Nanea’s Pearl Harbor Dress


Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  Although Nanea’s book was not super engaging for me as an adult, the event did play an important part in her life, and marked the beginning of WWII for the US.  See more here from

This pattern is actually from 1944, which is a little late for Nanea’s time, but similar versions of what makes it unique (the pointy yoke) can be found in commercial patterns from both earlier and later.  This one seems to only have been available in sizes for toddlers.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because I feel AG bodies are very well suited to those styles, but if you want to make something similar for a smaller size doll, check out this post which has something similar but a little easier for Sasha and Hearts for Hearts sizes.

Get the pattern here

17 responses »

  1. I’ve often thought that AG dolls have toddler proportions rather than the young girls they’re supposed to be portraying. Their short, rounded limbs, hands and feet and chunky bodies don’t really look like typical 8-10 year olds, even taking into account the fact that doll heads are normally larger than real life and doll arms are usually shorter than normal proportions.

    Perhaps Pleasant Rowland actually chose a toddler doll from Gotz when she used Gotz’s moulds for her brand new AG dolls.

  2. This is a very pretty dress! I love how you show the inspiration picture! You achieved a perfect version of it, but it looks a little more grown up, perfect for Nanea! Thank you for sharing this pattern, as usual!

  3. Hi Jen, Thank you for remembering Pearl Harbor Day with this lovely gift to your subscribers! Your Pearl Harbor Dress is really adorable! I think the pointed yoke along with the slightly expanded bottom line of the dress at the side seams make an eye-catching combination that is child-like, yet fashion conscious. Your beautiful eye for color combinations make the colors pop very nicely. –Although I am not old enough to have lived through the horrific original day that you are commemorating, I did spend part of my childhood living in Hawaii and Pearl City where those events occurred. Living on a military base, (ironically during the Vietnam Conflict), we were surrounded with reminders of WWI on a daily basis, including actual bullet holes in the walls of buildings and the skeletons of the huge ships buried in Pearl Harbor. This day was always a truly somber event, with many memorials, prayer vigils and parades. People would tell their stories which were so gruesome as to seem more like fictional horror stories than tragic reality. The sense of community and patriotic spirit were very strong, and it made us all realize the importance of remembering historical events so that we can hopefully prevent them from ever reoccurring. There is something so endearing about using fashion designs and fabric pattern styles to help young people learn history in non-confrontational ways. Historical garments are a great jumping off point for teaching history. Fashion can remind us that even in bleak historical moments, there is beauty and normalcy that tie people to a specific time and place and a love for things that are beautiful and good. Once again, your garment design has touched my heart. Thank you for this lovely gift. God bless you!

  4. I love this dress, the fabric is just beautiful. Another splendid design from you. Thanks, for doing what you do.

  5. Jen, I just wanted to say that this is one of your prettier interpretations!

    I did receive your Thanksgiving email. Thank you very much. I supported you because you deserved to be supported against that unfortunate attack against your project.

    I will be making a donation to your designated charity.


    Julie Woodbury

  6. I really like this dress! Thank you for sharing the pattern with us and the history. Way cute! I can’t wait to get some of your Nanea patterns made. (perhaps once I’m done with this semester of school? and Christmas…)

  7. Ohhh, love this cute dress pattern and it will be a fun challenge to try with the bodice points and gathers once I get all my required Christmas gifts sewn! Thanks so much, Jen.

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