This dress was made from an altered version of this dress pattern for free here. It is designed as a one-strap dress, but to make a two sleeved version of it, I cut the fabric on a fold with the center of the pattern on the fold, so when I am done I have two straps! I didn’t use a pattern for the skirt. For some reason almost every time I make a dress for my Kidz n Cats doll, I don’t have enough fabric to make the skirt as long as I would like. I was already planning on overlaying the plain cornflower blue cotton with the blue chiffon. When I realized the cotton would be shorter than planned, I made the chiffon overlay longer to make the dress more appropriate. The result isn’t quite ideal, but that’s okay. Both fabrics I got from the remnant section of the fabric stores I shop at. The bodice is self-lined with white cotton. Also, this shade of blue isn’t exactly an Easter blue, but it matches her eyes well.
Now all three of my girl dolls have Easter dresses. Planning ahead!
I did a sepia effect on accident for this one and kept it 🙂
When she’s sitting, she can completely hide behind her long golden hair.
Being as how it is exactly 3 weeks today until Christmas, it was time for some seasonal clothes for my dolls. I made this black striped sparkle sweater using Simplicity Pattern 4297 shirt A and an “old” sweater shirt. This pattern is basically like a Baseball tee, only for thicker fabric. I also used it for this outfit to make a pink sweater. The pattern is fast and simple to put together, especially because I used the finished edges of the old sweater for all the edges of this doll sweater. Not hemming edges saves a lot of time! The pattern also involves a neckband, which I excluded when making this sweater and hemmed the neckline instead. This alteration gives the sweater a lower neckline. I took some pictures with the sleeves scrunched up to 3/4 length, and some at their normal length. They are extra long sleeves, which I think look comfortable.
Underneath the sweater my doll is actually wearing the silver leotard featured in this outfit. This is mainly due to the fact that I didn’t have any black knit stretch fabric on hand to make a spaghetti tank to wear underneath the sweater. I plan on adding a tank underneath when I have the fabric.
The skirt is two rectangles of fabric measuring about 20″ by 7″ (I’m not sure I’m just guesstimating). The two rectangles are red 2mm sequin fabric over black chiffon. The black chiffon I up-cycled from a human skirt. Although both fabrics are see through when standing alone, together they are perfectly appropriate. The black chiffon is about a fourth of an inch shorter than the red, allowing the red to hang a little longer. The two fabrics are joined at the waistband with a fold-over elastic casing. I used 10 1/2″ of black elastic.
I made the necklace by twisting white embroidery floss and tying it off. I have a Christmas charm bracelet that I have had for a few years and never worn. I decided it was time to make use of it and took off this snowman charm and put it on the white floss. The charms are a perfect size for dolls. Necklace!
I added some leggings to the ensemble as an afterthought. These leggings were featured in this outfit.
The shoes are Tree House Studio, which are sold at Hobby Lobby. I used them in this outfit too.