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Betsy 1930s Dress for 18in doll

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Betsy 1930s Dress for 18in doll
Betsy 1930s Dress for 18in doll
Betsy 1930s Dress for 18in doll
Betsy 1930s Dress for 18in doll
Betsy 1930s Dress for 18in doll

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic dressmaking skills
  • Gathering
  • Applying trim (optional)
  • Applying bias binding tape (optional)

Pattern Description:

The Betsy Dress for 18 inch dolls is typical of the type of dresses worn by both toddlers and older girls in the 1930s and early 1940s, but depending upon your choice of fabric, the dress can look vintage or modern.

Both views have a lined bodice gathered into a yoke at the front, and a skirt made from six main gore panels. The center back gore panel is seamed to allow for the center back closure.

View A has a curved shape yoke trimmed with rick rack. It has puffed sleeves with contrast cuffs. The optional contrast peter pan collar adds a touch of charm and the rick rack inserted into the center front skirt panel seams emphasizes the shape of the skirt. An optional ribbon belt with a purchased mini buckle completes the smart look.

View B has a gently sloping yoke trimmed with piping. Keyhole sleeves trimmed with contrast binding add a touch of interest to the dress. The piped neckline looks neat and simple and the piping extends down the center back bodice opening. Contrast binding adds a more modern look to the skirt hem finish, and the adorable contrast bow belt just oozes cuteness.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • To fit 18 inch soft bodied dolls


  • Half a yard or two fat quarters of main fabric
  • One fat quarter of contrast fabric
  • One fat eighth (11" x 22") for lining the bodice

You Will Also Need:

  • 1 package of rick rack (View A)
  • 1 package of 5/8" wide single fold bias tape (View B) or you can make bias binding from spare fabric
  • Anti snag Velcro (R) for back closure
  • Six small buttons (6mm - 9mm)
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I've been sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidering all my life. I love making up my own designs and dressing dolls and teddy bears. For many years I made artist teddy bears and sold them under ...

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