For your free patterns and links to helpful tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets.
I bet you’re thinking that today’s free dress pattern is the same one I’ve recently posted for Rainbow High dolls, Vogue Ginny dolls, and the 11 inch Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Yup! You got it!
But be advised: you’ll want to use the “Pinafore” measurement for your skirt.
When I discovered that this free pattern also fit Ideal Pepper dolls, I decided to make a whole new version of the dress for Pepper, so she could go on a little trip to the beach…
Along with the dress, you can also make her a fun little “beach bum” hat, and I’m giving you the free patterns and tutorial video for making that as well…
For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, Pepper is the little sister doll for Ideal Tammy, “The doll you love to dress!”
I’ve been told that Pepper can swap clothes with Patch, the little sister of Sindy (the United Kingdom version of Tammy). And although I don’t own her either, I’m pretty sure Pepper‘s friend Dodi can wear Pepper‘s clothes as well.
To make this hat, you’ll need some 1/8 inch ribbon and cotton fabric. And for the dress, you’ll need to buy 3/4 inch Velcro, cotton small-print fabric, and lace.
Today’s patterns will fit these dolls:
- Disney’s 10 inch Moana dolls (the hat fits a little loosely)
- Rainbow High 10 and a half inch dolls
- Vintage 8 inch Vogue Ginny dolls
- Project MC Squared dolls (dress is quite short on them)
- Ideal’s vintage Pepper dolls
- Creatable World dolls
Here are your free, printable PDF sewing patterns and links to some helpful tutorial videos:
- Pattern for making the hat
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for making the dress (use the pinafore length for the skirt, and you won’t need the sleeves)
- Tutorial video showing how to make the dress
- Tutorial video showing how to make the hat
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to do a backstitch
- How to use a needle threader
- How to choose fabric
- How to tie a knot using a needle and thread
- How to press seams open, using a hot iron
- How to attach ribbon to doll clothes
- How to gather fabric
- Here’s a helpful video all about working with lace (for the petticoat)
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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.
Project MC Squared dolls are products offered by MGA Entertainment, which holds the trademark for them (™). Please visit the Project MC Squared website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
According to Wikipedia, “Ideal Toy Company was an American toy company founded by Morris Michtom and his wife, Rose. During the post–World War II baby boom era, Ideal became the largest doll-making company in the United States.” They produced the Tammy family line of dolls, including Ideal Pepper dolls, but eventually the Tammy line of dolls went out of production (with the exception of the Sindy doll — the UK version — which has had a recent revival). There have been a complicated series of sales of rights for Ideal toys since then, and you can read about it on Wikipedia, if you’re interested. But at the time of this blog post, the trademark name “Tammy” for these dolls was abandoned and has remained “dead” (according to the US Trademark database) since 2004.
Creatable World 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.
Moana dolls are 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.
At the time of this blog post, the Vogue Ginny doll is no longer made, and there is not a working trademark for these dolls. If anyone knows additional information about these dolls and their current status, please leave a comment below. I’d love to learn more about the company and its dolls, but as they went out of production prior to the popularity of the internet, there’s not much to learn about them online. Click here to find out what Doll Reference has to say about them and their history.