This is my “Summer Dress” pattern for fashion dolls, and it’s #4 on my list of the “Top 15 Downloaded Patterns from ChellyWood.com.”
I think this pattern has risen quickly into the top five because its bodice section fits so many different fashion dolls, from Lammily® to Petite Barbie®, to Skipper®, to Momoko™, to Liv™ dolls, and many more. Not only that, but when made of felt, it’s a super quick-and-easy article of clothing to make, because felt doesn’t have to be hemmed.
Of course, if you wanted to add a skirt to this bodice, it would be super-easy to do, and I’ve included links to a couple of my skirt patterns in yesterday’s post.
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Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing. These designs use a 1/4 inch seam (standard for fashion doll sewing projects).
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In case you haven’t heard, I’ve 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.
I also have a series 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 gather fabric, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, just like I do!