Last Friday I posted a poll, asking my followers to tell me which dolls they sew for most. With this information, I hope to offer a helpful variety of patterns for the coming year.
Two weeks before that, I posted a poll asking what kinds of patterns and tutorials you’d like me to create. The results of that poll showed that most of you want me to create easy and intermediate sewing patterns. This week’s one-shoulder wedding dress pattern is relatively easy to sew, just as you have requested.
I realize it looks fancy, but this is probably the easiest wedding dress pattern you’ll ever find. You can probably finish sewing the whole dress in a matter of an hour or two.
The bodice is made from a polka-dot printed felt (found at JoAnn’s Fabrics and Crafts), and the skirt is made of poplin fabric. I sewed a little silver rickrack onto the bottom to add flair, but it would look just as pretty without the rickrack (if you’re looking for something even more simple).
By using felt for the bodice, I didn’t really need to hem it. You can always baste around the felt edges, though, to give it longevity for enduring long hours of play.
On my difficulty scale, I gave this dress two flowers (kind-of easy). The only reason it’s not one flower (super easy) is because it does require knowledge of gathering and the application of snaps.
So come back and visit tomorrow for the bodice pattern, Wednesday for the skirt pattern, and Thursday for the tutorial to help you make this pretty easy-to-sew fashion doll wedding dress!
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.)
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.