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    Easy Doll Dress To Sew

    Posted by  ·  July 25, 2012

    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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    1. Heather
      Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
      Thank you so very much for this pattern and for the tutorial. I'm a visual learner and so I appreciate the extra time you took for pictures. Ever think about doing video tutorials?

    2. Sara
      Thursday, December 10th, 2015
      I just made one for my daughter for Christmas. Fast and easy! Thank you!
    3. Grammy
      Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
      I want a simple 18" doll nightgown printable on my computer?! Been looking for hours.. Need to have doll nitie-to match 6yr old kid nitie?! ;-)
      Any suggestions?! TKS
      • Sunday, August 30th, 2015
        I haven't seen one. Let me look around a bit.
    4. Matthia Keyes
      Saturday, June 13th, 2015
      Hi, is there anywhere that I can find a simple pattern to make a dress for a 5 1/2 inch bisque Nancy Ann doll? Thank you.
    5. Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
      very cute. We love doll clothing
    6. Mariska
      Thursday, July 31st, 2014
      How perfect! Thank you for sharing. My granddaughter who is 2yrs. old will love some new dresses for her doll.
    7. Monday, June 30th, 2014
      I made it first, then my 7 years old daughter made 2! Thanks for sharing it.
    8. Marie
      Monday, June 30th, 2014
      I am having sewing camp for 2 days with my 10 and 7 year old granddaughters. They learned how to sew straight lines, then applied that to the doll pillowcase dress. They made 2 doll dresses and the 2nd one was even better. Now they are ready to make their own pillowcase dress.
    9. Thursday, March 27th, 2014
      Thank you so much for this pattern! I adapted your tutorial to a smaller version for my 3 year olds crocheted doll and linked back to you in my post!
      With how easy this dress is, I can make a few for this much loved doll!
    10. Teresa Young
      Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
      Wonderful tutorial - we made adjustments to fit my granddaughters 14" Hearts4Hearts dolls & made 3 dresses today.
    11. Saturday, January 25th, 2014
      super! i'm so glad that if found your web site I will be saving this for
      later! - free-doll-clothes-patterns is an interest of mine and and your "Easy Doll Dress To Sew | Skip To My Lou" article is without doubt fantastic work.

      keep up the great work, I'll check back again soon!
    12. Allison K
      Sunday, January 19th, 2014
      Just made this dress with my 5 year old and it was great! We did it in about 30 minutes, and I'm not an expert sewer by any means. My daughter was even able to do much of the sewing since it's a lot of straight stitches. Looks great on our doll - thanks!!
    13. Angela
      Thursday, December 26th, 2013
      I just want to say thanks! I've never sewn a day in my life and even though the dress didn't come out as cute as yours, my daughter is thrilled with it, and I'm proud of myself!

      I've been way intimidated to sew, and even with a screw up and a start over, I was able to do it!
    14. Debbie
      Friday, September 20th, 2013
      Thank you so much! I have a similar pattern however this one is super simple and is perfect to use up my out of control scrap pile! It took only 30 min. to make :)
      • Friday, September 20th, 2013
        So glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know.
    15. Carol Hannah
      Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
      Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! Can't wait to make this!!
    16. RF
      Sunday, June 9th, 2013

      can you tell me about the doll. That is the prettiest doll I've ever seen, I'd love to find it for my daughter. Can you tell me the brand and the name and where you got it?

      Also, the pattern is lovely. Clever and easy. Glad there are people who can create these things for others to enjoy.
      • Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
        Hi RF, It is a knock off...and I am sorry I don't remember the name. I thought it was a discontinued Zapf, but I am not sure. I know I paid less than $50.00. I will see if the doll has any markings.
    17. netra
      Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
      Super cute!!!
    18. Terry
      Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
      I can't get the download links to work to get the pattern.
      • Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
        The download was hard to see thank you for letting me know. I have now fixed it.
    19. Gayle
      Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
      Hi, Noel! The dress is sewn straight across. I think it only looks like a scoop neck because the ribbon is tied loosely and the fabric is gathered more in the middle front. If you play around with it on the doll you'll be able to achieve the scoop effect.
    20. MAGGIE
      Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
      hi i love this i did it with a little bit of my moms help and it looks so good i am makeing a matching head band
    21. Friday, March 1st, 2013
      Had a question. Sewed this for my niece but I could not get it to turn out like the picture. The top just comes straight across with no scoop neck. What am I doing wrong? I like how easy this pattern is!
    22. Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
      This really is a fabulous project, Cindy! I shared two dresses that I made with the pattern on my blog today: and I know we'll be making more of these in the future! Thanks so much for sharing this idea!
    23. Jane
      Thursday, January 31st, 2013
      Hi!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful pattern. EAsy as it may be, I couldn't wrap my mind on this myself. I bought my great granddaughter a 14" Melissa and Doug doll, for which I couldn't find any patterns for clothing. This is simple enough to cut down
      both in length and width. Your photos are wonderful!!! Blessings to you!!!!!!!
    24. Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
      Thank you so much for the great tutorial! My girls and I (and some of our friends as well) followed your tutorial today and gave our little girls their first sewing lesson while we made these dresses. They were a big hit and my daughters are already asking if they can sew again tomorrow.
    25. terra
      Monday, December 10th, 2012
      This is adorable! The download link for the pattern isn't working. Can you point me in the right direction, please?

