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Today’s free printable PDF sewing pattern was inspired by a woman named Ruza Wenclawska, who played an important role in the passage of laws that allowed women the right to vote here, in the United States.
Also known as Rose Winslow (and later by her married name, Rose Lyons), Ruza Wenclawska was part of a hunger strike by women who were arrested for picketing on behalf of women’s suffrage. This powerful moment in history was immortalized on the big screen in the film, Iron Jawed Angels.
You can read more about Rose Winslow on Wikipedia, or purchase and read Jailed for Freedom, by Doris Stevens, an account of the Occoquan Workhouse (more of a prison than a workhouse), where Ruza Wenclawska and other women of substance staged their hunger strike.
Ms. Winslow, sadly, died in 1977, but today’s blog post and free pattern are meant to honor her memory, and to thank her for all that she did to make sure I and my daughters have had the right to vote in this country.
As I say in my tutorial video at the top of today’s blog post, I was enrolled in a class on women’s suffrage when I made today’s tutorial video and when I designed these patterns. I tried to make them look a lot like the outfit Rose Winslow is wearing in the primary photo of her on her Wikipedia page.
What do you think? Did I do okay? Does it represent her clothing well? Feel free to leave a comment at the end of today’s post!
For this drop-waist pinafore, you’ll need some cotton and a few Dritz size 4/0 snaps. And if you’d like to make the hat, the shirt, and the sash, click on those links. The shoes have a pattern, but they do not yet have a tutorial video for making them. Sorry about that!
Today’s patterns will fit these dolls*:
- Monster High female dolls
- Ever After High female dolls
- Kuu Kuu Harajuku dolls (hat is a bit smallish)
- Snapstar dolls (dress is long)
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 small-bodied doll’s drop-waist pinafore (other items are also on this pattern, for your convenience)
- Tutorial video showing how to make the pinafore (at the top of this page)
- Tutorial video showing how to make the shirt
- Tutorial video showing how to make the hat
- Tutorial video showing how to make the sash (no pattern needed)
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to sew snaps on fabric
- How to do a backstitch
- How to gather fabric
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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).
Snapstar dolls are produced by Yulu International Limited of Hong Kong, and that company holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Yulu Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Monster High, Ever After High, and Kuu Kuu Harajuku 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.