For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets.
Once again, this Momoko doll clothes sewing project is one of my older patterns, from back in the days when this blog was really just a personal journal.
The brown “shift” dress was worn under Momoko’s wedding gown, when she played Juliet in my stop motion video, Romeo and Juliet with Dolls, for which I have produced Acts 1 through 3 so far. All five acts have been filmed, but I’m still working on getting the videos and still shots compiled into a completed (hopefully) work of art!
To make today’s pioneer dress or pilgrim’s costume, including the bonnet and apron, you’ll need the following items: solid color cotton fabrics, 1/8 inch ribbon, 1/4 inch folded bias tape (for the apron’s tie), a swatch of lace, embroidery floss, and size 3/0 Dritz snaps.
Today’s patterns will fit these 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 dress, apron, and bonnet
- Tutorial video showing how to make the dress
- Tutorial video showing how to make the apron
- Tutorial video showing how to make the bonnet
- Link to my embroidery tutorial page for the apron
- 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 use a needle threader
- How to do a basic straight stitch
- How to use bias tape
- 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
- Tips on sewing with lace
Please note that whenever you buy sewing notions or fabrics using the links I’ve provided, this website will receive a small commission, which helps fund the ChellyWood.com website, so I can continue to provide you with all the free patterns and tutorial videos offered here.
Another great way to help fund this website is to take my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” which is now live on the Creative Spark platform. You can sign up any time you want, and for any class on Creative Spark, once you’re signed up, you can take as long as you like to finish the class. You’re not under pressure or a time constraint to finish your lessons.
You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you.
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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).
Skipper, Petite Barbie dolls, Creatable World, and vintage Sunshine Family 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.
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.
Disney Princess, Moana, and Disney fairy 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.
Project MC Squared dolls and Rainbow High dolls are products offered by MGA Entertainment, which holds the trademark for them (™). Please visit the Project MC Squared website or the Rainbow High 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.
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.