got a sewing machine for Christmas, also.
    Allison, granddaughters are great. Make you some and keep them for later. My oldest and youngest are 20 Years apart. So my oldest granddaghter is only three years younger than my youngest.

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    1. I hope she enjoys making it! My little sister is 16 years younger than me and is 4 years older than my oldest, so our families have some similarities. :o)

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  11. Very cute, thanks for sharing! I'm missing how to print this though, what am I doing wrong?

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    1. I am not sure. I made the instructions above more detailed. Hopefully that will solve your problem Have a great day!

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    2. Had to download and open in another program, but it worked! Thanks!

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    3. Good night, what a lot of trouble! I am glad that you have it now though. :o)

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  12. I've been looking for how to do this kind of soft sleeve. Thank you.

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  13. This dress is sooo adorable. I have just one question before I set out to do it. How much of a seam allowance do you have. Is it included in your pattern? Thanks so much for your help and for sharing.

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