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 !!!




15 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this morning that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-fancy-party-dress-for-an-american-girl-doll/2014/05/06/
    --Anne

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

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

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    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

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  4. So pretty! I love this dress!

    Emily

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  5. how do you gather fabric?

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    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.

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  6. Thanks so much for the pattern, it was really easy to follow. I finally made great use of the material from all the princess costumes my daughter has outgrown!

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    1. I was just thinking this would be a perfect pattern to make use of the sleeping beauty costume my daughter has outgrown. She'll also be able to keep a piece of the dress as her dolls dress.

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  7. This is REALLY nice - great job-thank you

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