Here is a cute nightgown for tiny six inch to eight inch dolls. This is for the type of small doll that can be purchased very inexpensively at any craft store. The doll has more of an adult body type, not a small baby doll; so this pattern may not work for baby dolls. You will be able to make the nightgown from scraps of fabric, even using striped fabric I only needed a very small piece.
Small scrap of fabric
Velcro or hook and loop strips
I designed this pattern for the doll I purchased for my Cigar Box Doll Bed. My doll is a little small, even for this pattern. To make the sleeves fit and be short enough I tied 1/8 inch wide satin ribbon into little bows at the wrists; as you can see in the photo at right. You may also need to put darts in the yoke, to make it fit, as I did, if your doll is very tiny. The pattern is so simple that it lends itself easily to making any adjustments you might need to make. You could also use narrow, gathered lace for a collar, instead of the neck facing. Use your imagination to make this tiny nightgown a little confection!
The neck facing pattern piece will be a little long, but it is here to make it easy for you to cut out a strip on the bias, cut it to whatever length you need.
The pattern is shown on a 1/2 inch grid and 1/8 inch seam allowances are included. I strongly recommend that you do all sewing by hand as these are very tiny seams.
Cut a rectangle of fabric 5 inches by 10 inches for the skirt.
Start by sewing the bodice back to front at the shoulders, right sides together. Press the seams open with your fingernail. Pin and stitch a long edge of the neck facing to the neck edge of the yoke, easing it to fit, right sides facing. Trim the length of the facing to fit the neck. Turn under the other long edge of the facing 1/8 inch and stitch it to the inside of the yoke, very close to the fold line.
Using a long basting stitch, gather the top of both sleeves and pin the sleeves to the yoke, right sides facing, easing to fit. Stitch the shoulder seams. Stitch yoke side seams and sleeve seams. Leave the back of the yoke open. If you need to put darts in the yoke, do so now,
Baste the waist of the skirt and gather it. Pin the skirt to the yoke at the waist, right sides facing, easing the skirt to fit the yoke around the waist. Stitch the skirt to the yoke.
Turn under the center back seam allowance on both sides 1/8 inch, twice, and stitch it down. Attach the Velcro to both sides of the back to close the nightgown. Hem the nightgown by turning under the bottom edge 1/4 inch, twice, and stitch in place. Enjoy!
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