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Easy Doll Dress To Sew

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This is a super simple dress that can be made in less than an hour , really even less than that. It would make a great beginner sewing project! This dress is perfect for an 18″  American Girl style doll.

Download and print pattern.

Free American Girl Style Doll Dress Pattern Download


2 – 8 1/2″ X 11″  pieces of fabric (make sure to pre-wash the fabric before cutting)
24 inches of 1/4″ ribbon
safety pin

Do not cut pattern, use the complete outside of edge of the 8 1/2″ X 11″ piece of paper to cut out fabric. Mark dots onto fabric.

With right sides together sew together side seams, from dot to bottom on each side. The open area creates the armhole.

Press open seams. Next sew close to the edge of the top side opening. Start at the top, go down around bottom (just below where side seam started at dot)  and back up. Repeat this on other side of the dress.

Turn top down 3/4″ and press. Do this on each side of the top of the dress.

Sew across the top on each side 1/2″ in from the fold, creating a pocket for the ribbon to slip through. Repeat on other side.

Place small safety pin on a ribbon and slide it through the pocket.

Start on the far right front then through the back. If the pin gets stuck in the side seams open up pocket with a pencil and try again. Put dress on and tie a bow.

Turn the bottom of the dress under a 1/4″ to 1/2″, press and edge stitch all the way around.

If you prefer finished seams, serge or zig zag around the outside edge of pattern pieces before beginning.

There you go, a super easy doll dress that you or your child can make!


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