Today I’m previewing this week’s tiny doll dress. Again, this is considered an “Easy-Sew Project for Kids,” and it will be posted on my YouTube Channel, ChellyWood1, with all the “Easy-Sew Project for Kids” tutorials. However this dress does include sleeves, so if I was working with a child who was learning to make this dress, I’d consider this a more intermediate doll clothes pattern. Sleeves are hard to do!
If you’re just dropping in to ChellyWood.com for the first time, and you’re looking for the easiest sewing projects of all, I’d go with the universal sundress project or one of the easier tiny doll dresses.
Like the universal sundress project, this little Easter-style dress actually fits a number of different tiny dolls. Here’s Polly Pocket™ wearing the exact same dress that you see the older Kelly Doll™ wearing in the photo above:
And as you can see on the pattern, which I posted on August 23rd, Chelsea Dolls™ can also wear this dress pattern without any trouble at all:
So this week I’m going to show you how to make the green and white Easter-style dress, which fits Kelly™, Polly™, and Chelsea™ too! I’m sure it also fits many other teeny-tiny dolls in the three-to-four-inch range. And best of all, it’s a pretty quick and easy pattern to make, as long as you’re comfortable with sewing sleeves.
For the beginner, making this dress will introduce you to bias tape, which can serve many purposes when sewing, but I especially like to use it as an extra layer of edging around a hem. It can save the life of a doll’s dress by preventing fray, and honestly, it’s a good way for little sewists to become comfortable with sewing a hem.
With felt around the neckline, the most difficult hem (the neck) is avoided, so I still consider this sewing project an easy one, in spite of the sleeves. As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message.
If you want to see all of my Easy-Sew Projects for Kids as soon as I post them, check out my playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.
Need help printing my patterns? This link will take you to a tutorial showing you how to download my free, printable patterns.
If you’re wondering why I make patterns and tutorials without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations.
And in case you haven’t heard, I have also designed commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. They have some new dolls in their line, including a new male doll, so you might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.