For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets.
This tutorial is unlike some of the other sundress tutorials I’ve created because it’s designed to hide your gathers inside the bodice of the dress. This makes it a little more difficult than most of my other sundress patterns. That’s why the pattern is marked with four flowers.
If you’d like to learn how my flower-based difficulty scale works, please click on Helpful Tips and FAQ’s.
Today’s patterns will fit these dolls:
- Queens of Africa Dolls
- modern Barbie dolls
- vintage Barbie dolls
- Ideal vintage Tammy dolls
- vintage 12″ Sindy dolls
- 12″ Tall Barbies
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 a sundress
- Tutorial video showing how to make the dress (it shows a vintage Barbie, but the steps to make this dress are identical for both dolls)
- Tutorial video showing how to do a whipstitch
- Tutorial video showing how to sew snaps on fabric
- Tutorial video showing how to do a backstitch
- Tutorial video showing how to gather fabric
- Tutorial video showing how to do a baste stitch
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Students in my class will have access to more than 40 videos explaining how to lengthen and shorten sleeves, how to turn pants into shorts, and even how to resize patterns to fit bigger or smaller dolls. It’s well worth the money! And you would pay a one-time fee for unlimited access to all the videos in that course.
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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.
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, Tall Barbie, 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.
Sindy dolls were originally created by Pedigree Dolls & Toys, but they have been made by other manufacturers including Hasbro, Vivid Imaginations, and New Moon. Currently (at the time of this blog post) a limited number of the newest version of these dolls is being manufactured by Kid Kreations of Staffordshire, England. I haven’t tried my doll clothes on this newer version, but sewists have told me my Tammy doll patterns do fit the vintage Sindy dolls created by Pedigree Dolls & Toys. Please visit one of these toy companies’ websites to learn more about the toys they produce.
Ideal Toy Company owned the registered trademark for the entire Tammy family of dolls, but that company is no longer in business. I’m including links to the Wikipedia pages on these topics for anyone who would like to research these dolls.