popover doll dress: free downloadable pattern

At this time last year, we released our Popover Sundress sewing pattern as a free download.

Shortly after that, S asked me to make a Popover Sundress for her favorite doll, Samantha, to match a dress that she was wearing at the time. I scaled the pattern down to fit an 18 inch doll, made Samantha’s dress, and promptly forgot about the doll-sized pattern.

Last week I was going through some files and came across the pattern again. We thought there might be other little girls who would enjoy having a matching Popover Sundress for their favorite doll, so we’re making the pattern available as a free download.

Like the original sewing pattern, this is a simple and quick item to sew. It uses the same construction method as the full-sized dress, so you’ll also need to download the instructions for that version in order to sew the doll dress.

Finding this pattern reminded me that I’ve made a few other Oliver + S styles in 18 inch doll size for S over the years. If there’s enough interest, we’ll make some of those patterns available as free downloads in the future.


  1. August 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm Link
    Ann Bates

    Thanks Liesel!!!

  2. August 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm Link

    I would love to see the others done in free downloads as well. We love your patterns and the kids are always asking for matching doll dresses!

  3. August 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm Link

    Thanks so much! I would love more patterns for dolls – DD would get a kick out of more matching outfits for her “babies” πŸ™‚

  4. August 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm Link
    Alice S

    So cute! Thank you!

  5. August 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm Link

    This is adorable, Liesl, and yes (did you even have to ask) we would love mini-O+S patterns! Love the props for the photos, too! πŸ˜‰

  6. August 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm Link

    Yes, please more 18 inch doll clothes. And free…even better!

  7. August 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm Link

    Thank you so much! This will be a fun for a Christmas surprise for my daughter.

  8. August 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm Link

    this is a adorable – thanks! we’d love more too – i have tried making some doll clothes, but some patterns would be very welcome.

  9. August 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm Link

    This is Wonderful! My girls are going to enjoy it so much!

  10. August 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm Link

    Thanks for the pattern. My daughter and friends play with their doll all the time. She is always wanting new doll clothes. Would be a great way to use all my leftover material.

  11. August 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm Link

    YES!! I would be completely interested in other patterns for dolls!! Thanks so much for this one…time to get started!! πŸ™‚

  12. August 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm Link
    Ana Sofia (ASM)

    Thanks!! This should be so easy and fast to make!!!
    And Yes, I(my daugther) would love more… (Is is possible not to be interested in “any” O+S pattern?)

  13. August 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm Link

    Add me to the list of people who love this! I tried resizing the Ice Cream Dress for my daughter’s doll a few weeks ago (link here http://bybido.blogspot.com/2010/07/doll-for-my-oldest.html ), but I know it’s not to scale. I would love to have the true doll-sized version of this and other outfits!

  14. August 3, 2010 at 6:53 pm Link
    mindy t

    Would Love more!!

  15. August 3, 2010 at 8:26 pm Link

    Yes, please !

  16. August 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm Link

    OOOH! Would love more 18in doll patterns. My daughter loves to match her american girl doll and I love to sew Oliver + S patterns! It would be a match made in heaven πŸ™‚

  17. August 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm Link

    How neat! I just had a look at the fabulous Ice Cream Social doll’s dress over at Bybido and I’m sure my daughter would love doll’s clothes that match some of you patterns I’ve already made. She’s getting an American Girl doll from her aunt and uncle for her birthday next week and I think matching outfits would clinch the deal πŸ™‚ So yes please please please on more doll’s clothes patterns!

  18. August 3, 2010 at 11:25 pm Link

    Thank you so much. I can’t wait to try both patterns. I’m sure my daughter will love them.

  19. August 4, 2010 at 12:10 am Link

    It’s just as hard to find stylish doll clothes to sew as it is stylish little girl clothes! I’d love it if you released doll sized versions!

  20. August 4, 2010 at 12:17 am Link

    Thank you so much! And yes, yes! How my little one would love more matching outfits.

  21. August 4, 2010 at 1:25 am Link

    We would love some 18″ doll patterns around here! That would be great!

  22. August 4, 2010 at 3:29 am Link

    yes please I would love more of the doll patterns.

  23. August 4, 2010 at 7:34 am Link

    This is fabulous. And yes yes yes to more Having the same little dresses to coordinate with what my little girls are wearing would thrill them.

  24. August 4, 2010 at 8:52 am Link
    Ann in PA

    Can’t wait to make this for my niece and her doll! She will love the matching dresses. Would love to see more matching patterns.

