For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets.
On Wednesday this week, we learned how to add a bias tape trim to the top of this dress, to make a business-y look, and I would highly recommend that you go back and read that post, to learn how to apply Velcro to the back of the dress:
As I said in Wednesday’s blog post, the tutorial for making the dress will only show you how to make this dress with a ribbon strap, so to create the cotton strap we see in the “fruity” sundress version, I recommend that you go to this tutorial for making my longer sun dress, and forward the video to timestamp 1:30 to see how to make your straps.
My Francie doll is shown with a bag in my Wednesday blog post, but not in today’s blog post. That’s okay. Be adventurous and make her a beach bag to go with her fruity sun dress! You can follow the guidelines in this tutorial video to make a beach bag to match your dress.
To make this sunny summer dress, you’ll need some cotton small-print fabric, and 3/4 inch Velcro for the back closure.
Today’s patterns will fit these dolls:
- Queens of Africa Dolls
- Momoko dolls
- modern and Made-to-Move Barbie dolls
- vintage Barbie dolls
- vintage Francie dolls
- Liv dolls
Here are your free, printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making the strappy sun dress shown at the top of this page:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for an 11 inch fashion doll’s “fruity” sun dress (note: do not cut the skirt on the fold; do not cut the bodice with a dip in the front)
- Tutorial video showing how to make the dress (shows it on a different doll, but the steps are almost identical)
- Tutorial video showing how to make the straps (see timestamp note above)
- Tutorial video showing how to make the optional purse or beach bag
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to do a backstitch
- How to gather fabric
Notice how I said in the first bullet above, “Do not cut the skirt on the fold?” That’s called an alteration.
If you’d like to learn how to make pattern alterations in detail, my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” is available on the Creative Spark platform. This class will teach you how to alter a doll’s pants, shirts, skirts, and dresses.
For any class on Creative Spark, there is no subscription. Instead, you pay one price for easy access to all 40+ videos in that class series, which you can keep going back to, for as long as you like.
There’s no specific time limit to your courses. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you.
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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.
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.
Barbie, MTM Barbie, Francie, 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.
Disney Princess 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.