For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets.
I honestly believe today’s sewing project is not too difficult, even for those of you who are just getting your feet wet, when it comes to sewing.
The trickiest part is sewing the bodice to the thickly gathered skirt, but as long as you’re using high-quality felt for the bodice, sturdy thread, and a sharp hand-stitching needle (maybe with a thimble too), you shouldn’t have too much difficulty.
Lace can sometimes be tricky to work with, especially when the lace has wide holes in its design. As you can see, I’ve got a “sewing with lace” page on this website, which may provide a few helpful tips for you if you choose to go that route.
Lace or tulle will make up the bottom layer of your skirt; basic white cotton is all you need for your middle layer of skirt; and on top, you’ll want to use a thin fabric with a silky or satiny finish. Polyester is one of the cheaper materials to use for your satin layer.
For the back closure, I recommend using four size 3/0 Dritz snaps.
One last pointer, and it’s an important one! Only cut 1 bodice out of felt, and please remember to cut your skirt fabrics on the fold! (That link will take you to a blog post that shows close-up photos to help you understand what it means to “cut on the fold.”)
*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
Here are your free, printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making the wedding dress shown at the top of this page:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for an 11 inch fashion doll wedding dress
- Tutorial video showing how to make the Barbie-sized wedding dress is at the top of this page
- 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 choose fabric
- How to attach ribbon to doll clothes
- Tips on sewing with lace
- How to add a ruffle to a skirt
For more of my free tutorials, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, ChellyWood1.
For anyone who would like to expand their dolls’ wardrobes, you should really check out my “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” course and my “Design Your Own Doll Pants Patterns from Scratch” classes on the Creative Spark online learning platform. Here’s my bio page on their website, where you can learn more.
For any class on Creative Spark, you don’t have to follow a schedule. Just sign up when you’re ready.
It’s a one-time fee for the course, and there’s no specific time limit to finish your course. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you. So go check out my paid courses on Creative Spark, using this link.
To read more about my free sewing patterns and tutorials, please visit the “Helpful Tips” page.
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.