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Free Pattern Dropped-Waist Dress
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Free dropped-waist dress pattern for American Girl Dolls
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free dropped-waist dress patternFree Pattern and Sewing Challenge:

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Directions and Pattern Pieces

Sewing Challenge:

In 2002 we put this dropped-waist pattern out as a sewing challenge to our website visitors. It was a challenge to see how many variations people could make from the pattern. A number of website visitors took the challenge and sewed the dress with their own unique touches. Just look at all the variations:

Laura Ciampa's Easter Dress

Laura remembered how special a dropped-waist Easter Dress was to her as a child and used the memory for inspiration for this beautiful dress.

Ruth's Pollyanna Dress

Pollyanna gownRuth Graber used the Challenge to make dresses like Pollyanna's dress in the Walt Disney Pollyanna movie.

Michele, Allison's Anne of Green Gable

Michele, AllisonMichele Hick's daughter Allison designed this party dress for Anne of Green Gables and Michele did the sewing.

Michele, Allison's Holiday Dress

Michele, AllisonWorking as a team again, Allison Hicks did the designing for this Holiday Dress for Samantha and her mother Michele sewed the design.


Valorie's Star-Spangled Dress

ValorieValorie Tresnor made this dress for her neighbor Lauren and they all went to an ice cream social sponsored by the Pleasant Company.

Jen's Fall Dress

Jen's fall dressJen Hassler made this fall dress for her daughter for her Birthday.

Linda's Ribbon and Flower Accent

LindaLinda Jeske made the dropped-waist dress from a flowered print and added a ribbon and bow.

Heather's Christmas Dress

HeaherHeather Pollock sewed this sparkling Christmas Dress for her cousin's Molly doll.

Nancy, Diane's Embroidered Collar Dress

Nancy, dianeMother and daughter, Nancy and Diane Hasting, made this embroidered collar dress together.

Free Pattern Response
Nancy's Dress With Applied Flower

Nancy Morey's Hint: Cut the collar and collar facing after sewing them together with pinking shears instead of clipping the edges.

Sandra's Rounded Collar Dress

Sandra McCormick changed the collar into a large split rounded collar.

Free Pattern Response
Nancy's Spider Web Netting Dress

Nancy Philbrook used orange cotton with spider web netting overlaid on the collar and skirt.

Katie's Polka-Dot Dress

Katie sewed a cotton polka-dot dress adorned with a red rose.

Free Pattern Response
Samantha's Decorative Stitch Collar Dress

Samantha used a decorative stitch on her sewing machine for the collar and made shoes to match.

Joanne's Loop Tape Collar Dress

Joanne McTernan shortened the sleeves and used loop tape and a pretty flower for trim on the collar.


Free Pattern Response
Rebecca's Old-fashioned Dress

Rebecca Henning made these matching child and doll dresses in the style of Nan Harper, a survivor of the Titanic.


Nancy Schultz's Dress for Katie

Katie loves Gina dressed in her new dress with contrasted cuffs and waist band.

Memorial Day Dress by Cindy

Cindy Henry Macedon came up with a better way to put the bias tape trim on the collar of her Memorial Day Dress.

Jozel's Daisy and Lace-Trimmed Collar Dress

Jozel Watson's collar is trimmed with daisies and lace; the sleeves and hem are also edged in lace.

Julia's Smocked Dress

Julia Meadows designed this dress which features smocking on the skirt and sleeves and scallop embroidery around the collar.

Carol's Embroidered Collar Dress

Carol Dale made this dress modeled by a Daisy Kingdom Doll.

Broadcloth Dress with Pintucks

broadcloth with pintucksPintucks and an embroidered flower on the collar make this dress special for a dressy occasion.

Middy Braid Dress

middy braidThis dress uses middy braid instead of self-bias trim on the collar.

Larger Self-Bias Trim Dress

larger self-bias trimThe self-bias trim on this dress is larger and closer to the edge of the collar.

Whimsical Frogs Dress

whimsical frogs The collar was omitted on this dress but many accessories were added.

Model for dropped-waist pattern is a Dress Me Doll© from The Martha Pullen Company.

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