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School Dance Dress for 18 inch dolls (Like American Girl ®)

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Author Oh Sew Kat!
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by K. Norton
on January 8th, 2019

“This is such a cute pattern with so many options. You can even change the length of the sleeves if you want. I will be making many of these for my girls. It is a fun and easy sew too! I love Oh Sew Kat patterns.”

Your 18 inch doll will be ready for the School Dance is her easy to make and fun to wear dress. Use colorful prints and solids and mix and match the front and sleeves to create a unique look every time you sew. Change the fabrics to match the seasons and your doll is ready for the holidays, back to school or Valentine's Day or Easter.

The School Dance Dress is an easy to sew pattern to make a long sleeved dress in three variations. Add elastic to the sleeves or leave it out for a fuller look. Choose the simplest version with a solid front (perfect for machine embroidery, heat transfer vinyl, or applique), or add a contrasting panel with simple, straight edges or a pretty, princess seam. BONUS: Instructions included for an attached bow, belt or ribbon to tie in front or back to embellish your dress and create your own style.

Skill level: Easy (sewing straight lines and easy curves)

This classic but simple dress is very easily made from a quarter yard of fabric (quilter's fat quarters work great!) in a woven cotton or other lightweight fabric. Mix and match your fabrics and add trims for unlimited design options. Embellish your dress with embroidery, applique, heat transfer vinyl, buttons, bows, crystals, ribbon, trim, ric rac, lace, chain, beads, or any other fun trim you like! With a velcro closure in back, it's easy on and off for little hands. This pattern is also a perfect pattern for girls that want to learn to sew for their dolls to use to create a full wardrobe for their dolls, or for more experienced seamstresses to make a basic doll wardrobe with lots of options.

Your instant download file will include full color photos, full sized pattern pieces and directions. Just print and sew! Visit my blog at to see ideas and inspiration as well as sneak peaks of upcoming patterns.

This pattern was specifically designed and tested on 18 inch dolls such as American Girl ®. My dolls have a waist measurement average of 10 1/2 inches. Please measure and test the fit on your own doll as there are many on the market and it may not fit the same on all of them.


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cotton or other lightweight fabric (1/4 yard)
optional scrap for contrast front (10 inch square)
optional trims: lace, ric rac, buckles, buttons, heat transfer vinyl, ribbon, trim, beads, chain etc.

by K. Norton
on January 8th, 2019

This is such a cute pattern with so many options. You can even change the length of the sleeves if you want. I will be making many of these for my girls. It is a fun and easy sew too! I love Oh Sew Kat patterns.

by Bierlein, Ellen
on February 16th, 2016

Really cute dress! Went together quickly and looks very nice. Used the view w/black&white check with pink but used a red baitik in place of pink. Looks GREAT. Great for using up odds and ends of cute leftovers.

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