Every little girl would love her doll to be dressed the same as her. In this post I am going to show you how to do a simple "pattern hack" in order to make a straight dress using the basic top pattern and the skirt pattern. It is very easy to do and means that you can make even more garments from your
first though we are going to make the Child's dress
You will find lots of suitable patterns in the children section of pattern companies
The pattern is Simplicity New Look 6903
The first step I took was to make the applique pocket and attach it to the front of the dress. To make it I cut it out twice in the main fabric and once in interfacing. Iron on the interfacing to one piece then right sides together sew the pocket all around the seam allowance leaving a gap to turn it right sides out. Clip the corners and trim and snip the curves, turn right sides out and trim in whatever way you like.
I chose this brightly coloured jumbo ricrac.
Stitch the pocket to the dress front where marked, making sure that you finish off the ends securely.
I am sewing the garment with French Seams which are not only robust but are comfortable next to a child's skin. I am also lining the dress.
To sew a french seam place the front and back WRONG sides together, sew a narrow seam. Trim, press open. Turn the garment inside out and sew another narrow seam on the wrong side of the garment. In this way all raw edges are neatly enclosed.
And this is what the finished seam looks like on the inside of the garment.
Next we need to deal with the neckline. So pin and tack the front and back together at the top. Iron on some lightweight interfacing to one front yoke and one back yoke.
Run two rows of gathering stitches between the notches and gather up so that they fit between the dots on the yokes.
Gather up evenly and stitch the yokes to the fronts and backs between the dots.
Pin the yoke linings to the front and the backs and stitch leaving the lower enge open. Trim the curves, turn right sides out, press, turning under the seam allowance on the linings and slip stitch the linings in place.
For strength top stich close to the edges on the front and back yokes.
Mark the position of the buttonholes.
You will need your buttonhole foot and have your manual open at the buttonhole page . The instructions are very concise and clear as they explain exactly how the buttonhole foot is operated.
. Place the button in the buttonhole guide and that's it really. Pull the buttonhole lever down and hold your thread out of the way. Prepare a piece of double fabric with interfacing between and sew a test buttonhole.
Then stitch them on exactly the same setting and cut them open. Use sharp pointed scissors please, or you risk your buttonhole continuing too far if you try to use a seam ripper.
Turn up a very narrow double hem on the underskirt top stitch and press.
Position the toe of the foot at the edge of your fabric as shown in the manual and overedge the seam you have just sewn. Press it and then press and top stitch the seam towards the dress for extra strength.
How to sew the dolls dress using a simple pattern hack
For this I used our Doll pattern, leftover dress fabric from the child's dress, using the skirt and the sleevless blouse patterns to make a simple dress
I took the front skirt, the short length and the basic sleeveless top front piece and placed them on the fold of the fabric, overlapping the seam allowance at the waist.
Join the shoulder seams right sides together and neaten the seams turn under the seam allowances on the neckline and arm holes and machine stitch them down. Press.
This is a delightful, easy dress to make for your doll which uses up spare bits of fabric ric too. It also introduces you to altering a pattern, which is called pattern hacking. I am sure that you can find other ways to alter a pattern.