Here are the sewing instructions for the 15 inch Bitty Baby doll dress. This is a rather simple dress to make and can be easily embellished with ribbon or lace. Add the ribbon or lace to the pieces of the dress before putting them together.
Start by sewing the bodice back to front at the shoulders, right sides together. Press the seams open. Place two collar sections right sides together, then pin and stitch around the outer edges. Trim the corners and clip the curves then turn right side out. Repeat with remaining two collar sections. Keeping in mind that the seam allowance at the neck edge is only 1/8 inch, pin and stitch collar to right side of bodice, at neck edge. Clip the curves. Press collar seam allowance down toward bodice. Top stitch the collar seam allowance to the bodice, just under the collar seam, no more than 1/16 inch below seam.
Using a long basting stitch, gather the curved, shoulder edge of both sleeves and ease to fit them to the shoulders of the dress, matching the center fold line of the sleeves with the shoulder seams. Stitch in place with right sides together and clip curves. Hem the sleeves by turning up the bottom edge 1/8 inch, twice, and stitch in place. Pin and stitch side seams and sleeve seams.
Baste the waist of the skirt and gather it. Pin the skirt to the bodice at the waist, right sides facing, easing the skirt to fit the bodice around the waist. Stitch the skirt to the bodice.
Pin and stitch the center back seam of the skirt only, leave the center back of the bodice open. Turn under the center back edges of bodice 1/8 inch, twice, and stitch in place. Attach hook and eye or sticky dot at neck edge to close back.
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