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Sewing Instructions for 6 to 8 Inch Doll Dress
Here are the sewing instructions for making the 6 to 8 inch doll dress. This dress should fit Vogue Ginny dolls, American Girl Mini Dolls, Madame Alexander 8 inch dolls, and other dolls of similar size. I highly recommend that you do all the sewing by hand, these are some tiny pieces!
To see a photo of the dress Look Here.
To find the pattern for the dress Look Here.
Start by sewing the front and back of the bodice together at the shoulder seams, right sides facing. Turn under the neck edge, 1/8 inch, twice, to the wrong side and stitch the lace to the inside.
Line up the fold at the top of each sleeve with the shoulder seams and sew the sleeves in place. Turn under the sleeve hems 1/8 inch, twice and attach the lace, as you did at the neck. Sew the under arm and bodice side seams.
Pin the rectangle of tulle to the wrong side of the skirt. Using a long basting stitch, on a long edge of the skirt/tulle, gather the skirt to fit the bottom edge of the bodice. Line up the straight edge of the waist lace with the top (gathered) edge of the skirt and stitch in place. Turn under the bottom edge of the bodice, 1/8 inch and pin in place over the skirt lace, lining up the edges of the skirt and bodice. Top stitch all layers together.
Starting at the bottom of the center back skirt seam, sew up about 3/4 of an inch from the bottom. This seam allowance should be 1/2 inch. Turn under the skirt hem 1/8 inch, twice, catching in the tulle, and attach the lace to the wrong side.
Turn under the remaining center back seam 1/4 inch, twice, on both sides and stitch. Attach the velcro dots or strips, to close the back of the dress.
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. Make Clothes for 18 Inch Dolls.
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