I took some pictures to share a tutorial. All of the seams are enclosed so that it will hold up to washing when it gets dirty the first day it is made.
The dresses that come with these dolls are always so poorly made that they fall apart. Also, this dress is very basic, so it can be easily embellished.
I took pictures of the process and made a pdf pattern available for free download, too!
If you would like a fuller skirt, you can use a longer piece of fabric for the skirt.Start by sewing the shoulders together for the front and back pieces.
You could use a contrasting fabric for the lining if you prefer. The only thing you are not stitching together is the bottoms and the sides under the arms. Clip the corners on an angle, too, so they get sharp and crisp-looking when you flip it. Flip right side out and press really well.
You can also topstitch close to the edge around the neckline.
Next, open up the sides, line up the seams, and sew right sides together.
I hope this isn't too hard to understand.
You are sewing it so that the seams are inside the bodice. Sew two parallel lines close to the top edge with the longest stitch length on your machine. Line the pins up with the side seams and center of the front bodice. Then, fold the lining under on the inside so that it covers the seam and raw edges. If you fold it under too much it won't work. Topstitch on the right side just above the waistline- about 1/8" or less. If you did it right, it should hold everything in place on the inside, too. Now, if you have an overlock machine, you can just pin the gathered skirt to both the outside and the lining, then overlock over the waistline to finish it. Cut two small, 1/4" wide pieces of velcro and stitch them to the top of the bodice- one on the outside and one on the inside. Then, line everything up, overlap, and stitch the edges of the skirt together. Leave the top inch or so open so that it goes onto the doll easily.
I also continued the stitching line on the top of the skirt so that there wouldn't be a gap in my stitches (since my thread didn't match). This is a very basic dress so you can embellish it if you wish.
I plan on making the next dress out of satin scraps.
I would be interested to see if this dress fits other 14 inch dolls.
You can sew by hand but that will take forever!
I suggest using stretchy knit fabrics with edges that don’t fray. That way you don’t have to roll edges under twice… which makes finishing the neckline and hems so much easier. This is a great project to use old t-shirts that don’t get worn anymore. If you decide to go with a woven fabric, you will need to serge all the raw edges and fold all the hems under twice. And that’s why it’s so much easier to just use knits!
Carefully cut out all your pattern pieces.
If you are repurposing an old shirt, try lining up your pattern pieces to take advantage of the already-finished edges. With right sides together, sew the front piece to the two back pieces at the shoulder seams using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Roll the fabric under about 1/8 inch and finish off the neckline. Be careful not to pull or stretch the fabric or your neckline will pucker. Roll the bottom edge over and narrow hem. With right sides together, match the sleeve center with the shoulder seam. Then match up the edge of the arm hole with the edge of the sleeve and sew, easing the fabric (that means fiddling with it to make the two pieces line up) as you go. With right sides still together, line up the bottom sleeve edges and sew from the sleeve all the way down to the bottom hem. Finish the back edge openings, then narrow hem the bottom edge.
I see so many possibilities with this little pattern. Cut it short to make a tunic-style shirt to pair with leggings.
Doll Dress Tutorial
Use two fabrics for a color blocked look. Use it as the bodice for a dress and add a gathered skirt. Or turn it around and make a cardigan with little faux buttons over the velcro.
I used it to make a shirt for my daughter's doll. These dolls are for daughter, mom, and grandmother too!
I then attached it to the neckline with a 1/4" seam after sewing the shoulder seams and to the sleeve hems before sewing any of their other seams. Thanks so much for this great and versatile (and quick) pattern.
I was sad at the thought of donating it to the thrift store, since it holds so many good memories for us, and no one would love it as much as we have.
Merida Doll Dress Pattern and Tutorial — PACountryCrafts
Your pattern is so perfect for turning it into doll dresses for my girls 18" dolls. Thank you so, so much for making this pattern available for free.
You could probably modify the pattern a little and make it work!
I have to help with a few of the steps, but they can handle most of it. After you learn how to make this basic dress, there are a lot of options to change it up for a totally different look.
I also have tutorials for making peasant dresses in girls' sizes.
I have picked up some tricks over the years to make sewing them a little faster and easier. Print it out in actual size and cut it out. So, you will have to overlap the little bottom section and tape it together. These dresses require very little fabric.
You want to make sure to place the width of the fabric (the direction that stretches a little more) across the width of the pattern pieces.Just fold the fabric in enough to place both pieces on top. If you want to be really efficient about it, fold it again, accordion style, and cut two of each pattern piece.
You will have four pieces total- a front, a back, and two sleeves. Fold it under 1/4" twice and sew 1/8" from the edge. Next, line up the curved edges of one sleeve and one dress piece as shown. Make sure to line up each set on the same side.
Then, sew the opposite side of each sleeve to the other side of the dress. It is kind of like sewing everything together in a loop or a rectangle. Next, fold the right sides together and line up the side seams. Make sure the ends of the sleeves and armpits line up.
I would nest the armpit seams so that one goes in each direction. It would lay flatter and be easier to sew.
I just don't want more bulk in that area. If that isn't an option or desire for you, you can finish the seam another way- pinking shears, zig zag stitch, etc. Next you have to sew the elastic casing for the neckline. It is very frustrating to get the elastic stuck at a seam and this will prevent it. Fold the raw edge down 1/4" to the inside. Sew about 1/8" from the folded edge all the way around.
I keep my needle to the left and line up the outside folded edge with the edge of my presser foot.The other will keep the end from getting pulled in. Make sure that you push the safety pin towards the seam so that everything is going the same direction. Push the elastic all the way through the casing, being careful not to twist it. Overlap the ends of the elastic about 3/4" or so. Use a small zig zag stitch on the machine to hold the ends together. Stretch the casing to pull the elastic inside. Finally, turn the bottom under 1/4" twice to make a small hem. To put it on the doll you will want to pull it up from the legs, not put it over the head. They are sort of disproportional so it is easier that way. My niece was just telling me this weekend that she needed a pretty dress for her doll. The easiest way to print the directions is to use your print-page option and print the entire page. Or, you can use your mouse to highlight the portion of the page you want to print, and then select the option "print selected area only" from your printing options (or something similar, depending on your computer system).
I created a pdf of your instructions for anyone interested.
I love reading your lovely comments, thank you!
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