How to Sew Halter Dress for you American Girl Dolls -18 inch doll clothes patterns


Halter style dress looks gorgeous on AG dolls because it accentuates their shoulders while covering the neck at the same time . Despite the fact that the seam between the arms and shoulders of the doll’s body shows up in this style, it still became popular and accepted among AG lovers.

In this tutorial, I used a cotton floral fabric that I found on Joanns. This also has the potential to be a perfect holiday outfit just by using fancy fabric like satin, chiffon, organza and sequined fabric.

1.Cut the main fabric and lining pieces using our halter dress pattern. You can download the halter dress pattern below.

Download Halter Dress Pattern here.

2. With right sides together, sew the main fabric and lining pieces together.


3. Turn the fabric pieces to the right side. Then sew the front bodice and back bodices together on the sides.

4. Now that the bodice is done, start working on the strap for the neckline.

4. Pin the strap on both sides as pictured above. Then fold over together and pin to hold. Sew on both edges to finish the strap.

5.Sew the strap on the top part of the bodice as indicated in the photo above. The bodice is now finished, set it aside and start working on the skirt part.

5. Cut the skirt pattern pieces using the measurements in the pattern.

Sew two rows of basting stitches on the skirt pieces. Gather the longest piece until it’s the same width as the other piece of the skirt.

6. With right sides together, sew the gathered skirt piece on the lower part of the other skirt piece . Serge or zigzag the seam then topstitch to keep the gathers in place.

7. Gather the finished skirt piece until it’s the same width as the bodice. And then with right sides together, sew the bodice to the skirt piece.

8. The dress is almost done. At this point, you can add trim on the waist part if you wish to. I used a 1/4 inch wide crochet trim that I found on hobby lobby.

9. With right sides together, sew the back seam on the skirt part about an inch below the waistline. This time, sew at 3/8 inch seam allowance.

10. Sew the velcro on the back bodice to finish the dress. I used a 1 inch velcro and cut it in half.

11. This is the finished halter dress and it looks amazing. Start experimenting with different types of fabric to personalize your own doll’s style.

For this project, I worked with Madeline of @americangirlashlyn at Instagram for all these amazing photos.