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At Thanksgiving, I usually re-post the costume I made for Juliet’s nurse, in my stop-motion video of Romeo and Juliet with dolls. This costume really looks a lot like a pilgrim’s outfit, with its pretty little white bonnet and the very simple-style pinafore that’s overlapped by a hand-embroidered apron.
Let’s take a closer look at the pinafore, which actually has slits up the sides, as you can see here:
And did you notice the stitching along the sides of the pinafore? I used green embroidery floss for those little X’s:
The top part of the pinafore is also embroidered, where the seams come together at the shoulder. Have a look:
For the long-sleeved gown under the pinafore, as well as the apron, I recommend using plain white cotton fabric. I used a gold-colored fabric from a fat quarter for the pinafore, but essentially, you could use any color for that.
Now let’s look at the detailed embroidery on the apron. As you can see here, I’ve wound green vines around tiny yellow flowers:
This blog post has all the instructions you’ll need to make the detailed vine and flowers on this apron, along with a re-mastered version of the apron tutorial video.
And finally, you’ll likely need a few size 4/0 Dritz snaps to snap both the white undergarment and the gold pinafore in back.
Today’s patterns will fit these dolls:
- Queens of Africa Dolls
- modern and Made-to-Move Barbie dolls
- vintage Barbie dolls
- Liv dolls (but the bonnet is too small for them)
Here are your free, printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making the whole costume shown at the top of this page:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for an 11 inch fashion doll shift dress (undergarment)
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for the pinafore, bonnet, and apron
- Tutorial video showing how to make the dress
- Tutorial video showing how to make the pinafore
- Tutorial video showing how to make the bonnet
- Tutorial video showing how to make the apron
- Here’s a link to my gallery of free embroidery tutorial videos (for help with the pinafore and apron)
Disclaimer/Credit/Affiliate Marketing Link:
To honor the trademark rights of the doll companies mentioned in this blog post, I am including links to their websites here. Please feel free to visit their website and consider purchasing one or more of the dolls mentioned.
Queens of Africa dolls are products offered by the Slice by Cake company, which holds the trademark for them (™). They were designed by Taofick Okoya. Please visit the Queens of Africa website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys, books, and fashions.
Barbie, MTM Barbie, Francie, and Vintage Barbie dolls are products offered by Mattel, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Mattel Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Liv dolls were products designed and distributed by the Spin Master company, which still makes dolls and toys today (although the Liv dolls are no longer in production at the time of this blog post). The Spin Master company held the trademark for the Liv Dolls (™). Please visit the Spin Master Toys and Games website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys and games. Please be aware that the Chelly Wood animated doll is a Spin Master Liv doll that has been re-painted and had its wig colored to appear to look like the real doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood. This was done as a creative project by Chelly’s daughters, and the Spin Master Toys and Games company was not involved in the doll’s makeover in any way.