The Versatility Dress Pattern
Hello everyone! I'm so excited to start this blog. I've been sewing for years and after having problems with many doll clothes patterns and not finding anything online to help, I decided I'd start reviewing 18 inch doll clothes patterns here on my blog.
The first pattern I'm reviewing is from Pixie Faire, an online store that's all about patterns for doll clothes and accessories. I've bought many patterns off Pixie Faire and they do have reviews on their website for most of the patterns, but I thought it would be nice to go a little more in depth into this pattern. The Versatility Dress Pattern by Forever 18 Inches.
The Versatility Dress Pattern is a sleeveless dress for 18” dolls with a variety of options including two bodice styles, three skirt styles, and three belt styles. It can be made in knit or woven fabrics.
So let's dive right into the pattern! I made three versions. The Dark Blue is a cotton fabric with a lined bodice and a circle skirt. The Light Teal dress is a knit fabric with an unlined simple bodice and a circle skirt. And finally the White dress is a lined bodice with a gathered skirt and a sash tie belt you'll see in future photos.
Most patterns are one size fits all for Doll Clothes but I've often had problems where my dolls barely fit into the completed clothes. This pattern they told me ahead of time the measurements of the doll used to create the pattern. That allowed me to compare it to my doll's measurements. I realized that my 2008 doll (the newest one I currently own) was about an inch thicker and needed extra fabric added to the center back of the dress to make it fit correctly. I really liked that they had this feature. I added about 5/8" to the center back of the pattern pieces before cutting them out.
Pattern Alterations/Design Changes
Added 5/8” to the center back seams so it would fit nicely on my older dolls.
Would you sew it again or recommend it to others? Yes. I wouldn’t suggest it be the first pattern you sew, but especially if you already know the basics of making doll clothes it’s a great pattern. I especially liked the lined bodice and plan on making more styles with this pattern, weather in cotton or knit.
Conclusion: A very cute pattern that fits the doll nicely and comes together really well. A staple for any doll wardrobe.
4/24/2020 11:09:37 am
Really appreciated your review. I find the same thing in doll patterns as some fit and some do not. Liked the inclusion of doll measurements. Thanks for trying pattern in different materials as this is very helpful. Appreciate you doing this review and look forward to next one.!
4/24/2020 11:24:14 am
Very well written review, I like that you made it 3 different to really give us feel for it will make up.
4/24/2020 01:19:17 pm
Thank you for the review. It is a very lovely pattern and looks like it would be nice in just about any fabric. I am getting tired of gathered waist skirts on dresses and they seem to make my doll's body look boxy, so the circle skirt is a nice addition. The only problem is that NOW I feel compelled to buy yet another pattern...oh, such a terrible problem, right?
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