Designing for Dolls: A-Line Dress Pattern

Altering a basic bodice can be easy!

I can’t always find just the right pattern for the doll outfit I’m planning to make, so. I make almost all of my own patterns. It’s a lot of trial and error, but it’s also fun. I feel like a real fashion designer 🙂

This photo shows Josefina’s nightgown with a narrow a-line shape.

American Girl Doll dress

This photo shows Caroline’s nightgown with a wider a-line shape.

American Girl Doll dress

Once you have the basic pieces, you can use those as a foundation to make anything you want.

Here I will show you how to take a bodice and use it to make an a-line dress. This is one of the first dresses I ever learned to sew – I mean when I was in school when they used to teach sewing (do they still?)

For purposes of this tutorial, I am using a Liberty Jane Trendy T-Shirt bodice back. Use any basic bodice that you already have.

American Girl Doll dress

First, trace around the neck line, shoulder and armscye  (arm hole) of your bodice.American Girl Doll dress

Determine the angle you want your dress to be. The closer to the bodice, the narrower, like Josefina’s in the photo above. Alternately, the further away from the bodice you draw your line, the fuller the dress will be (see Caroline’s photo).American Girl Doll dress
Draw a line from the arm across the bodice (solid purple line seen here)

American Girl Doll dress

Determine the length of the dress and draw another line at that point (solid line at the bottom shown here). Measure the distance between the two solid lines; this will be your new side seam. The lines here show a narrower width at 7-1/2″ and a fuller width at 8″. You will use this same measurement for the front of the bodice.

American Girl Doll dress
I hope the pictures help you. Will you try your own pattern  making? I would love to see what you do!


2 thoughts on “Designing for Dolls: A-Line Dress Pattern

  1. Ya lo dijo el otro, Aragón es Zaragoza, y sus intereses, y el resto para turismo rural y estaciones de esquí. El esquí se acaba en menos de 10 años, y el turismo rural, si se cargan el valle… pues eso, a otros valles. Como casi siempre la montaña está para que la exploten los de fuera, pantanos, canales, aramones, y los montañeses, coiptarartndas.


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