Who doesn’t love a free doll pattern?

So now that many of you have purchased your copy of the Everyday Playdress your daughters might be asking for their dolls to have their own dress too. And now they can! Here I will be sharing the steps and free doll pattern pieces for an 18″ doll coordinating dress.
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This is a simple and quick sew. No serger needed, in fact when I did this tutorial I only used my sewing machine. Use whatever you’re comfortable with.

Supplies needed:

  • Approx. 1/4yd fabric. I recommend knit but since this dress closes in the back you could use wovens. You will need to finish your seams differently than I am showing here though. Knits don’t fray so I’ve chosen to just stitch down instead of coverstitching or serging and stitching.
  • 2″ of velcro
  • Thread, scissors, pins, iron
  • Download your free doll pattern here

1. Cut your pieces:

  • 2 crossover bodices, mirror image
  • 2 sleeves
  • front skirt
  • 2 back pieces, mirror image
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2.  Fold and press sleeve hems with 3/8″ hem and stitch in place.
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3. With right sides together, align each bodice with its back piece at the shoulders and stitch with 3/8″ seam allowance. Iron seam allowance open.
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4. Fold and iron the bodice and back necklines down about 3/8″.
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5. Stitch the bodice neckline in place.
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6. Fold and iron back pieces in about 3/8″ and stitch in place.
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7. Align two bodice pieces together so you have a complete bodice and baste the arm scythes.

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8. Pin sleeves and stitch in place with 3/8″ seam allowance. Remove any visible basting stitches from step 7. Do this for the other sleeve as well.
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9. Run a basting stitch across the top of the skirt piece, about an inch down from the top. Gather and pin to fit the bodice. This is more for ease than for a gathered skirt.
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10. Stitch skirt to bodice and press seam towards the bodice.
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11. Align front and back of dress and stitch the side seams starting at the bottom and ending at the sleeves in one continuous line of stitching. Be sure to back stitch when you begin and stop to secure the seam. Trim seam and press open.
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12. Hem dress by turning up hem about an inch, press and stitch in place. Attach the velcro to the top of the back of the dress with a zig-zag stitch. The rest of the dress will remain open to make it super easy for little hands to dress their babies.
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And you’re done!

You are welcome to sew and sell from this free doll pattern, no license or credit needed (but appreciated). The pattern and tutorial are copyrighted Love Notions Sewing Patterns 2014. Please do not share your free doll pattern, but do direct interested sewists directly here.


7 Responses to Who doesn’t love a free doll pattern?

  1. Caroline says:

    Sew cute, thanks!

  2. I am completely distracted by the gorgeous floral knit. The dress is really really cute but that floral fabric is amazing!! Must have some!!!! Where did you get it!

    And the tute is great. We love 18″ doll dresses to match big girl dresses, in my house

    • Tami says:

      Thanks Kathy. That floral fabric is an overrun from the LA district. I believe it was from Lili Paris or Tralala. It was from at least 5 years ago.

  3. Marge says:

    Sew sweet — thanks so much!!! 😉

  4. debbie says:

    Thank you for sharing your pattern. It is so adorable.

  5. Maven in the Making says:

    I just finished making this doll dress for my granddaughter. It turned out SEW cute! The pattern and directions were great. Thank you for sharing your pattern and expertise. Coming up: one happy granddaughter!

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