Digital file type(s): 1 PDF
In 1974, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg debuted a line of simple jersey wrap dresses, and a new fashion star was born. The dresses sold in record numbers, and kept on selling, remaining a staple wardrobe item right through to today. Dressy but comfortable, pretty but casual, fashionable but flattering, the wrap dress proved a perfect fit for the ideal modern woman: a confident person with life and career firmly in her own hands!
Lee & Pearl™'s 18" doll version of the iconic wrap dress offers the same combo of vintage style and modern practicality. Our dress features the same cross-over front construction as the original with two pleats for a flattering fit, a waist seam, front facing, moderately flared skirt, fabric ties, an optional wide, flat collar, and your choice of long sleeves, cap sleeves or no sleeves. Our flared skirt can be cut in one of three hem lengths: traditional knee length, free-flowing "maxi" (ankle) length and our favorite: a coordinates-with-everything peplum top length.
Just like the original, our wraps look great in moderately-stretchy jerseys. Also like the original, the simple, clean lines work well with those slightly larger scale prints that you've loved, but set aside as too big for 18" doll garments. Even better, these cute garments don't require jersey at all and can be made with easy-to-sew non-stretch cotton fabrics, like voiles or even quilting cotton. The peplum top version is particularly adorable in pretty cotton prints — and it's stunningly fashionable made out of SILK ORGANZA from our Lee & Pearl fabric kits.
Best of all, none of the variations call for a single tricky snap, button, piece of elastic or hair-snagging Velcro™. All you need is fabric and thread!
As stretch jersey fabric can require more careful handling and pressing, this garment is rated for INTERMEDIATE sewers if made out of stretch fabric. If made out of woven cotton, it is rated EASY/INTERMEDIATE.
1/3 yard* or a "fat quarter" (for the peplum top) or 1/2 yard (for the knee and ankle length dresses) fabric
This pattern can be made using a wide variety of fabrics, either stretch knit or woven. Stretch knits can be made from polyester, nylon, silk, rayon or other fibers. Try stretching the fabric before you buy it: the ideal fabric should have moderate horizontal stretch (from selvage to selvage) and little or no vertical stretch. Though the pattern can be made with fabrics that include a small amount of Lycra/spandex, try to avoid fabric that has significant vertical stretch as that might cause the neckline to gap or sag.
When choosing a woven fabric, consider lightweight muslins or cotton voile for the dress-length versions, while ordinary quilting cotton is a terrific option for the peplum top version as that version can have a somewhat stiffer skirt. NOTE: The long sleeve option requires fabric with horizontal stretch to fit around the doll's hand. It will not work in a woven fabric.
* 1/3 yard will not provide enough fabric to cut the 16" long ties on the straight grain (parallel to the selvage edge) as marked. You will need to cut the ties on the cross-grain (perpendicular to the selvage edge) instead. When using a non-stretch fabric or a fabric with slight horizontal stretch, this is not a problem. If you are using fabric with moderate to considerable horizontal stretch, though, this will make the ties longer and narrower than they should be. In that case, you might want to get 1/2 yard of the fabric instead of 1/3 and cut the ties as marked.
For a really simple version of this garment, cut two 16" pieces of 3/4" ribbon to use as the ties instead of making your own.
Sign up for our mailing list at www.leeandpearl.com, and you'll receive our newsletter full of behind-the-scenes news, tutorials, crafts and printables. PLUS, you'll get the link for our annual members-only FREE PATTERN.
Don't miss out on this pattern — join our mailing list today at www.leeandpearl.com!
Join the Lee & Pearl™ community: like us on Facebook (Lee & Pearl), follow us on Instagram (#leeandpearl), share us on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/leeandpearl) and watch us on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/leeandpearl).
To see our other patterns, visit the PATTERNS section of our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl?section_id=15862176&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1
To see our selection of Fabric & Trim Kits, visit the FABRIC & TRIM KITS section of our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl?section_id=15860795&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2
This pattern will be delivered as an instant download. After purchasing, you will receive a link to a PDF copy of the file. No paper copy will be mailed.
This pattern may be printed solely by the original purchaser. It may not be duplicated, redistributed, posted or resold without prior authorization from Lee & Pearl™. If you use this pattern to make items to sell yourself, we ask that you give Lee & Pearl™ design credit in the description of those items. Thank you!
Lee & Pearl™ is not affiliated with Mattel, American Girl®, Diane von Furstenberg Studio, L.P., or any other company or organization.
Your files will be available to download once payment is confirmed. Here's how.
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations. But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
2,912 reviews5 out of 5 stars
Great pattern! Easy to use, very clear instructions. I used a heavy cotton/knit with a little stretch for the cap sleeve dress, and love how it sewed up. The 1/4 inch seam allowance fit an American Girl doll perfectly.
Great pattern! Well written and the pattern pieces line up perfectly. Made the dress the same day I bought the pattern and I'm really pleased with how it came out. Used quilting cotton fabric I had in my stash and made the knee length version with capped sleeves. Highly recommend this pattern :)
Such a unique pattern for a doll! Love it! The instructions are flawless. Being unfamiliar with sewing for dolls, it was if someone was right there with me holding my hand. The patterns is well drafted, all the pieces fit together nicely. You can tell by looking at the pattern and sewing, that it was well thought out by a professional and not just thrown together. These patterns are much better quality than those I have seen at the local fabric store! I have many in my favorites, and look forward to getting my next one.
This is another iconic fashion look and the pattern is a great way to make it in doll size. I made the top first but plan to make the dress when I can find a piece of fabric like a dress I had back in the day. Well written and illustrated.
Photos from reviews
L&P Ballet Performance Pattern Bundle for 18 Inch American Girl, 16 Inch AGFAT and 14 1/2 Inch WW Dolls — includes TWO Tutu / Bodice Combos
L&P 1075: Ballet Slippers Pattern for 14 1/2 Inch Wellie Wisher and similar dolls — ultra-realistic dance shoes that are easy to make too!
100% Silk Strié Shantung by the HALF Yard – Fabric, Lightweight, Dupioni, Taffeta, Cut to Order, Sewing, Crafts, Dressmaking, Dolls, Drapery
OVER THE RAINBOW Kit 100% Silk Organza Curated Kit — Five Half Yards — Fabric for Couture Sewing, Heirloom Craft Tambour Dolls Pojagi Hanbok
$37.99 FREE shipping
L&P 1001: Unisex T-shirts Pattern for 18 Inch American Girl, 16 Inch AGFAT and 14 1/2 Inch WW Dolls — doll tee with lots of variations!