Posts Tagged ‘dress’

4am: sick kiddo. Again. There’s a local school in the valley where a large amount of kiddos got Noro virus. I wonder if she picked it up from daycare or if its some other bug.  Happy Mother’s Day, yeah! Lemon water, rice, and tea for the little one for now. 

This weekend I intended on sewing a lot of clothes, but I got hung up on some of the patterns. I made two dresses from the Salina Dress pattern from Liberty Jane Clothing, a modified Peplum Top, a Baseball Tshirt, and a Veratility Dress (Forever18inches). Note: the Versatility Dress is too tight for little one’s Our Generation doll and my Our Generation doll. Tip: for lace sleeves, add a thin strip of interfacing to the edge and then hem. It looks much prettier. 

So, mom came up with an awesome idea to giveaway doll undies to any girl who brought her doll to our booth! I have chosen the basic shorts pattern by Liberty Jane Clothing. It’s an easy, fast, scrap buster of a pattern. I highly recommend it!



I tested this pattern out with a Punky theme. Since it was a success, I also made the doll size inspiration of the dress I want to design for myself. You know, for that one day wedding. 

I used the chest, waist, and hip measurements and added a little extra in the back for the strapless bodice Velcro closure. Then layered gathered rectangles for the skirt and attached it to the bodice. I added the heart shape in the front and gathered tulle to the heart bust shape. Pretty basic and pretty cute!

I must have accidentally spilt some radioactive juice on my sewing machine because J’s doll came back from 1969 with a hippy dress and very feminine vest. 

Actually I decided to try my hand at converting life size patterns to 18″ doll size pattern. 

Here’s my inspiration: 

Here’s what I think it will look like on her doll:

I borrowed a vest pattern and re shaped the front. I found a bodice pattern and added length to it and the sleeves. After some rectangles for the cuffs and collar and drawing out a tie, bam! A new pattern. 

Now, I will have to add even more length to the dress or some white leggings because wooo that dress is way too short for a little lady. 

I think that it needs miniature frog closures or eyelets on the vest. What do you think?

I have finally finished the dress for J’s doll using the leftovers from the Princess Dress I made earlier this year.

I used the Ariel pattern in the Simplicity pattern 1581 for this Wintery dress. I omitted the crown and the tulle underskirt. I also made a bolero to cover her cold shoulders.



Here is my next inspiration: a pattern I was given in a box full of fabric, patterns, and notions still in their original store bags with receipts from the 1950s-60s! I have sketched out what I think it would look like on the doll. The dolls don’t have NEARLY as many curves as a woman but I think I can make it work.



The dress is all done! I have to say, the most challenging part was figuring out the gauntlets. The best way I figured was to follow the directions, go figure. Pinning the sides and then pulling it out through the lining hole gives you a great visual of where to sew. I did change one thing: 5″ of elastic per gauntlet instead of 3 1/2″. It is wayyyyy too tight with 3 1/2″.

I made a detachable cape by taking a half yard of fabric and gathering the top. I added a casing on the top with coordinating fabric and sewed some snaps to it and the dress. This way the kiddo can take it off when she’s going to ride a ride.

I had my niece try it on for me. Doesn’t she look so cute?




Princess Dress: Simplicity 1508

Posted: January 14, 2015 in Sewing
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I love word of mouth. After I made the upcycled aprons for a coworker, another asked me to make her daughter’s princess dress for their Disney trip here Ina few weeks! She chose Simplicity 1508. What a cute pattern! She loves Frozen so my coworker picked out silvers and blues. Here’s my progress so far!



All I have left is some slip stitching, hemming, a sash, a snowflake cape, and the gauntlets.

I can’t wait to see it on her!