L&P 1032: Desert Sunrise Maxi Dress, Halter Top and Beaded Choker Pattern for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl — summer boho doll fashion

L&P 1032: Desert Sunrise Maxi Dress, Halter Top and Beaded Choker Pattern for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl — summer boho doll fashion


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Get your 18 inch dolls music festival-ready with gauzy MAXI DRESSES and loose floaty TOPS, draped in beautiful folds from a flattering — and easy-to-sew — bias tape-bound halter neckline. Then complete your doll's boho look with the perfect handmade BEADED CHOKER, this season's most popular fashion accessory.

Best of all, we've now included the EMPIRE WAIST and HANDKERCHIEF HEM maxi dress and top variants from our June 2016 newsletter as an additional Tweak-the-Pattern download with this pattern. Be sure to download both the pattern PDF and the tweak PDF for these fun new versions! And be sure to sign up for the Lee & Pearl newsletter at www.leeandpearl.com to receive future tweaks and free patterns.


The Desert Sunrise pattern provides a ton of style for a very small outlay of time and effort. You won't believe how quick and easy the halter top and dress are to put together. There are only two pattern pieces — the dress or top and an internal yoke lining. That's it. Just those two pattern pieces and a few easy seams between them!

Best of all, because of that stabilizing internal yoke of ordinary cotton fabric, you can try out those fabrics you never get to use for the dress or top — all the fluttery silkies and liquid-smooth jerseys you've admired in the fabric store, but put back on the shelf as too hard to sew. Avoid those beauties no longer! This pattern is your chance to sew out of your comfort zone while still enjoying the ease of pinning and stitching to the quilting cotton or muslin internal yoke that holds everything together.

Wondering what to do with all the time you'll have left over? Make beaded chokers, of course. We've included detailed, photo-illustrated directions in this pattern for a simple daisy chain choker — and pattern directions for a few more advanced chokers as well. Make your 18 inch doll a trendy boho dress — and the perfect beaded jewelry to go with it. And then make a few chokers for yourself, as well!

With a loose, floaty fit, fully adjustable neck ties and a generously sized internal yoke, this dress and top are wonderfully flexible — perfect for those who sew for a variety of 18 inch dolls.



The construction steps involved in this pattern are genuinely easy. We've even broken down couture-level techniques like bias-to-bias seams and understitching into simple steps that anyone can follow.

But depending on your fabric choice, this pattern might be considered intermediate. We have made the seams as easy as possible regardless of the material you use, but hemming certain materials can be difficult — as can laying out and cutting.

The BEADED CHOKER is rated Easy. We've laid out exactly the supplies you'll need and included step-by-step, photo-illustrated directions to get you started making boho-fabulous necklaces for your doll — and for yourself as well.



2/3 yd softly draping fabric* for the Maxi Dress

11" high x 15" wide piece of softly draping fabric* for the Halter Top

6" high x 14" wide piece of medium weight woven fabric like muslin, broadcloth or quilting cotton for the internal yoke

1 yard of 1/2" wide single fold bias tape, or 1/4" wide double fold bias tape

Hook-and-loop fastener (such as Velcro™) at least 3/8" wide

Matching thread

* Look for soft, floaty woven fabrics like rayon challis, polyester or silk chiffon, georgette or charmeuse, lightweight cotton gauze or voile, and handkerchief linens or soft rayon/linen blends. These garments also looks fantastic made out of lightweight, stretch fabrics like nylon jersey or lamé.

Because of the seamless construction and very full skirt, both the top and maxi dress provide an opportunity to try large-scale florals and prints. And for a trendy look, try a double-layer dress or top with lace, sheer fabric or mesh over a contrasting second layer underneath. Or don't bother with a second layer, as the internal yoke acts as a built-in camisole!


We have included detailed information in the pattern on the bead weaving tools and materials you'll need to make an array of pretty chokers for your dolls — and for yourself.


Visit the PATTERNS section of our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl?section_id=15862176&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1 to find the Patrol Cap, Sun Hat and Pencil Skirt patterns shown on our models with their maxi dresses and halter tops.


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Starting in December 2018, that's Lee & Pearl Pattern 1038: The Gift Bow Front Dress for 18 Inch, 16 Inch and 14 1/2 Inch Dolls.

While scouting the fashion pages and runway reports for inspiration, our pattern designer was struck by one of the prettiest trends we’ve seen in a long time. You’ve probably noticed it too — all those soft ruffles and gathers, interesting pleats and seams, bows and motifs formed out of the fabric of the dress itself. It’s an organic kind of ornamentation, that allows over-the-top frills while still retaining the elegant restraint of a vintage couture gown.

Our Bow Front Dress explores this lovely trend with pleated raglan sleeves, a draped front panel and inverted center front pleats that mimic the look of a tied ribbon bow. Best of all, we designed this dress to be made from a single quarter yard or fat quarter of ordinary woven fabric — a dress designed around the use of pretty fabrics should allow you to use a wide variety of pretty fabrics!

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Love this pattern. Have so many fabrics to use for this!!!

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How cute! I have some desert fabrics coming to make this up.

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