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Sewing Instructions for Back to School Ginny Dress

Here are the sewing instructions for making the 6 to 8 inch doll dress for back to school. 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, to the wrong side and stitch the lace to the inside.

Fold both sleeve pieces in half, from top to bottom to find the center top (curved edge). Line up the fold at the top of each sleeve with the shoulder seams and sew the sleeves in place, gathering slightly the sleeve to fit the bodice. Turn under the sleeve hems 1/8 inch and attach the lace, as you did at the neck. Sew the under arm and bodice side seams.

Using a long basting stitch, on a long edge of the skirt, gather the skirt to fit the bottom edge of the bodice. Stitch the skirt to the bodice. Stitch the center back seam of the skirt, from the bottom edge to 3/4 inch below the waist. Turn under the skirt hem 1/8 inch, twice, and attach the lace to the wrong side.

Turn under the remaining center back seam 1/8 inch, on both sides and stitch. Attach the velcro dots or snaps, to close the back of the dress.

Stitch the ribbon to the bodice, along the waist and turn ends to the wrong side at the center back and tack in place.


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 a 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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