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. Ann Bates

    Thanks Liesel!!!

  2. 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. Lisa

    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. Alice S

    So cute! Thank you!

  5. 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. Hollie

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

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

  8. 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. Melissa

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

  10. Jennifer

    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. emily

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

  12. 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. 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. mindy t

    Would Love more!!

  15. Yes, please !

  16. heidi

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

  19. 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. Kimberly

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

  21. Jean

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

  22. yes please I would love more of the doll patterns.

  23. Sharon

    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. 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. Becky

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

  26. AJ

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

  27. 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. 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. Sandi

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

  30. Ella

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

  31. Yes, there is interest! πŸ™‚

  32. heather

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

  33. emily

    thanks for this!

  34. Jennifer

    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. Michele

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

  36. 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. nicole

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

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

  39. sue

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

  40. 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. 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. Dana

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

  43. Ellen

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

  46. 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. 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. clairek

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

  49. Kristin

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

  50. Beth

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

  51. Katherine

    Yes please! More doll patterns!

  52. Sheilah

    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. Kat

    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. Candi

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

  55. Beth

    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. Camilla

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

  57. Cheryl

    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. 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. Elise

    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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. peggy davis

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

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

  68. Jen

    I would love to see more doll patterns!

  69. yes please! More doll patterns!

  70. Venia

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

  71. Lori

    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. Tomi

    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. Stacey

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

  75. Lucinda

    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. Deb

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

    1. 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. 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. Debbie

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

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

  80. Jeannette

    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. Jenna

    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. 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. Jenna

    Thanks so much, really appreciate your help.

  83. TLL

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

  84. Tiffany

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

  85. Bobbie Hofmister

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

  86. Lee

    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. 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. joeclyne

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

  89. Robin

    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. 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. 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. Evelyn

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

    1. Yes, you may do that.

  93. 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

  94. KALYEE


  95. Debbie Tucker

    Thanks for the cute pattern. I would love more

  96. Juanita Gutbrod

    Thank you for sharing for free. I will be making some of these for the Ronald McDoland House in Milwaukee. Thanks again!

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