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L&P 1006 - Patrol Cap Pattern for 18 Inch Dolls


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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 inch doll (American Girl-sized) version in this pattern was inspired by a modern-issue Army cap. But this cap looks adorable made from a wide range of fabrics — from camo prints and khaki, to pretty cottons or tailored twills. Pattern pieces and directions are included for both the fully-lined cap, and for an optional fabric band trim. Though your doll will love to wear the hat tipped back on the head at a casual 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 digicam (digital camo) print shown in our photos can be purchased in the Lee & Pearl shop at Spoonflower: *** 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 2017, that's Pattern #1025: She Blinded Me with Science Unisex Lab Coat (or Unlined Coat) and Safety Goggles for Dolls. This is our first multi-size release, which contains patterns drafted for 18” dolls, 16” dolls and 14 1/2” dolls — because we think every child, and every doll, should know the thrill of launching a chemical reaction or spotting a single-cell organism in a drop of pond water! Do not miss out on this pattern — join our mailing list today at Join the Lee & Pearl™ community: like us on Facebook (Lee & Pearl), follow us on Twitter (, join us on Pinterest ( and watch us on YouTube ( *** 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.

Recommended with this pattern

  • 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 costume designer with a background in history. She has created costumes for theatrical and Hollywood film productions, and recently moved to a beautiful, big workroom in Texas. Rebecca Menes ("Lee") is a homeschooling mom with a background in traditional academic education — and traditional arts and crafts like weaving and spinning. She lives 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.