  25. August 4, 2010 at 9:02 am Link

    How wonderful – my girls are going to love it! I would love to see more 18″ doll patterns. Thank you!!!

  26. August 4, 2010 at 11:18 am Link

    thank you ever so much! we are always happy to have patterns for our ever growing collection of AG dolls!

  27. August 4, 2010 at 11:49 am Link
    Jessica C

    OMG OMG I have been waiting for this forever!!! My daughter has two american girl dolls and a Pottery Barn 18′ doll, I am so excited!

  28. August 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm Link

    Thanks so much! I have a little friend who was just telling me about all the clothes she needs for her little doll. I promptly found a few free patterns online and sewed them up for her. She will be so happy to have a matching outfit though!

  29. August 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm Link

    Thank you, Liesl!!! Yes PLEASE share the others. I know my daughter would love to have matching outfits for her doll!

  30. August 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm Link

    This is lovely! Thanks so much for making the pattern available! πŸ™‚

  31. August 5, 2010 at 1:32 am Link

    Yes, there is interest! πŸ™‚

  32. August 5, 2010 at 8:31 am Link

    would love to see more doll patterns! thank you so much for this one!!

  33. August 5, 2010 at 9:09 am Link

    thanks for this!

  34. August 5, 2010 at 1:57 pm Link

    thanks so much! My daughter has samantha too and I like to make things for both of them….and Felicity and Bitty baby Elizabeth. Its like having 4 daughters! :0)

  35. August 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm Link

    Very cute! I would also love to see more doll-sized versions of your adorable O+S designs – thanks!

  36. August 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm Link

    Thank you for this! I have a daughter who also loves to dress like her American Girl doll.. we have Kit.. I have tried to make my own versions of the sailboat skirt, birthday party dress and the puppet show dress… at her behest the outfits always represent the style, and fabric that I used for her dress, but never the great fit, and finishing that you work into your patterns. I would lovE loVE LOVE to have 18 inch doll patterns included, or even a dolly’s wardrobe pattern collection to purchase separately.

  37. August 6, 2010 at 4:40 am Link

    thanks!! I really needed a pattern for this weekend- BINGO!

  38. August 6, 2010 at 10:08 am Link

    Thank you ! It’s very cute, I will make matching dresses… will you make it in adult sizes as well ?

  39. August 7, 2010 at 8:56 am Link

    Hello and Thank You for this pattern….
    Love, love!

  40. August 7, 2010 at 11:13 am Link

    Fabulous! I have extra fabric from my daughter’s popover dress that is just waiting for a project like this. I’d definitely be interested in more doll patterns!

  41. August 8, 2010 at 11:20 am Link

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I love the popover dress. My daughter loves it. And now to be able to make it for her doll? Wonderful! Please make more doll patterns. I am very interested.

  42. August 8, 2010 at 10:11 pm Link

    I love this! Thanks! I would love to have more doll dresses!

  43. August 9, 2010 at 12:09 am Link

    Yes, yes please. I was looking at the birthday party dress and trying to figure it out how I could scale it down for a bear.

    What a great idea!

  44. August 9, 2010 at 9:26 am Link

    As a Boutique Sewer (still getting this off the ground), I would love to have the doll-size patterns! Since I started as a doll dress sewist, this would fit in very well!!!

  45. August 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm Link

    That is so, so cute! Thanks so much for the fantastic pattern! I’ll be linking to this.

  46. August 10, 2010 at 12:40 am Link

    I just found this via One Pretty Thing. I’m now following your blog so I can see the soon-to-be-released doll pattern collection! (Hint, hint.)

    Thanks so much. I think I’ll surprise my daughter with matching dresses for her and her dolls. πŸ™‚

  47. August 10, 2010 at 8:36 am Link

    Love this! Thanks! Our little girl insists that her doll have matching dresses. This pattern doesn’t have pleats like the one I’ve been using, should go together much faster!

  48. August 10, 2010 at 9:27 am Link

    merci pour tous vos free!!!
    thanks for all free!!!!
    good luck

  49. August 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm Link

    Great pattern, thank you so much, I would love other doll patterns also!

  50. August 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm Link

    Thank you very much! This will be a perfect gift for my 2 daughters birthdays!

  51. August 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm Link

    Yes please! More doll patterns!

