For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets.
Today’s free printable sewing pattern and tutorial video are really designed for those of you who are fairly new to sewing, or for anyone who wants a quick-and-easy doll clothes sewing project.
I’ve given this pattern three flowers, on the ChellyWood.com difficulty scale, but I actually believe it’s easier than the average three-flower patterns I’ve published in the past. Since it does have sleeves, though, I classified it as average difficulty, even though perhaps only two flowers would have been closer to the truth.
If you’re wanting to sew this easy dress for your 10 and 3/4 inch (27 cm) Strawberry Shortcake dolls, here’s what you’ll need to purchase: craft felt, cotton small-print fabric, and size 2/0 snaps.
I like to be honest with my followers, and truthfully, I’m not happy with how this pattern turned out. If you look closely at the photo below, you’ll see that the collar of the dress sticks up a little bit.
I think a slight alteration would make this collar lay flatter, but it has been sitting in my “to-do” pile for more than a year, so I decided to just publish it as-is, and get it out there for people to sew, if they find the dress appealing for its simplicity.
For those of you taking my paid course, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns,” this may be a fun project to tackle as you work through bodice alterations.
And if there’s anyone on the planet who hasn’t yet heard about my paid course, clicking on that link will give you a few details (and get you signed up, if you are interested).
Today’s patterns will fit these dolls*:
- Disney’s 10 inch Moana dolls
- Rainbow High 10 and a half inch dolls
- Strawberry Shortcake 10 and 3/4 inch dolls
- Vintage 8 inch Vogue Ginny dolls (dress is floor-length)
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 making the sew-easy felt and cotton dress
- Tutorial video showing how to sew the dress (at the top of this page)
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to do a backstitch
- How to gather fabric
- How to sew snaps on fabric
Disclaimer/Credit/Affiliate Marketing Links:
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, but the links below do not necessarily help support this website (whereas the links in the bulleted list at the top DO support this website, as the top links are affiliate marketing links).
Moana 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.
According to Wikipedia (as of 9 January 2022), Strawberry Shortcake “is a cartoon character used in greeting cards published by American Greetings. The line was later expanded to include dolls… The franchise is currently owned by the Canadian children’s television company WildBrain and American brand management company, Iconix Brand Group through the holding company Shortcake IP Holdings LLC.” I was unable to find a website for Shortcake IP Holdings LLC, but I believe they own the US trademark for the dolls, even though I believe my own doll was originally made and marketed by Hasbro. To learn more about these companies and their toys and products, please click on the links I’ve provided within the quote.
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.