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L&P 1035: Olá Brasil! Samba Top, Bahia Dress and Baiana Headwrap Pattern for 18 Inch American Girl, 16 Inch AGFAT and 14 1/2 Inch WW Dolls



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This pattern is also available as separate listings for the 18 inch doll size, the 16 inch doll size and the 14 1/2 inch doll size:

For the 18 INCH ONLY, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/540262695/lp-1035-ola-brasil-off-the-shoulder

For the 16 INCH ONLY, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/622621605/lp-1035-ola-brasil-samba-top-bahia-dress

For the 14 1/2 INCH ONLY, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/622622093/lp-1035-ola-brasil-samba-top-bahia-dress


When we set about to design the ultimate summer vacation dress, we surrounded ourselves with inspirations from the ultimate summer vacation destination — beautiful, tropical Brazil.

We combed runway images from São Paulo Fashion Week, collected pictures of Brazilian children's clothes, studied the fairytale-lovely dresses, cascading beads and elegant headwraps of the beach community Baianas. And of course, we listened to glorious Brazilian music — smooth bossa novas, bright sambas, and driving, percussive batucadas.

Through all the fashion inspirations, one essentially Brazilian silhouette kept reappearing: a blouse or dress with a neckline that cuts straight across the body in one unbroken line from shoulder to shoulder.

Turns out, we weren't the only ones combing those runway images for inspiration. That Brazilian "cold shoulder" look became the BIGGEST FASHION STORY OF THE DECADE and was soon proclaimed an iconic style — flattering on everyone, a new classic for the ages.

Pair our beachy, fun "cold shoulder" SAMBA TOP with its slightly cropped waistline, with summer separates. This quick-to-finish top looks great with our Pattern #1004 cargo shorts, Pattern #1033 cuffed shorts, and Pattern #1041 denim and pencil skirts — patterns which are currently available in 18 inch size, and are COMING SOON in 16 inch and 14 1/2 inch doll sizes.

Add the waistband, skirt and ruffled underskirt included in this pattern, and you've made our tropical-inspired BAHIA DRESS — the perfect project for easy-to-sew cottons and splashy, bold prints.

Both pieces feature a fun, Bohemian ruffle bound onto the edge of a perfectly-fitted bodice, with an easy-to-insert lining that make your top or dress almost as pretty on the inside as on the outside.

We've also included a page of instructions to turn the Bahia Dress into a lacy white BAIANA DRESS with tiered eyelet ruffles. To complete the look of a traditional Afro-Brazilian Baiana, follow our directions to make your own two-toned "Crown" BAIANA HEADWRAP to go with the dress!


We love this pattern so much, that we created a FREE Tweak the Pattern alteration for sleeveless and ruffle-less versions of the Samba Top and Bahia Dress. You can find the FREE tweak document on the FREE STUFF page of the Lee & Pearl website at http://www.leeandpearl.com/free.html


The SAMBA TOP and BAHIA DRESS are rated EASY/INTERMEDIATE for the curved sleeve hems, zig-zag elastic insertion, bias binding neckline finish and limited hand stitching on internal facings.

The BAIANA HEADWRAP is rated EASY as no stitching is required.

As always, Lee & Pearl's photo-illustrated directions and computer-drafted, guaranteed-to-fit-together pattern pieces make each step in this pattern as easy as possible.




1/4 yard light- to medium-weight woven fabric (like quilting cotton)

This pattern is ideal for the lightweight quilting cottons found in pre-packaged fat quarters. Be aware, though, that you will need to stitch two strips of fabric together to cut the 18 inch and 16 inch doll-size neckline ruffles.

Scraps of light- to medium-weight woven fabric (like muslin) for the lining

1/2 yard 1/8" elastic

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

Matching thread


1/3 yard light- to medium-weight woven fabric (like quilting cotton) — or 1/4 yard for 16 inch and 14 1/2 inch dolls

1/4 yard contrasting or coordinating light- to medium-weight woven fabric for the neckline ruffle, shoulder straps and underskirt

Scraps of light- to medium-weight woven fabric (like muslin) for the lining

1/2 yard 1/8" elastic

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

Matching thread


1/4 yard (9" x 48") lightweight knit (non-Lycra) or gauzy woven fabric

1/4 yard (9" x 48") contrasting or coordinating lightweight knit (non-Lycra) or gauzy woven fabric


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This pattern will be delivered as an instant download. After purchasing, you will receive a link to the two PDF files. No paper copies 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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Great pattern!

Trudy Helgeson Aug 27, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

My outfits turned out really well. Make sure to use the notches on the bodice pieces!

Shirley Fomby May 18, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding!!! This pattern is very long, however, it's well worth the paper and ink!!! This design is so well documented with written instruction, tips, photos and designs that I feel like I'm taking an actual class!!!! Love the different sizes offered in this patten pack as well. EXCELLENT job!!! Very happy with this shop and my purchase!!!!! Thank you!!!

Kathleen Jul 30, 2019

2 out of 5 stars

The head wrap is a joke...so hard to figure out how to wrap it. I bought this pattern because I thought the head wrap was actually a pattern to sew.

Reviewed by Inactive Aug 23, 2020

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