It’s true; I’ve posted these patterns before in honor of Valentine’s Day, but with Christmas right around the corner, every dolly needs her little red dress to wear to parties! And yesterday I re-posted my pants, shirt, and tie patterns for Ken dolls, so now you’ll need a cute little dress for Barbie® to wear to Thanksgiving dinner!
Therefore, are all the patterns and tutorials you’ll need to make the dresses you see in the photo above. I’ll list them from left to right:
LEFT — Strapless flouncy dress for Barbie® and similar-sized dolls
CENTER — Pencil-skirt dress with ribbon straps
- You only need pattern 2 for this one
But if you’re making it to fit Liv dolls, you may wish to alter the bodice a bit for her smaller chest. There’s a mark on the pattern to show you where to cut for Liv dolls.
- Here’s the tutorial showing you how to make the pencil-skirt dress.
RIGHT — Strappy short dress
In spite of what pattern 1 says, do not cut the skirt on the fold for this dress. The skirt pattern is perfect, as is, to make the dress look like it does in the picture.
If you’re searching for a different something different, have a look at the Gallery Page. That’s the easiest way to search through all of my patterns to find what you want. Each image on the Gallery Page takes you to links for patterns and tutorials.
Need help printing my patterns? This link will take you to a tutorial showing you how to download my free, printable patterns.
Please note: you must enlarge the pattern to fit a full-sized piece of American 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’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.
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.
I’ve also got 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!