Peggy Sue: Find Your Inner Retro Fashionista with this 1950s-inspired Doll Pattern!

Hey there, fellow doll fashion enthusiasts! Are you ready to take a trip back in time and dress up your 18-inch dolls in some seriously stylish threads? Well, look no further than the Peggy Sue pattern by Genniewren Designs. This fabulous pattern is all about capturing the charm and elegance of the 1950s, with its accordion-pleated skirt and bonus Dolman-sleeved top. But here’s the best part: it’s not just a blast from the past, it’s a versatile design that lets you create fashionable ensembles fit for any era. So, buckle up and let’s dive into the wonderful world of the Peggy Sue pattern!

Accordion-Pleated Skirt:
Prepare to be wowed by the centerpiece of this pattern – the accordion-pleated skirt. It’s like a little slice of vintage heaven for your doll’s wardrobe. With its elasticized waistline, it’s a forgiving fit for most popular soft-bodied 18″ dolls, accommodating up to 12¾” hips. And let’s not forget about those accordion-style pleats! Once you press and edge stitch them, they stay crisp and fresh, making sure your doll is always dressed to impress.

Versatile Fabric Options:
Now, let’s talk fabric, shall we? The Peggy Sue pattern is all about giving you options. The skirt is designed for woven fabrics, which means you can go wild with different prints and textures. And here’s the cherry on top: the shorter version of the skirt can be made using just a Fat Quarter (18″ x 22″) of fabric. Talk about being resourceful and budget-friendly!

Bonus Dolman-Sleeved Top:
But wait, there’s more! The Peggy Sue pattern also includes a bonus Dolman-sleeved top that will make your doll’s heart skip a beat. This little gem is designed for knit fabrics, giving your doll a comfy and stylish choice. With its center-back closure, three-quarter-length sleeves, and bound neckline, this top screams classic elegance. It’s the perfect match for the accordion-pleated skirt!

Creative Finishing Touches:
Now, let’s add some pizzazz to this already fabulous ensemble. The Peggy Sue pattern provides instructions for adding a wide ribbon or elastic belt. You can create an authentic and stylish touch by making an elasticized belt from fold-over elastic and paracord clips. But hey, if you’re feeling extra creative, why not use ribbon and a buckle to make a one-of-a-kind belt? The choice is yours, my friend!


In a nutshell, the Peggy Sue pattern by Genniewren Designs is a sewing dream come true for all you retro-loving fashionistas out there. It’s got that 1950s flair with a modern twist, thanks to its accordion-pleated skirt and Dolman-sleeved top. Your 18-inch dolls will always be dressed to the nines, thanks to the forgiving fit, versatile fabric options, and creative finishing touches this pattern offers. So, don’t miss out on the chance to add a touch of retro elegance to your doll’s wardrobe. Get your hands on the Peggy Sue pattern and let your inner fashionista shine!  You can purchase the pattern here.