Recently, I made the Fairy Tale Dress for Evangeline. The dress turned out beautifully and I'm so pleased to say Ev and the dress were featured as Oliver+S's photo of the day. Read past posts on the dress here and here.
When Amy from Nap Time Crafters called for bloggers to participate in her Dressing Up Dolly series, I jumped at the chance! I knew Ev would love a Fairy Tale Dress for her Bitty Baby. I got to work drafting up a pattern with similar details to the Oliver+S Dress. It has petal sleeves, straight bodice, peter pan collar, full skirt and ties in the back. The best part is that this dress will fit your 15" Bitty Baby or 18" American Girl Doll.
Get the pattern & tutorial after the jump
Bodice, sleeve and collar pattern pieces
22"x22" fabric square for bodice, sleeve and collar pieces
6.5"x30" (bitty baby) or 9"x30" (american girl) fabric for skirt
28 inches of 1/2"-3/4" Ribbon for ties
10" single fold bias tape
6 inches of 1/2" velcro
Print the pattern pieces from here. Make sure the scaling on your printer is at 100% so the sizing of the pieces in accurate. The bodice, collar and sleeve pieces are the same size for both the Bitty Baby and the American Girl sizes.
Cut 4 collar pieces, 1 front on fold, 2 back pieces and 2 sleeve pieces. Cut a rectangle 30"x6.5" for the Bitty Baby or 30x9" for the American Girl Doll. Below I've put a suggested pattern layout.
Prepare your ribbon by cutting it in two equal pieces and trimming one end of each piece diagonally. Seal the ends of the ribbon by running it through a candle flame or lighter. Pin the ribbon 3/8" from the bottom of the back bodice at the side seams.
*Regarding seam finishes: Usually, I use a serger but when sewing doll clothing using a narrow zig-zag is easier and just as effective. It's important to finish seams so your little one can enjoy playing with the clothing and there won't be any raveling.
Fold the hem and additional 1/4" to hide the raw edge. Pin. (I know, crazy amount of pins here)
Stitch close to the edge.
Fold one side over another, creating two opposites. Make sure to double check this, trust me. (I'm here to make mistakes so you don't have to, right?)
Turn right side out, press and baste the inside edges closed 1/8" from the edge.
Open one of the folded edges. Match the edge of the bias tape with the raw edge of your neckline. Stitch in the fold. Fold the tape up and press.
Stitch very close to the collar on the inside of the neckline at the edge of the bias tape.
Pin the bias tape down to cover raw edges of the neckline and stitch. This part can be a little finicky so take your time and use lots of pins. The stitching will be covered by the collar on the outside.
Fold the back edges of the bodice 1/4" to the wrong side and press.
Get the skirt ready. Finish the two short edges of the skirt. Fold up one of the long edges to the inside 1/4" and another 1/4". Stitch close to the edge on the inside.
Right sides together, stitch the seam in the skirt. Mark your stop line (Bitty Baby size mark 2" from bottom) (American Girl size mark 4" from bottom). Starting at the hem, sew until you hit your stop line. Backstitch here several times. Iron your seam open. Fold under the rest of the edge 1/4" and press.
Remove any basting stitches you can see.
Pin the loop (soft) side to the inside left edge.
Just for fun, here is a picture of Ev wearing her matching dress!
Thanks so much Jessica for stopping by! The dress is darling!!