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L&P 1031 - 18" Doll Wrap Dress and Top


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In 1974, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg debuted a line of simple jersey wrap dresses, and a new fashion star was born. The dresses sold in record numbers, and kept on selling, remaining a staple wardrobe item right through to today. Dressy but comfortable, pretty but casual, fashionable but flattering (and forgiving), the wrap dress proved a perfect fit for the new modern woman: a confident person with life and career firmly in her own hands! Lee & Pearl's 18" doll version of the iconic wrap dress offers the same combo of vintage style and modern practicality. Our dress features the same cross-over front construction as the original with two pleats for a flattering fit, a waist seam, front facing, moderately flared skirt, fabric ties, an optional wide, flat collar, and your choice of long sleeves, cap sleeves or no sleeves. Our flared skirt can be cut in one of three hem lengths: traditional knee length, free-flowing "maxi" (ankle) length and our favorite: a coordinates-with-everything peplum top length. Just like the original, our wraps look great in moderately-stretchy jerseys. Also like the original, the simple, clean lines work well with those slightly larger scale prints that you've loved, but set aside as too big for 18" doll garments. Even better, these cute garments don't require jersey at all and can be made with easy-to-sew non-stretch cotton fabrics, like voiles or even quilting cotton. The peplum top version is particularly adorable in pretty cotton prints. Best of all, none of the variations call for a single tricky snap, button, piece of elastic or scrap of Velcro. All you need is fabric and thread! *** 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 As stretch jersey fabric can require more careful handling and pressing, this garment is rated for INTERMEDIATE sewers if made out of stretch fabric. If made out of woven cotton, it is rated EASY/INTERMEDIATE. 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

  • 1/3 yard (for the peplum top) or 1/2 yard (for the knee and ankle length dresses) fabric
  • NOTE: This pattern can be made using a wide variety of fabrics, either stretch knit or woven. Stretch knits can be made from polyester, nylon, silk, rayon or other fibers. Try stretching the fabric before you buy it: the ideal fabric should have moderate horizontal stretch (from selvage to selvage) and little or no vertical stretch. Though the pattern can be made with fabrics that include a small amount of Lycra/spandex, try to avoid fabric that has significant vertical stretch as that might cause the neckline to gap or sag.
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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.