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Long Nightgown Pattern and Sewing Instructions

American Girl, Gotz and other 18 Inch Dolls

 

18 Inch American Girl Gwen in long nightgown,

with her pets Fluffy and Floppy

 

Clothes Patterns for 18 Inch Dolls and Bitty Baby

 

 

Here are pattern pieces for making dresses or nightgowns to fit 18-inch full body dolls like American Girl and Gotz or similar baby dolls.

This pattern is my original design and may not be used commercially.

Pattern pieces - quarter inch seam allowance included

Dress or Nightgown front

Cut one on front fold.

baby doll dress front pattern by Susan Kramer

Dress or Nightgown back

Cut two pieces.

baby doll dress back pattern by Susan Kramer

Sleeves

Cut two with sleeve top on fold.

baby doll dress sleeves pattern by Susan Kramer

To make your 1-inch square (2.5cm) grid graph paper

First, take an 8.5x11 inch piece of plain paper and draw 1 inch squares - I do this by drawing horizontal lines 1 inch apart down the page, and then vertical lines 1 inch apart across the page.

Next, looking at the .jpg image you want to enlarge, copy what is in each of my squares into your larger squares.

Seam allowances of 1/4 inch are included.

Sewing Instructions

Youíll need one half yard (one half meter) of material for the dress.

To finish the neckline, you'll need 10 inches (25cm) of half inch (1.25cm) gathered lace, and the same amount of a bias strip for finishing neck edge as in photo. You'll also need 1 yard of one-fourth inch (6mm) satin or cross-grain ribbon for the dress front trim.

Long dress or gown

With right sides of back and front dress facing, sew together at shoulders. Press seam open.

Baste right side of lace to right side of neck opening, with top of lace pointing down as in photo detail.
dress for 14-inch to 16-inch baby doll; photo credit Susan Kramer
Using the bias strip sew one long edge over the sewing line of lace, turn to inside of dress leaving one fourth inch of bias strip showing as in photo detail. On inside turn in bias strip and sew to dress.

To finish back seam of dress, sew together along seam line of center back leaving about 4 inches open at top as marked on pattern piece. For these two open edges turn in one fourth inch twice and blind stitch seam. Overlap edges and sew on a sticky dot or ribbons to tie for closure. I do not use button closures on doll clothes that are used by children, to avoid swallowing and choking.

Sleeves

Roll in lower edge and hem by hand or machine. (I sew sleeve and skirt hems by hand.)

To make ruffle near lower edge of sleeve, gather with a strong thread, (I use quilting thread for strength), just loose enough to slide over dollís hand and lower arm; about 5 inches (12.5cm).

Along armpit edge gather sleeve with basting stitch just inside the one-quarter inch line to fit armhole and with right side of sleeve facing right side of front and back dress (which are just joined at shoulders and now lay out flat) stitch together with one fourth inch seam. Clip curve. Repeat for other sleeve.

With right sides of sleeves and dress facing, sew together sides of dress and underside of sleeves at the same time. Repeat on other side.

Hem at lower edge of dress

When cutting out your material add or subtract hem length according to length of your doll. For the dress in this photo which fits Bitty Baby or 18 inch American Girl doll, I added 2 inches to the pattern length.

Turn in lower edge one fourth inch twice and blind stitch.

Now decorate the dress as you wish

Top stitch cross grain or satin ribbon in pattern as in photos or anyway you wish. (A hint to sew ribbon in a straight line is to iron a crease in the dress material to act as a guideline!)


Have fun making doll clothes!

Article and photo credits Susan Kramer

 

 Email: susan@susankramer.com

 

 

Ebook Patterns:

 

Clothes Patterns for Preemies - Premature Babies

ebook of full size patterns

 

Boy Doll Clothes 18 Inches and Smaller

ebook of full size patterns

 

 

Elsa and Anna Dress Patterns

For 18 Inch Dolls

 

 

Shirley Temple 12 Inch Doll

Bodysuit Pattern

E-pattern by Susan Kramer

 

Child's Jumper Pattern

E-pattern by Susan Kramer

 

Raggedy Andy Doll Clothes Pattern

For 15 to 18 Inch Dolls

E-pattern by Susan Kramer

 

Charlotte Doll Body and Dress Full Size Patterns

Inspired by doll of Laura Ingalls Wilder

E-patterns by Susan Kramer

 

How to Sew Cloth Dolls and Costumes plus Traceable Patterns
Book or Ebook by Susan Kramer
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Medium Doll Clothes
with Full Size Patterns

Ebook by Susan Kramer
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Baby Christening Gown
E-pattern
by Susan Kramer

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Royal Bridesmaid
18 Inch Doll Dress Pattern

E-pattern by Susan Kramer
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