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Free Doll Dress Pattern | Fairy Tale Doll Dress

Free Doll Dress Pattern | Fairy Tale Doll Dress


Hi all.  I'm Jessica. I'm so very excited to be guest posting at Peek-a-Boo Pages today and sharing the fairy talefree doll dress pattern.  Amy's patterns and tutorials are top-of-the-line and her kids are darling and funny too!

Free Doll Dress Pattern | Fairy Tale Doll Dress

Recently, I made the Fairy Tale Dress for Evangeline.  The dress turned out beautifully. 

When Amy called for bloggers to participate in her Dressing Up Dolly series, I jumped at the chance!  I knew Ev would love a Fairy Tale Dress for her Bitty Baby.  I got to work drafting up a pattern. It has petal sleeves, a straight bodice, a peter pan collar, a full skirt, and ties in the back. The best part is that this dress will fit your 15" Bitty Baby or 18" American Girl Doll.

Fairy Tale 18" Doll Dress from
Get the pattern & tutorial after the jump

Doll Dress Pattern Supplies:

  • Bodice, sleeve, and collar  pattern pieces
  • 22"x22" fabric square for bodice, sleeve, and collar pieces
  • 6.5"x30" (bitty baby) or 9"x30" (American girl) fabric for skirt
  • 28 inches of 1/2"-3/4"  Ribbon for ties
  • 10" single-fold bias tape
  • 6 inches of 1/2" velcro

FREE Dress Pattern Sewing Instructions

Doll Dress Step 1: Print the pattern pieces from here.  Make sure the scaling on your printer is at 100% so the sizing of the pieces is accurate. The bodice, collar, and sleeve pieces are the same size for both the Bitty Baby and the American Girl sizes.

Doll Dress Step 2: Cut 4 collar pieces, 1 front on fold, 2 back pieces and 2 sleeve pieces.  Cut a rectangle 30"x6.5" for the Bitty Baby or 30x9" for the American Girl Doll. Below I've put a suggested pattern layout.

First, we will construct the bodice. Finish the edges of the back bodice.*

Doll Dress Step 3: Prepare your ribbon by cutting it in two equal pieces and trimming one end of each piece diagonally. Seal the ends of the ribbon by running it through a candle flame or lighter.  Pin the ribbon 3/8" from the bottom of the back bodice at the side seams.

*Regarding seam finishes: Usually, I use a serger but when sewing doll clothing using a narrow zig-zag is easier and just as effective.  It's important to finish seams so your little one can enjoy playing with the clothing and there won't be any raveling.

Doll Dress Step 4: Sew bodice front to back at shoulders and sides catching the ribbon in the side seams. Finish the seams.

Doll Dress Step 5: On to the sleeves. Sew a basting stitch 1/4" from the bottom of the sleeve.  Pull up the gathers very slightly. This will help you turn the hem up along the curves.  Press.

Doll Dress Step 6: Fold the hem and additional 1/4" to hide the raw edge.  Pin.  (I know, crazy amount of pins here)
Doll Dress Step 7: Stitch close to the edge.
Doll Dress Step 8: Fold one side over another, creating two opposites.  Make sure to double-check this, trust me.  (I'm here to make mistakes so you don't have to, right?)

Doll Dress Step 9: Prepare your collar next. Sew the long outside edges, right sides together.

Doll Dress Step 10: Trim the seam and clip the corners and edges.

Doll Dress Step 11: Turn right side out, press and baste the inside edges closed 1/8" from the edge.

Doll Dress Step 12: Pin your collar to the neck edge matching the front edges of the collar to the notch in the center neck. Stitch with a 1/4" seam. The collar edges will not meet in the back.

Doll Dress Step 13: Open one of the folded edges.  Match the edge of the bias tape with the raw edge of your neckline.  Stitch in the fold. Fold the tape up and press.
Doll Dress Step 14: Stitch very close to the collar on the inside of the neckline at the edge of the bias tape.
Doll Dress Step 15: Pin the bias tape down to cover the raw edges of the neckline and stitch.  This part can be a little finicky so take your time and use lots of pins.  The stitching will be covered by the collar on the outside.

Doll Dress Step 16: Press the collar down and sew the collar down at the back edges. This will help the collar lay down.  On a people-sized garment you'd tack this down by hand but the machine stitching will be much more durable.

Doll Dress Step 17: Fold the back edges of the bodice 1/4" to the wrong side and press.
Get the skirt ready. Finish the two short edges of the skirt.  Fold up one of  the long edges to the inside 1/4" and another 1/4".  Stitch close to the edge on the inside.
Right sides together, stitch the seam in the skirt. Mark your stop line (Bitty Baby size mark 2" from bottom) (American Girl size mark 4" from bottom).  Starting at the hem, sew until you hit your stop line.  Backstitch here several times. Iron your seam open. Fold under the rest of the edge 1/4" and press.

Doll Dress Step 18: Run two rows of gathering across the long edge of the rectangle 1/4" and 1/2" from the edge. Pull up the gathering stitches and pin to the bodice edge, right sides together. Match the opening edges carefully.  Adjust the gathers to fit.  Sew with a 1/4" seam and finish the seam.

Doll Dress Step 19: Remove any basting stitches you can see.

Using 1/2" velcro, sew the hook side to the right side of the dress.

FREE Doll Dress Pattern Step 20: Pin the loop (soft) side to the inside left edge.

FREE Doll Dress Pattern Step 21: Sew carefully because this will show on the outside of the dress.

free doll dress pattern
Just for fun, here is a picture of Ev wearing her matching dress!
Thanks so much Jessica for stopping by with this free doll dress pattern! The dress is darling!! Make sure to come visit us in our Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Facebook Group.
Free Doll Dress Pattern | Fairy Tale Doll Dress

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