Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pretty Pleats a Fashion File for 1805 Doll Clothes Pattern

American Girl Doll clothes
How to make this pleated dress.

I love pleats!
With my graph paper method you do the pleats in sections and it becomes quite easy.

  • Pin
  • Crease
  • Pleat
  • Baste
Completing 4 or 5 pleats at a time makes it easy to manage.

American Girl Doll clothes

American Girl Doll clothes


To make this dress I have used pattern piece 2 from 1805 and extended the bottom edge by 1 1/2".

I have allowed a 1/2" seam for the drop waist because pleats can get a bit bulky and you don't want the seam to fray after doing all the pleating

I have also stitched the lining over the waist seam to give it a nice neat look inside.

American Girl Doll clothes

Making the dress with the vest pattern means that it can be used as a jumper dress with a blouse underneath but it still looks good with no blouse.

American Girl Doll clothes


Instructions with lots of steps to explain how to pin and press the pleats.


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Happy Sewing,
Val