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L&P 1006 - 18" Doll Patrol Cap Pattern


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The patrol or field cap is a soft, straight-sided fabric cap with a rounded visor and flat top. Versions of this cap have been worn in the U.S. military since at least the 1940s. The 18" doll (American Girl-sized) version you can make from this pattern was designed based on a modern-issue Army cap. Pattern pieces and directions are included for both the fully-lined cap and an optional fabric band trim. This cap looks adorable made in anything from camo prints and khaki to pretty cottons or tailored twills. Though your doll will love to wear it tipped back on the head at a jaunty angle, he or she might also appreciate the traditional design, in which the raised center back allows the hat to be worn with the top absolutely flat and parallel to the ground - an impressive parade-ground look for any aspiring 18" grunt. NOTE: The 1:4 scale replica camo prints shown in our photos can be purchased in the Lee & Pearl shop at Spoonflower: *** Join the Lee & Pearl community: LIKE us on Facebook (Lee & Pearl); FOLLOW us on Twitter (; JOIN us on Pinterest (; and WATCH us on YouTube ( *** Sign up for our mailing list at, and you'll receive our newsletter full of FREE pattern tweaks, tutorials, crafts and printables. PLUS, you'll get the link for our annual FREE MEMBERS ONLY PATTERN. In 2016, that's Pattern #1035: Ola Brasil! Samba Top, Bahia Dress, Baiana Headwrap and Jewelry Tutorials for 18" Dolls a collection of Brazilian-themed patterns, inspired by American Girl GOTY Lea Clark, and also by past and present Brazilian fashions, Brazilian music, and the Afro-Brazilian traditions of Bahia, Brazil. *** 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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY This cap is an INTERMEDIATE level pattern, involving curved seams, hand basting and visible top stitching. Lee & Pearl(tm) have made things as easy as possible, though, and a careful beginner should be able to follow our PHOTO ILLUSTRATED, step-by-step instructions while using our COMPUTER DRAFTED pattern pieces. All Lee & Pearl seam lines get "walked around" on the computer to ensure that the pattern pieces fit together perfectly. Perfect matches = no puckered curves, ever! SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Please be aware that 18 inch dolls can vary significantly in their measurements. These patterns were developed on a Mattel-era American Girl doll, and will fit differently on different dolls.

Supplies Needed

  • Matching thread (or contrasting thread as a design choice)
  • 1/4 yard of light- or medium-weight woven fabric, such as plain weave cotton, twill or denim, or a scrap at least 14" wide x 11" long - or twice that if using the same fabric for the lining.
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing for brim (keep it lightweight: the curved shape and decorative stitches will do most of the work supporting the brim)

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Lee & Pearl
Elizabeth Atwater Menes ("Pearl") is a fiction writer and historian with a background in costume design. Elizabeth has created costumes for theatrical and Hollywood film productions, and she lives on Pearl Street in creative West Los Angeles, California. Rebecca Menes ("Lee") is a PhD economic historian with a background in business as the proprietor of The Vintage Cookie. Rebecca is also the homeschooling mom of a wonderful eight-year old, and she lives on Lee Street in historic Alexandria, Virginia. Elizabeth and Rebecca grew up touring the Eastern United States with The Dragon Marionettes puppet company. They have worked on theatrical scripts, props and costumes since their teensy fingers could hold pens, hammers and needles. Rebecca and Elizabeth – Lee & Pearl – would love to make sure other children have as much fun with imaginative play as they remember having.