  52. August 11, 2010 at 2:29 pm Link

    Thank you sooo much for the pattern! I would LOVE to see more of your ideas as free downloads! I have already cut out this pattern to make the dress for my g-daughter’s 5th birthday! She loves dressing up her doll! Thanks again! Sheilah

  53. August 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm Link

    I made this for my neighbor’s birthday and it was definitely the easiest and the cutest of the doll clothes I sewed for her. Thanks for the free download.

  54. August 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm Link

    This was so fun to make. We love out new dress and even added the lace as suggested. It came out darling!

  55. August 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm Link

    Love, love, love this dress and the doll pattern (thanks for making it available for free!). I have to ask, where did you find the fabric for this one, adorable!

  56. August 16, 2010 at 9:05 am Link

    Thank you so much! And yes please, more doll clothes patterns would be just great.

  57. August 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm Link

    I have made a few AG size patterns after making the child size. The pictures are on flickr! The lase one was the birthday party dress- it took about four or five revisions to get it right!

  58. August 17, 2010 at 10:06 am Link

    Thank you so much! I was just thinking about sizing down the popover dress for my daughter’s dolls but you did all the work for us. =) Would love to see more doll outfits in your adorable styles!

  59. August 17, 2010 at 11:57 am Link

    I am so, so excited to make this! My daughter would really like some clothes for her doll that match hers! I hope you can make those other patterns available! I am so used to sewing with your patterns that when I try other brands, I become VERY FRUSTRATED! Thank you!

  60. August 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm Link
    Nancy Pultorak

    Thank you very much, this is perfect! Just this past weekend my grandaughter asked me to make her and her doll matching dresses. I would love to have more AG doll patterns.

  61. August 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm Link

    Oh my goodness! Please, please, please make more doll patterns! It’s so hard to find sewing patterns for them that are actually modern and lovely.

  62. August 29, 2010 at 3:15 pm Link
    Shannon H

    Thank you for sharing this!! I love all your patterns and would love to be able to make matching dresses for my girls with your other patterns.

  63. August 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm Link
    Granny Sandy

    WOW !
    How KIND of you to do this for us patterns are so expensive now an it is a real pleasure to be able to get one like this.
    Hugs,Granny Sandy

  64. October 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm Link
    Heather J.

    Add mine to the many voices asking for more doll patterns. My daughter just got her first 18in. doll, and we would love to make some clothes for her!

  65. October 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm Link
    peggy davis

    Thank you for making this pattern available, my grand daughter and her friends will be so thrilled. Granma Peggy

  66. November 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm Link
    Tamara K

    The doll clothes idea is fabulous. I’m doing just this for my miss 8 who wants to learn to sew. Only trouble is her doll is 20 inches not 18 inches so the patterns have to be scaled up further. Great way to teach the basics to girls who are ready to start.

  67. November 15, 2010 at 12:15 am Link

    Thanks for posting – I’d love to see more patterns!! πŸ™‚ i can’t wait to try this one out!

  68. November 21, 2010 at 7:23 am Link

    I would love to see more doll patterns!

  69. November 26, 2010 at 10:30 am Link

    yes please! More doll patterns!

  70. January 9, 2011 at 11:16 pm Link

    Thank you so much! What an adorable dress, my daughter will love to add it to her Lila’s wardrobe!

  71. February 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm Link

    Thank you for this pattern. It is so adorable for the doll. I used scrap fabric I had already to make the first one and I can’t wait to go out and get some fabric to make matching dresses for my girl and her doll! Thanks!

    If you see this I have one question. My printer wanted to shrink the scale of the page when it printed. So I’m not sure if I have the right scale for the pattern. I was wondering if you can you tell me how long the straps should be so I can see if I’m doing things right or not. TIA πŸ™‚

  72. March 26, 2011 at 12:28 am Link

    Yes please! I’m teaching our little loves to be practiacally skilled homemakers and independant bachelors, any little thing to inspire them inspires our home! Thank you for your work!

  73. April 8, 2011 at 9:08 am Link

    Thanks for this pattern – I hope you will share more with us. I have to make a dress for Lillie’s doll everytime I make her a dress.

  74. May 5, 2011 at 9:48 am Link

    I love this. thanks…would love to see more doll patterns!

  75. June 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm Link

    Oh, this is wonderful! My daughter’s birthday is next week and I was deliberating what AG doll outfit to next blow a bundle on . . . but this is SO much better! Perfect timing + perfect pattern = one very happy mom:) Thanks so much for sharing this and I look forward to any doll patterns you may bless us with in the future:)

  76. June 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm Link

    Can the clothes that are made from your patterns be sold online or at craft fairs. thanks

    1. June 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm Link

      You can see the terms under which they can be sold by visiting the Boutique Sewer Page on our website: http://www.oliverands.com/boutique/

  77. June 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm Link
    Christine Gibbons

    Just cut out 4 of the popover dress (doll)for my grand daughters. They are going to love them. Hoping you will add more of your designs in the future.

