#Sew a #Renaissance Doll Costume for Rosaline in #Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (Free Pattern)

I’ve posted this picture before, but the pattern is unique. You see, I’ve adapted the pattern from the yellow Basque-style dress to make this Renaissance gown. I’ll offer links to the patterns below the picture, and I’ll describe how I used each pattern. However the tutorial links will show you how to make the Basque dress (yellow floral pinafore). You’ll just have to work with that because my pictures for the green pinafore tutorial didn’t turn out so great. Sorry guys!

Image of Barbie doll in Renaissance gown playing stringed instrument in a market square
Image: Rosaline in Romeo and Juliet (feel free to tweet, pin, or like this image)

Yes, this doll will be playing Rosaline in our upcoming dolly version of Romeo and Juliet (stop-motion style).  My daughters and I worked on filming Romeo and Juliet over the Memorial Day weekend, and we had a blast! We’ve finished filming Act I, and next weekend we hope to start filming the balcony scene. Oooh! I can’t wait!

This Rosaline doll made her appearance in the Capulets’ feast scene. To make her dress, you’ll need to lengthen the skirt in this yellow floral pinafore dress pattern, or simply use the skirt in this pattern, but cut it like you would for the yellow floral pinafore dress to allow the open front. for her bodice, you only need to cut four of the front (the one that says “solid yellow”) and four of the back, using the yellow floral pinafore pattern. You only need to cut two skirt pieces, as the maroon skirting beneath is part of her shift.

Adapting a pattern can be difficult, so I only advise making this dress if you’re an advanced seamstress. Create the sleeves exactly the way it’s shown in the video tutorial for the yellow floral pinafore. For the bodice portion of that tutorial, however, skip all the printed-fabric portion when creating the bodice. You won’t need any jump rings or ribbons.

But you will need to make the maroon gown she’s wearing beneath the pinafore as a shift. For this gown, I used my basic wedding dress pattern. Here’s the pattern for the bodice, and again here’s the pattern for the wedding dress’ skirt.

The fancy tiara hat is actually the easiest part of this outfit. Here’s the pattern for the tiara, and here’s a tutorial showing you how to make the tiara. I haven’t had a lot of downloads for this pattern, but I’ve had lots of little girls look at it and want to play with it. So I do believe it is a valuable addition to the costume.

I have just a couple of pointers to add: when you print my patterns, it’s always friendly and kind to like it on FB, tweet about it, and/or pin it to your Pinterest page. That way you’re helping to spread the word that these free, printable sewing patterns exist.

And please note: you must enlarge the pattern to fit a full-sized piece of computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) before printing. My designs use a 1/4 inch seam (standard for fashion doll sewing projects). If you have any questions about piecing this costume together, feel free to contact me, using my “Submit a Question” form. I’m always happy to help!

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