Fab Forties PDF Sewing Pattern to fit 18" dolls Instant Download


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Fab Forties is a vintage-inspired dress for your favorite 18” doll. The dress buttons down the front, showing off the gently curved sweetheart neckline, typical of the 1940’s and early 1950’s. The full skirt is gathered into a pointed waistline, and easy directions are given for a perfectly fitted seam every time. Depending on the fabric choices, you can achieve the look of a “vest” over the dress, or a charming summer dress. The flower appliqué pattern is included for the vest version. Two sleeve options are available; a short puff sleeve gathered into a band or a feminine flutter sleeve. Both versions can be made with or without the sash, which ties in the back with a bow. Special techniques are introduced that create a professional finish on the inside.

This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®. I am not affiliated with American Girl® or Mattel®.

Recommended Fabrics: good quality cotton fabric

Supplies Needed:
View A:
-1/3 yard cotton fabric (main dress)
-1/4 yard contrast fabric (bodice and sleeves)

View B:
-1/2 yard cotton fabric
-9” of 3/8” wide Ultra Thin Velcro®

Both Views:
-Five 3/8” buttons
-Scrap of lightweight fusible woven interfacing 1-1/2”x 22”
-Water soluble marking pen

Skill Level: Intermediate

Average review
I like everything about this pattern - when together perfectly, arrived quickly. Thanks so much.
Dec 12, 2017 by RusticRoadPottery
Oct 2, 2017 by Mary Barber
Crabapples is one of my most favorite patterns which I've purchased. The designs are so cute. The instructions are very detailed and the pictures are so easy to follow. Thanks for creating such lovely designs.
Sep 9, 2017 by Sonja
Excellent service! The patterns is very detailed. I will shop here again.
Jul 22, 2017 by maryswhis
Always loved this style dress. Well written! Thank you!!
May 12, 2017 by Louise Dillistin

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Because there is a slight variation of how firmly dolls are stuffed, and many of the 18 inch dolls vary slightly in size, I will accept the retun of any item that does not fit the intended doll. All items must be returned within 14 days of the confirmed delivery date, and must not show any wear or abuse. Refunds will be given for the purchase price of the item only, not for the original shipping. The cost to return the item to me is the buyer's responsibility. If you are shipping something back, please let me know that it is on it's way. Digital PDF patterns are not returnable.