    Thanks Sew Much

  78. June 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm Link

    Love the popover sundress pattern for the dolls. It would be great if you had more doll size patterns. Debbie in Ks

  79. July 26, 2011 at 11:17 am Link

    Fabulous to have a free doll pattern! Hope you’ll do many more!

  80. August 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm Link

    Made your size 8 girls dress as a gift for a young girl in Haiti with my eight year old. As a reminder and surprise gift I am making one of these out of the same fabrics for her American Girl dolls, not sure who will wear it, Kit or Kirstin. Thank you for sharing these patterns!

  81. September 17, 2011 at 11:50 am Link

    OK I know I’m probably a dumb dumb for asking, but I printed the pattern out at 100%, but wondering what percentage do I print it out to make AG size? Thanks! So cute. Can’t wait to make this.

    1. September 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm Link

      You’ll have much better luck if you download this new file which contains both patterns: http://www.oliverands.com/downloads/Oliver+SPopoverCountryFair.pdf

  82. September 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm Link

    Thanks so much, really appreciate your help.

  83. September 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm Link

    Thank you for this pattern. I just finish making two of these. They came out cute and will make great birthday presents.

  84. November 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm Link

    Thanks! This is gonna be so cute to make for my daughters dolls.

  85. November 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm Link
    Bobbie Hofmister

    Thank you for the dress pattern, I would love to have any 18″doll crafts or patterns. Thanks again for sharing.

  86. December 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm Link

    I would LOVE to see more free pattern downloads for the 18″ dolls. i’m giving my daughter one for Christmas and I’m sure she’ll be wanting a full and ever changing wardrobe to go with it!!
    Thanks for this pattern free download

  87. December 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm Link
    Marge D

    I have just discovered your free pattern for the American Girl Popover Sundress. Thank you very much. I will be making two of them for my granddaughters and would love to see additional patterns when they become available.

  88. January 20, 2012 at 12:39 am Link

    je t’envoie un site trΓ¨s sympa
    il y a des patrons pour faire des robes de poupΓ©e

  89. February 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm Link

    I just found your pattern for the doll sized popover dress…..can’t wait to make a few!!! I had a thought while looking over the pattern and instructions……if I shorten it, it can be a top!!! And by making it in different lengths, it could be a shorter top with shorts or a skirt for summer time, a bit longer it could be worn with capris or leggings, and even as a dress it could be shortened or lenghtened (if you use lace or a contrasting ruffle on the bottom!). And if it’s shorter, like a tunic lenght, it could be paired with a t-shirt or wider strapped tank and layered….. This is such a great find for me!!! Thank you so much!!! I love having patterns I can play with to make new clothes for my friends daughters dolls since my daughter has out grown her 18 inch doll. If you ever put more free patterns up, I’d love to get them! Clothes for the dolls are so expensive, and while there are other patterns out there, they too can get expensive unless you get creative and find ways to alter the patterns yourself to create mutiple styles out of one pattern. I really appreciate your generosity in offering a free pattern! This one will keep me going for ages now! Have quite a few fat quarters sitting here with nothing to do…now they’ll be cute doll dresses and tops!!!! THANKS!

  90. March 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm Link

    Hi, there:
    I simply love your doll outfit. I started making doll clothes too and I have posted a few of them in my blog. You can check out my blog if you like, it is: http://www.mugwaii.blogspot.com
    Thank you for the pattern. I will try it out and see if it works for my doll.

  91. November 1, 2013 at 9:47 pm Link
    Ann Van Doren

    Thank you for the free pattern! I’d love to see more oliver + s doll patterns. I resized your Family Reunion pattern for my grand daughter’s doll and I think it turned out pretty cute…


  92. August 13, 2014 at 7:32 am Link

    Can I copy the pattern and teach it to a group of ladies?

    1. August 13, 2014 at 11:36 am Link

      Yes, you may do that.

  93. June 22, 2015 at 3:34 am Link

    Hi Just found your beautiful doll dress pattern and would love to have a copy of it. How do I download a copy? Thanks, Norma

    1. June 22, 2015 at 7:43 am Link
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