    26. Nina
      Monday, December 3rd, 2012
      Thank you so much! This is so cute! My daughter keeps asking for doll clothes and with this pattern, I can throw a few together before Christmas. :)
    27. Olivia
      Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
      Omg this is toooooo cute I am totoly going to make one
    28. Deb
      Saturday, October 20th, 2012
      Just used your lovely pattern for a little dress for an Australian Girl, and it is wonderful. Thanks for a great & free tutorial.
    29. donna
      Thursday, October 18th, 2012
      your dress pattern is so sweet and super simple. I was wondering if you have any simple patterns for my old Nancy Ann doll, she is about 5 and half inches tall. thanks so much donna
    30. Sunday, September 9th, 2012
      I just used this pattern to make a dress for a little girls birthday gift. She loved it (I also made a dress for her that matches the doll dress). Thanks for the pattern and tutorial! here's my blog post about it:
    31. Melinda
      Thursday, September 6th, 2012
      For the lady who wanted to know about American Girl Dolls without teeth.
      Madame Alexander Dolls have no teeth and besides that look just like American Girl Dolls, but I like them better because their shoulders and upper arms are not made out of material like American Girl Dolls so look cuter in sleeveless dresses. I bought my granddaughters, me, my daughter and daughter in law all Madame Alexander Dolls through Avon. They don't sell them any more but I have seen them on Ebay. They seem to be like the Generation dolls from Target and Walmart, but not sure.
    32. Munimula
      Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
      Thank you! I am a beginner sewer and made this dress for a little girl's American Girl doll. Great, EASY instructions for someone like me who knows next-to-nothing about sewing.
    33. Sunday, August 26th, 2012
      Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern! I made a dress (my 2nd sewing project since my loooong sewing break) for my old doll. You can see it here:
    34. Rachel
      Friday, August 24th, 2012
      For everyone unable to download the pattern, it had me stumped as well. You have to click on "Free American Girl Style Doll Dress Pattern" and NOT "Download".
      HTH :)
    35. Brenda
      Friday, August 17th, 2012
      Can't download the doll dress pattern. I have Adobe Professional 8 and I also downloaded the PDF Reader on your page. However, the 'download' button is not accessible. Can you help me?

    36. Kim
      Friday, August 3rd, 2012
      Thanks for sharing this. I hope to make these with my girls!
    37. Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
      How precious!!
    38. Georgette I
      Monday, July 30th, 2012
      Thanks for much for this cute and EASY dress! I am in the process of making some American Doll clothes for my granddaughters' birthdays in September.
    39. Sunday, July 29th, 2012
      Thanks so much for this sweet pattern -- I can't wait to make these for my grown DD's American Girl dolls!!! Actually made a similar one with a free Liberty Jane pattern, but this is even simpler. I'm anxious to make it up and see how the two compare! Love how you ran the ribbon through and tied one shoulder bow; I used two ribbons on LJ pattern and tied two bows -- works either way, depending on look you want! Having great fun learning to use different stitches on my new sewing machine with free doll patterns -- TFS!!! :`)
    40. Michelle Stebner
      Sunday, July 29th, 2012
      I'd love to try this but I can't get the download button to work! Thanks for the great idea!
    41. Elizabeth Tighe
      Friday, July 27th, 2012
      Love the pillowcase dress b ut was unable to download the pattern./Hugs
    42. kim
      Friday, July 27th, 2012
      Thank you for the instructions, my nieces will be so happy once I get around to making them this little dress. Can you tell me what doll is in the picture, my daughter now wants an American Girl doll without "teeth" and I'm not sure if the pictured doll is an our generation from Target or one she saw in A.C.Moore. Thanks!
    43. Carrie
      Friday, July 27th, 2012
      Very quick and easy! I made 2 dresses from one fat quarter. One for my daughter's doll and one for a friend's. I overlock stitched around each 8.5 x 11 prior to sewing them together to prevent raveling. I also reinforced under the arms as I was sewing by back stitching a time or two at the 'dot' on the pattern before continuing back up the arm hole. Love the pattern. Thanks for sharing!

      The fabric you used for your tutorial is too cute!
    44. Hillary B
      Thursday, July 26th, 2012
      My daughter has been wanting to sew something for her doll. This is perfect.
    45. colleen
      Thursday, July 26th, 2012
      this is adoreable and I can just enlarge the pattern to make a matching dress for my neice!!
    46. Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
      Thank you so much for sharing! :)
    47. Deanna Bassett
      Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
      Love this little dress. Maybe someday I will have granddaughters!
      Thank you for sharing.
    48. ellen
      Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
      Thanks! We have a fundraiser in Feb and I've got a lot of FQs. I'm starting right now!
    49. Akhila
      Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
      Thank you so much for the step by step instructions and photos. My daughters have been begging me to make there dolls a dress. Now I can yay!!!!
    50. Sandy K
      Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
      Thanks for this pattern for the doll dress. I am sure with help ,my granddaughters will be able to make new dress for their dolls. Matching pillowcases dresses are in the future.