Doll Sundress Sewing Guide

Get the pattern here. See the video here.

The Basics:

Sew with 3/8″ seam allowance.

You will need a closure for the Sundress (buttons or snaps recommended), and elastic for the bloomers.

The Pattern:

Print the pattern actual size. For directions to do this, click here. Assemble the pattern pieces at the shaded areas, as directed.

Fold the straps into quarters and sew the edge (like making bias tape). Measure against your doll to ensure a good fit. Trim as necessary.

Sew the bodice back to the bodice front at the sides. Make sure the notches on the bodice back are pointing up.

Using the notches on the bodice as a guide, pin the straps in place to the bodice.

Place the bodice lining on the bodice with right sides facing and sew between the notches, as shown in the picture below.

Place the ends of the straps onto the notches on the bodice back and pin into place. Sew over the straps and down the back of the bodice as shown below.

Turn the bodice right side out and press well.

Fold the edges of the skirt on three sides, leaving one long side with raw edges.

There are many ways to create ruffles at a waistline. If you have a preferred method, use it now to attach the skirt to the bodice. My preferred way to attach a gathered skirt is to pin the ruffles individually. Yes, it takes a lot of time, but I like the end result best from this method.

Pin the bodice backs so they are overlapped 1 inch, or to fit. Apply a closure.

The Bloomers:

Matching notches, place the bloomers pieces with right sides facing and sew the front seam as shown in the picture below. The front is the side with the single notch (circled in red).

Unfold the bloomers and fold down the waist band about 1 inch. Press with an iron and sew, making sure the elastic will fit through the casing.

Fold up the leg openings about 1 inch, press with an iron and sew into place.

Using the doll, measure the waist and thighs for elastic and cut.

Insert the elastic to the waist and legs of the bloomers and pin into place.

Fold the bloomers, matching raw edges of the back, and sew. You may want to sew a ribbon into this seam to indicate the back of the garment.

Match the raw edges of the crotch area and sew.

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