Guest Author - Susan Kramer
Here are the bodice front and back pattern pieces for making dresses to fit approximately 25 inch (62.5cm) dolls, including the Raggedy Ann doll. Click here for sleeve and collar pattern.
This pattern is my original design and may not be used commercially.
To make your 1-inch square (2.5cm) grid graph paper
First, take an 8.5x11 inch piece of plain paper and draw 1 inch squares - I do this by drawing horizontal lines 1 inch apart down the page, and then vertical lines 1 inch apart across the page.
Next, looking at the .jpg image you want to enlarge, copy what is in each of my squares into your larger squares.
Seam allowances of one quarter inch are included.
Note that on the bodice front the center front is a fold line.
Cut a rectangle 12 inches long and 31 inches wide for skirt. This gives 2.5 inches for hem.
I like to use a contrasting pattern or 2 different solid colors for the skirt and bodice so the finished dress looks more like a 2 piece outfit - a skirt and blouse. Adding ribbon around the waist completes the look of having a belt. It could be a wide or narrow ribbon trim depending on the effect wanted for the outfit.
The same is for when I am sewing for myself and doll clothes are really miniature models of our own wardrobe, mostly. Sometimes I like a wider belt that is contrasting, and sometimes a narrow belt made of the same fabric as my skirt. But, always, let your creative thoughts take over when plan your doll's new outfit - after all, dolls can't complain!
Click here for sleeve and collar pattern.
Click here for dress sewing directions.
Click here for photo of dress, material and supplies needed.
Article and pattern by Susan Kramer