I had a new Kanani, American Girl doll, a seven year old girl complaining that she and Kanani don’t have matching outfits, and a skirt that had belonged to my grandmother. The velveteen was in perfect condition, but the style was dated, not in a cute, vintage way.
I purchased a pattern from Liberty Jane Patterns. Frozen Hot Chocolate Sewing Pattern to the rescue! It was $3.99, which monetarily is all I paid for the dress, since I already owned the fabric, and notions. For the lining, I fished a shirt that had belonged to DH out of the donation pile. Since I only needed 1/2 yard each for the lining and velveteen, I had plenty of fabric.
I didn’t have to tape the paper pattern pieces together, since the doll is so small, just cut them out with paper scissors prior to placing them on the fabric. But I did baste all of the seams, and then serge them to prevent the velveteen from unraveling. I should have used a walking or rolling foot to keep the velveteen from bunching and skewing the seams. But I didn’t have one at the time. (Denial, that I really didn’t need to ever quilt, or sew velveteen, or anything that requires perceived great effort.)
It is a nice pattern with step-by-step photos. And a terrific way to recycle formal wear.
A’s dress came from Kohl’s. She loathes tights. And she wears fancy dresses as everyday wear as often as possible, hence the leggings.