L&P 1964: Darling Doris 1960s Ladies' Suit Pattern for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl — lined jacket, top and retro-style pencil skirt

L&P 1964: Darling Doris 1960s Ladies' Suit Pattern for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl — lined jacket, top and retro-style pencil skirt

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Lee & Pearl Pattern 1964: Darling Doris 1960s Ladies' Suit for 18 Inch Dolls is our homage to sunny, sparkling '60s star Doris Day — and to all the stylish career gals of the era.

Unlike many other bubbly blonde stars, Doris rarely played a debutante or socialite. She was far more likely to put on a ladylike pastel suit and strike out as a professional woman — a magazine editor, ad exec, interior decorator or research scientist. The sky's the limit for any doll wearing our Darling Doris suit!

Inspired by a vintage Vogue pattern from 1964, our THREE PIECE SUIT is chock full of high-fashion details. But this is a Lee & Pearl™ pattern, so don't worry — we will walk you step-by-step through every detail, with photo illustrated directions and guaranteed-to-fit-together, computer-drafted pattern pieces that make even couture construction as easy as possible.

FITTED TOP

Our refined little blouse features front princess seams that extend into cap sleeves, with a matching curved yoke in back. The high jewel neckline is ideal for pairing with period-appropriate chokers and pearl necklaces. The sleeve, neckline and back openings are neatly faced inside, and the back closes with snaps and ladylike button trim.

The extended shoulder line and feminine curve of the side seams make this top flattering on our dolls, who — let's face it — don't have much of a waist on their own. The flare over the hips also allows this top to float gracefully over the waistbands of skirts, shorts and even bulky denim jeans.

KNEE LENGTH PENCIL SKIRT

This slender, knee-length pencil skirt shares the famous "no crack back" fitted waistband and easy, flat-until-the-very-last-step construction of our Pattern 1041: Slim Skirts pencil and denim skirt variations. But the slightly higher, natural waistline on this skirt gives it a vintage look — and a closed kick pleat in back adds some cute "walking away" flare, while maintaining the demure, period-accurate look of the ensemble.

FULLY LINED SWING JACKET

Finally, here's the pièce de résistance: a hip length, boxy swing jacket — the very height of early 60s fashion!

We think this is a particularly elegant version of the style as the curved front seams, back yoke and graceful shawl collar make a pleasing counterpoint to the square-cut boxiness. We've even designed the top of the collar to be ever-so-slightly larger than the underside for a smooth, couture-quality roll.

This jacket is fully faced and lined, with a just-like-the-real-thing ease pleat at the center back of the lining. The sleeves are cut in one with the front and back side pieces, and lozenge-shaped underarm gussets allow for a smooth, comfortable fit.

The bracelet-length sleeves are a nice, early '60s touch. And we LOVE real, working pockets, so of course we had to add in-seam pockets to the front of the jacket — a detail that wasn't even included in the Vogue original.

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The FITTED TOP is rated INTERMEDIATE. The PENCIL SKIRT is rated EASY. And the SWING JACKET is rated INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED.

The difficulty level of the jacket depends on the fabric you choose. Unless you want a truly advanced experience, stick with fabrics that can be marked clearly and DO NOT RAVEL easily.

The right tools are important for couture level work. Along with good pins, sharp scissors and chalk rollers, chalk pencils or erasable markers, we highly recommend that you own a good steam iron and pressing assistants with a variety of gentle curves — such as a tailor's ham, seam roll or at least a small sleeve board.

Please be aware that 18 inch dolls can vary significantly in their measurements. These patterns were developed to fit Mattel-era American Girl® dolls with the following approximate measurements, and will fit differently on dolls with different measurements: chest — 11"; waist — 10.5"; and hips — 12"

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MATERIALS:

For the FITTED TOP:

1/4 yd lightweight woven fabric

4 small (4/0) or medium (3/0) snap fasteners

Matching thread

OPTIONAL coordinating fabric for the facings.

OPTIONAL 4 doll-scale (1/4" or smaller) buttons


For the PENCIL SKIRT:

1/4 yd medium weight woven fabric, such as brushed cotton twill, suiting weight wool, silk, linen or poly-blends or wool tweed

13" wide x 4" long piece of lightweight woven fabric or lining for the waistband facing

Hook-and-loop fastener (such as Velcro™)

Matching thread


For the LINED SWING JACKET WITH SHAWL COLLAR:

NOTE: The difficulty level of the jacket depends on the fabric you choose. Unless you want a truly advanced experience, stick with fabrics that can be marked clearly and DO NOT RAVEL easily.

1/4 yd medium weight woven fabric, such as brushed cotton twill, suiting weight wool, silk, linen or poly-blends, or wool tweed

28" wide x 7" high piece of lightweight lining material for the lining and pocket

Matching thread

OPTIONAL contrasting or coordinating woven fabric for the front and back facings

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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® or any other company or organization.

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Love the details and design of this out fit. In fact I also just purchased the Accessory pattern too. Great job on this outfit. LOVE IT.....

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