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for Free Dropped-Waist Doll Dress Pattern
By Sally Robertson
dress pattern is designed to fit loosely to accommodate the variation
in sizes of the dolls.
a piece of calico 5 1/2" by 44" for the skirt and cut
the bias trim for the collar 16" by 3/4" on the bias.
links will take you to images that contain the free pattern pieces.
Just click on every link, print the page, and then use the "back"
button on your browser to come back to this page. It is very important
that the pages print at the right scale. Each page has two 2"
lines drawn on it. If those lines are off, the size of the pattern
will be off.
work for the two computers and printers I have, but they may not
work for your computer and printer. If you cannot print the images
to the right scale, just send me a stamped, self-addressed envelope
with a request for the dropped-waist dress pattern pieces and
I will mail you a copy of them free. (Sally Robertson, 23709 Emerald
Trail; Deer Trail, CO 80105)
the back button to come back from each of these pages.
seams are 1/4" unless otherwise noted. Pre-wash fabrics such as
calico and broadcloth to remove sizing and to shrink them.
Materials: 5/8 yard
of calico. 1/4 yard of white broadcloth. White and colored thread to
match calico. 6" of Velcro.
1. Cut the collar
from the white fabric. Cut a piece of calico 5 1/2" by 44"
for the skirt. (My favorite way to cut the skirt is to tear the fabric
crosswise across one end. Then measure 5 1/2" and tear across the
fabric again. Cut the selvage off the ends.) Cut the bias trim for the
collar 16" by 3/4" on the bias. (The easiest way to cut the
bias trim for the collar is with a rotary cutter if you have one. Otherwise,
place the wrong side of the fabric up and draw a diagonal line across
the fabric for one edge of the bias trim. Measure over 3/4" from
the line and draw another line. Then cut on the lines.) Cut the rest
of the pattern pieces from the calico.
Working with the bias strip, turn one of the long edges in to
the center and baste. Then turn the other edge in to the center
and baste. This will leave you with a strip that is about 1/4"
wide. Pin one edge of the strip on the collar 5/8" away from
the outer edge of the collar. (Cindy Henry Macedon has given us
a tip for the placement line of the trim. She set her machine
to the longest stitch length and machine basted the placement
line.) Leave the inside edge of the strip free (it will not lay
down flat on the collar). By hand, sew the trim down on the collar
with a slip stitch on the outer edge only. Then press the inside
edge of the trim down with an iron. Pin. Sew with a slip stitch.
Press again when you are finished sewing and take the basting
Pin the collar and collar lining together, right sides together.
Sew up one side of the back, around the outer edge of the collar
and down the other side of the back with white thread. Clip the
corners off and cut little notches around the outer edge of the
collar. Turn right side out and press.
4. Fold the front
bodice in half lengthwise and press very lightly to mark the center
of the bodice. Fold the facing portions of the back bodices toward the
wrong side of the material at the notches and press. Pin the front bodice
and back bodices together at the shoulder seams, right sides together.
Sew with a 1/4" seam. Pin the front facing and back facings together
at the shoulder seams, right sides together. Sew with a 1/4" seam.
Press seams open. Zig-zag around the edge of the back and front facings
so the edge will not ravel.
5. Fold the
collar in half lengthwise and press very lightly to mark the center
front of the collar. Pin or baste the collar onto the bodice with
the center of the collar directly on the centerline of the bodice,
the wrong side of the collar pinned to the right side of the bodice.
(This is important. If you sew the collar on crooked it will stand
out like a sore thumb; yes, I have done it!) Pin the collar to
the bodice all around the neck edge. The back collar edges should
be about 3/8" away from the edges of the back bodice. Then
pin the facing over the collar. Sew around the neck edge. Clip
the seam well. Turn the facing to the wrong side of the bodice.
Press the collar down around the neck edge. Pin the facing to
the bodice on the shoulder seams. Then sew short seams right down
the two shoulder seams (stitch-in-the-ditch technique) to hold
the facing in place. Pull out the basting threads (if dye from
the basting threads stain the white collar, use rubbing alcohol
to remove it).
On the bottom of each sleeve, starting and ending at the two notches,
run a row of gathering stitches 1/8" from the edge of the
fabric. Run another row of stitches 1/2" from the edge of
the fabric. Gather the sleeves up so that they fit across one
long edge of the sleeve band. Pin the bottom edges of the sleeves
to the sleeve bands and sew 1/4" from the edge. Pull the
gathering threads out.
across the free long edges of the sleeve bands. Fold the zigzagged
edges of the sleeve bands toward the wrong side of the sleeves
so that they overlap the seams between the sleeves and sleeve
bands by 1/4". Sew right down the seams between the sleeves
and sleeve bands (stitch-in-the-ditch).
On the top of each sleeve, starting and ending at the two notches,
run a row of gathering stitches 1/8" from the edge of the
sleeve and another row of gathering stitches 1/2" from the
edge of the sleeve. Pin the center of the sleeves to the shoulder
seams, right sides together. Gather up the sleeves so that they
fit in the armhole and pin in place. Sew the sleeves to the bodice
with a 1/4" seam. Pull out the gathering stitches. Clip the
seam. Zig-zag across the raw edges of the seam.
9. On each
side of the dress, pin the front bodice and sleeve to the back
bodice and sleeve, right sides together, folding the armhole seam
toward the sleeve. Sew with a 1/4" seam, going back and forth
across the sleeve band seams 4 to 6 times. Clip the seams under
the arms. Zig-zag across the edges of the seams.
10. Zig-zag across
both back edges of the skirt. Zig-zag across the bottom of the skirt.
Starting and ending 1 1/2" from the back edge of the skirt, run
a row of gathering stitches 1/8" from the top of the skirt and
another row 1/2" from the top of the skirt. Matching the center
fronts of the bodice and skirt, pin the skirt to the bodice, right sides
together. Gather the threads to fit across the bodice. Sew with a 1/4"
seam. Pull out the gathering threads. Zig-zag the seam.
11. Sew the back
seam in the following way: Starting at the bottom edge of the skirt,
sew a 1" seam for 3". Sew back and forth over the top of the
seam so it will hold when the doll is dressed. Press open.
12. Sew a 1/4"
wide piece of Velcro from the neck to the bottom of the bodice to close
the dress in back.
13. Turn up the
skirt hem 1/2" and sew.
Thank you so much
for trying my free doll dress pattern. It is such a joy for me to be
able to provide this pattern to everyone at no charge. I know there
are many ladies who are surfing the Internet looking for free sewing
patterns, not just for doll clothes, but for all area of sewing, quilting
and crafting. As I can free up more time from work I intend to put other
free patterns up on the website.
Currently I am working
on two patterns I would like to add to the website. One of the free
patterns is for a baby doll quilt. It is a star pattern that is made
without having to sew any of those irritating little triangles. Those
darn triangles just love to distort as you sew on the bias and my technique
eliminates all of those problems.
The second free
sewing pattern is for a smocked doll dress. I am in the process of creating
a method of pleating by hand without having to buy iron-on smocking
dots and designing a dress that everyone can sew. The pattern is not
really exactly a pattern, it is more like a book about the design elements
that go into a smocked dress with a free pattern included. I will have
many large pictures of what works and what does not work, i.e. what
is pretty and what is ugly.
Model is a Dress
Me Doll© from The Martha Pullen Company.