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Today’s tutorial video will show you how to make a pretty sun dress for 10 inch dolls like Disney’s Moana fashion dolls, vintage 1980’s Skipper, and a number of other dolls with similar measurements. Scroll down to the first set of bullets to see all the dolls this pattern will fit.
You can make today’s dress with straps, like the one you see on vintage 1980’s Skipper above…
But you can also make this dress without straps, as Moana is modeling in the lovely “celestial” fabric below…
Of course you could use some ribbons for the straps on this dress, and if you’d like to learn more about how that’s done, revisit a recent blog post I wrote about “10 Ways to Use Ribbons When Sewing Doll Clothes.” Please click the link I’ve provided there, to learn more.
You’ll also need a bit of half-inch double-fold bias tape in a color that either matches or contrasts with your felt. Here’s a close look at how the bias tape attaches to the felt bodice:
If you want to find a fabric that’s similar to Moana’s “celestial fabric” for your dress, click on that link, and if you want to locate some purple floral fabric like my Skipper dress uses, I’ve provided a link there too.
Today’s patterns will fit these dolls*:
- Disney Princess 10 inch dolls
- Disney fairy 9 inch dolls (like the little Tinkerbell dolls)
- Momoko dolls*
- Petite Barbie dolls
- Skipper dolls
- vintage Sunshine Family adult female dolls
- Project MC Squared dolls*
- Disney’s 10 inch Moana dolls
- Creatable World dolls
- Rainbow High 10 and a half inch dolls
- Strawberry Shortcake 10 and 3/4 inch dolls
- DC Superhero Girls*
- Vintage Francie dolls*
*Note: the dress is much shorter on the dolls with asterisks.
Here are your free, printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making the dress shown in the video at the top of this page:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for a 9 or 10 inch fashion doll sun dress with straps
- Tutorial video showing how to make the dress (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 press seams
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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, vintage Francie, DC Superhero Girls, vintage Skipper, 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.