When sewing primitive dolls, knowing how to make a doll dress can seem tricky. Especially, it sewing doll clothes is new to you, you may feel frustrated and need a lot help. We’ve all been there before. I know when I first started making dolls, more than few mistakes were made. It ways helps to see how someone else does it. So, we’ve put together a tutorial with images of how to make a doll dress using a pattern similar to those you’ll find with doll patterns.
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How to Make a Doll Dress
Choose a fabric that’s suitable. For how to make rag doll dress, the most common fabric is cotton calico fabric. Also, used for sewing quilts and other crafts, calico comes in a variety of prints. It’s usually 44-45″ wide. You can buy it in smaller cuts called fat quarters. A fat quarter is a 18″ x 22″ piece of fabric. It allows a crafter or quilter to build their stash without buying a lot of fabric in 1/2″ yard or more lengths. Many primitive doll patterns can be sewn using these handy fat quarters.
Use an all purpose sewing thread that is a close match to your dress fabric. That means you’ll need different threads: one for sewing the doll and another for the dress.
Before you start your doll dress, wash your fabric. It allows the fabric to shrink and remove the starch. If you don’t, and then wash later, the seams may pucker. And, for primitive dresses, you can, also pre-stain the fabric.
This is a simple dress pattern, you’ll find it included with many primitive rag dolls patterns. Once you’ve practiced on how to make a simple doll dress, you can venture onto more complicated ones.
Step by Step
- Follow the pattern pieces for making the clothes making sure to follow any instructions for doubled material or laying pieces on the fold.
2. Cut the skirt piece of the dress and sew a gathering or a running stitch about 1/4″ away from one long edge.
3. Gather the skirt and with right sides together match it to the bottom of the bodice. Pin & sew right above the gathering stitch.
4. Once you have both sides done remove the gathering stitch if you can see it.
5. With right sides together, match the underarm seams and edges of dress and sew the bottom of the arm and down the sides of the skirt on both sides. Sew across the shoulder seams leaving open where indicated on your pattern-or if you have cut on the fold-clip an opening for the head. I like to put the doll’s dress on feet first-especially if the doll has a big head!
6. Sew a gathering or a running stitch around the neckline and around the cuffs of the arms and legs (if indicated in the pattern).
In conclusion, I hope this tutorial has helped how to make a doll dress easy.
Here are some other doll dress tutorials you may find helpful:
- More Like Home: Rag Doll Dress Tutorial
- Primitive Rag Doll Patterns on Etsy
- How to make doll pantaloons (doll pants)