Pattern Description: Heritage Doll Fashion’s “Bubble gum” 1940s dress for American girl dolls. Dress has a contrast yoke, lined bodice, and gathered skirt. (from Liberty Jane)
Pattern Sizing: For American girl dolls- 18 inch dolls
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?yes, except I didn’t add the buttons to the yoke
Were the instructions easy to follow?The sewing instructions were very easy. Each step had its own color picture to help guide
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The picture was cute. I am looking for projects that use the larger scrap fabric I have. This dress is perfect for my American Girl Molly doll. Fabric Used:Orange cotton plaid and white cotton
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As far as I can figure my American girl dolls were purchased around 1992 to 1995 (at the latest). As far as I could tell, the main difference seems to be in Molly’s waist. A construction change mainly- I basted together the bodice and the lining at the side seams and the waistband. I left off the button details on the yoke.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely sew it again. For my dolls I probably will add a quarter inch or so in the waist for better fit. I would recommend the pattern for others wanting to make doll clothes. Another reason to recommend is that American Girl is archiving Molly soon. So any Molly doll out there will still need dresses.
Conclusion: It is a cute 1940s style dress for my Molly doll. Considering this is the first doll outfit I have made, it was easy to make. It is a great use for scrap fabric that is use too big to trash but too small for making something for myself. Reducing the pile in the scrap box is great and I hope to continue making stuff for my dolls.
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