Meg's Ball Gown 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Meg's Ball Gown, is the fourth pattern in Keeper's Dolly Duds “Little Women” series.

This elegantly detailed 1860s era ball gown features a full skirt with two decorative panel inserts. The off-shoulder neckline is finished with a free standing Bertha collar that is lavishly trimmed in lace. It also features short cuffed full sleeves. The bodice front has vertical detailing that draws emphasis to the waistline, giving it a narrower appearance. The dress closes in the back with five button loops.

To get the 1860s bell shape, the featured dress was worn over the crinoline found in Thimbles and Acorns Unmentionables pattern.

Pair this dress with Keeper's Dolly Duds “Hooded Cloak” to keep off the night chill while traveling to and from the ball!

This PDF sewing pattern by Keepers Dolly Duds is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.


Suggested Fabrics: Dress in light to medium weight Shantung silk, silk dupioni, satin, crepeback satin, cotton sateen, or quilting cotton. Not suitable for knits.


Supplies Needed:
  • Dress ~ 3/4 yard 45” wide fabric

  • Thread
  • Five 1/4” buttons
  • 1/3 yard of 3/4” wide ribbon
  • Three yards of 3/8” - 5/8” wide flat lace with a finished header
  • 5” x 4” piece of lightweight fusible interfacing

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Iron and pressing tools
  • Ruler
  • Tube turner for turning the collar
  • Point turner or blunt needle

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    What You Get: One 23 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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    The instructions were relatively easy to follow. The dress turned out beautiful.

    Lil W.
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    Meg's Ball Gown

    This pattern is beautiful! aleksandrajones has great patterns!

    Michele G.
    Canada Canada

    Meg's Ballgown

    I was waiting for this one and I was not disappointed. The dress is just stunning and the pattern very clear to follow. Not quite a project for beginners though as it does present a few challenges. I am sure a more experienced person would have no difficulty. I found the major challenges to be choosing the right lace and tackling the button loops at the back - but I think hooks and eyes would work quite well.

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