The design of this dress was inspired by the puffy dress by the brand Selkie. When I saw that style online, I thought this would look cute on American Girl Dolls. And I was right, it was an instant hit when I started selling puffy dresses in my Etsy store.
The dress comes in two versions: short puffed sleeves and long puffed sleeves. Both versions of the sleeves have their own interesting twist. These are some of the styles I made using this pattern which can be found in this link - Puffy Dress Pattern for 18-inch Dolls
Chiffon Puffy Dress
This dress is made from fabric which gives it a fancy vibe. I lined the sleeves with organza and I think it gives it a natural puff. I also lined the skirt with a thin polyester type of fabric to give it a nice drape. I love how it turned out and this dress immediately sold out in my shop. I seldom make chiffon dresses but when I do, they are always the first one to go.
This dress below on Joss is the long sleeves version. I used a poplin cotton fabric on this one and it was very easy to sew. The sleeves are ruched not by using elastic thread but by using actual elastic and they are so much easier, almost a foolproof way of shirring sleeves. Everything is illustrated in the pattern on how to do it.
One of the popular designs on the Selkie Dresses had sunflower prints on them. So I knew I had to make puffy dresses with that floral prints. I ended up releasing three sunflower puffy dresses in my shop. They were all made of woven cotton fabric and they all look so cute, my customers loved them. This dress below modeled by Kira is my favorite so it ended up on the cover of my pattern.
And here are more photos of the puffy dress to inspire you. They are all made from woven cotton fabric.
Above is a photo of Nanea in a vintage inspired print fabric. I have always loved beautiful floral prints and I used them in all these puffy dresses that I made. The one main feature of this dress is the square neckline which is simple but it actually gives it that wow factor.
Below is Grace wearing the long sleeves version. This is made from calico fabric that I found at Joann.
This was such a fun pattern, I can say it was one of my favorites. You can find the pattern on this link - Puffy Dress for 18-inch Dolls.