Okay, this is the last doll post for a while, I promise. You are going to start thinking I'm one of those crazy people that makes up alternate universes and carries their dolls around at the grocery store as if they were alive (Sharon... haha!).
If you would like to try making some doll clothes, I have come up with a very simple pattern that is super versatile and great for beginning sewers. (Shout out to my neice. Hi Lindsay!) Once you master this pattern, you can whip up a variety of outfits for your doll.
A sweater dress:
A comfy nightgown:
Or a long, flowy maxi dress:
So many possibilities with just one pattern!
Let's get started!
1. Print out the three pattern pieces. There are three PDF files to download. Click on the three links below, then hit the printer icon at the top of the page.
3. 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.
4. With right sides together, sew the front piece to the two back pieces at the shoulder seams using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
5. 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.
6. Roll the bottom edge over and narrow hem. In this photo, I took advantage of the shirt's pre-finished hem, so I got to skip this step!
7. With right sides together, match the sleeve center with the shoulder seam. Pin in place. 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.
8. With right sides still together, line up the bottom sleeve edges and sew from the sleeve all the way down to the bottom hem.
9. Finish the back edge openings, then narrow hem the bottom edge. Add some velcro closures (I like to use a zig zag stitch) and you are done!
I see so many possibilities with this little pattern. Cut it short to make a tunic-style shirt to pair with leggings. Add a ruffle to the bottom hem. Use two fabrics for a color blocked look. Add a tuxedo bib detail. 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. Fun, fun, fun!