This doll is dressed to play Juliet’s nurse in my dolls’ stop-motion version of Romeo and Juliet, but with Thanksgiving (USA) right around the corner, I thought I’d point out that her costume would be ideal for making a fashion doll version of the pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower and landed a Plymouth Rock.
Here are all the patterns and tutorials you’ll need, if you want to make this costume for a fashion doll like Barbie®, The Queens of Africa™, the Spin Master Liv™ dolls, or similar-sized 11.5-inch fashion dolls:
- Fashion dolls’ pilgrim-style basic dress pattern
- Fashion dolls’ pilgrim-style bonnet and apron patterns
- Fashion dolls’ dress bodice pattern (for the white gown that goes under the pilgrim-style gown)
- Fashion dolls’ basic skirt pattern (also for the white gown that goes under the pilgrim’s dress)
- Tutorial showing how to make the pilgrim-style dress (shown in mustard yellow above)
- Tutorial showing how to make the white dress that goes under the pilgrim’s dress
- Tutorial showing how to make the bonnet
- Tutorial showing how to make the apron, including embroidery techniques
- If you need help with the embroidery on the apron, just click here for a simple tutorial.
It may seem like this is a re-post of an old pattern (which is sort of true), but at my followers’ requests, I’ve been revising my older patterns to include the measurement tool, the “Creative Commons Attribution” marks, and sharper pattern edges. These newer versions of my older patterns also include a bit more instructional information on the patterns themselves.
Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.) To review my difficulty scale (demonstrating how hard or easy a pattern is by the number of flowers displayed), take a look back at this blog post.
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 scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).
If you’re wondering why I make patterns and videos without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations. My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.
Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:
- You can pin them on Pinterest.
- You can like them on Facebook.
- You can tweet about them.
- Use any other form of social media that appeals to you!
Are you new to sewing? I’ve got a 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.
In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some 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.
If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to submit a question. I’m always happy to help my followers find what they need, so they, too, can make amazing doll clothes and crafts!