May 05, 2014

Fancy Dress for American Girl Doll

What you need

  • 1/4 yrd of velvet fabric (or crushed velvet fabric)
  • 1/3 yrd metallic or other special occasion fabric
  • 1/3 yrd liner fabric
  • velcro

How to make the Dress

1. Download free Liberty Jane Tank Top pattern

2. Cut the neck line pattern a little bigger and cut 1 1/4" off the bottom hem on the pattern.
    Then follow tank top instruction for assembly. Just don't finish the bottom hem.

3. Cut a rectangle 9 1/2" x 43" (or whatever width fabric is) from metallic/special occasion fabric
    Cut a rectangle 9 1/2" x 43" from liner.

4. Double hem the long side of the metallic/special occasion fabric (1/4" up then another 1/4" up)

5. Double hem the long side of the liner fabric

6. Sew gathering stitches on other long side of  metallic/special occasion fabric and gather to length
    of tank top hem (all around from back to back)
    Repeat for liner fabric

7. Layer metallic/special occasion fabric and liner fabric and sew to bottom of unfinished tank top.
    Make sure you have Tank top and metallic/special occasion fabric right sides together, then liner.

8. Sew short ends of metallic/special occasion fabric right sides together.
    Repeat for liner.

You are done !!!


  1. Gorgeous!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this morning that links to your tutorial:

  2. Thank you for the pattern. It is a very nice dress

  3. Love your site....great ideas!!! I am just getting into making my own patterns....what program did you use to make your patterns?

    1. I don't have a program, I just use my tape measure, paper/paper towel and a pencil. I draw it on paper, then use it with fabric. After adjusting it to work I adjust my paper pattern accordingly. A good fitting base pattern that you can modify always helps. Hope that helped

  4. So pretty! I love this dress!


  5. how do you gather fabric?

    1. You sew a line of stitches less than 1/4" from the fabric edge with the longest possible stitch length. Then you pull carefully on the bottom thread to gather.