For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets.
Isn’t this the perfect fabric for my pencil-skirt Valentine’s Day dress? I just love how this dress turned out!
Yesterday I re-posted the Valentine’s Day pencil skirt dress pattern that’s always so popular here on ChellyWood.com right around the start of February, but today I’m posting another variation on this fantastic pattern.
The image you see above shows the dress I made for my niece, Emily, for her Valentine’s Day gift this year. There’s a slight alteration in the way I’ve used ribbon with this dress, so I’m going to walk you through the changes I’ve made to the original design.
When you get to this step (see below), where you’re attaching the bodice to the gathered skirt, stop for a moment.
Take a length of ribbon — mine is about 9 inches long, but whatever you think will work for your doll — and either use some Fray Check to keep the ends of the ribbon from fraying:
OR, if you don’t have any Fray Check handy, just tie a knot in the ends of the ribbon, as seen below:
Fold the ribbon in half, like you see me doing there, and attach it to the front of the Valentine’s Day dress, with the folded center of the ribbon at the point where the bodice makes a little dip:
As you can see here, I used a whipstitch to secure my ribbon in place:
Then continue making the dress, following all the directions as they are given in my instructional video.
Of course, if you want to make this dress, you’ll need some cotton print fabric, 1/4 inch ribbon or 1/2 inch ribbon, and some size 4/0 Dritz snaps. The free PDF sewing pattern for making today’s Valentine’s Day fashion doll dress is found in the second set of bullets, below, along with the tutorial video.
Today’s patterns will fit these dolls:
- Queens of Africa Dolls
- Momoko dolls
- modern and Made-to-Move Barbie dolls
- vintage Barbie dolls
- vintage Francie dolls
- Liv dolls
Here are your free, printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making the outfit shown at the top of this page:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for an 11 inch fashion doll Valentine’s Day pencil skirt dress (use View C patterns)
- Tutorial video showing how to sew the dress
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to sew snaps on fabric
- How to do a backstitch
- How to gather fabric
- How to do a baste stitch
- How to attach ribbon to doll clothes
Today’s blog post shows you how to make a simple ribbon alteration to the pencil skirt Valentine’s Day dress — but look at what a difference that makes!
If you’d like to learn how to alter doll clothes patterns, I’ve got a paid course called “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” available now on the Creative Spark online learning website. You might want to think about signing up!
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.
Momoko dolls are products offered by Petworks, which holds the trademark for them (™). Please visit the Momoko Dolls website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
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.
Disney Princess dolls are products offered by the Disney corporation, which holds the trademark for them (™). Please visit the Disney Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.