I made 2 really cute dresses for my daughters' friend's birthday. They are made to fit an American Girl doll or any other 18" doll. The pattern is Butterick 5553, a See & Sew pattern.
The one on the left is made with some block printed fabric I bought in India. It has been languishing in my stash for years and I have been looking for a suitable pattern. Who knew it would be so cute on a doll? I omitted the yoke pieces and cut the front and back from the lining pieces. Yes, the bodice is lined on a doll's dress! The hem band was made from the border on the fabric. Indian fabrics typically have a fancy border which will be used to dress up necklines and sleeve hems.
The dress on the right uses a cotton with purple, pink & red flowers and a matching purple cotton for the contrast yoke and hem band.
For both dresses, I used sew on snaps rather than velcro for the back closure.
They were so cute, I almost hated to give them away.