Every year at this time I remember the ritual of getting the new dress for the first day of school. Yes, I'm old enough to have only been permitted to wear dresses, or skirts with blouses, to grammar school and high school! My mother was a huge fan of red plaid dresses, so my new dress was usually some type of red plaid. To this day, I still hate red plaid and have never worn it again! I don't even have any red plaid fabric in my scrap bin, I never buy it.
I do love all things "back to school"; so in that spirit I have designed a new dress for my Ginny dolls which I think is perfect for the occasion. To me, the pretty, dark blue, with a touch of red and crisp white trim is just perfect for Autumn and the coming of cooler days.
Since this is such a small doll's dress you can probably find everything you need in your scrap basket. That is where all of my fabric, trim and ribbon came from! If you have a half yard of fabric you can make four of these dresses; the largest piece of fabric is 2.5 inches by 16.5 inches for the skirt. The sleeves and bodice pieces are very small and the entire piece of white trim was less than one yard. The red ribbon at the waist is a tiny scrap about 8 inches long, as well.
So start going through your collection of fabric, trims and ribbon. The pattern will be up next week and you'll want to have everything ready!
Make Clothes for 18 Inch Dolls The most popular dress on the Doll Making Site, The Spring Dress for 18 Inch Dolls, is included as well as 5 other outfits, underwear, and accessories such as jewelry, a bag, a knitted hat and scarf, and the new scrub suit. There are also patterns for slender Magic Attic type dolls as well as full-bodied American Girl dolls and an antique Saucy Walker doll from the 1950's.
If you love 18 inch dolls, and want a collection of patterns for a wardrobe, all in one handy Ebook, this is for you! All these patterns are available on the Doll Making site, but I have brought them all together in one book for ease of finding and using them.