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Sundress Sewing Pattern

Next up is a sundress, Kwik Sew Pattern 3906. It is called Tulle-da-Lu. Is this a pun on the fact that one of the views uses tulle?

I haven’t gotten very far with it. My helper didn’t sleep, and therefore, wants to help. I cut out the two fabrics, but not the lining, and haven’t begun to sew at all. More to come.

Sun Dress Sewing Pattern

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American Girl Doll Nightgown

For some reason, my eight year old believes that the piece-de-resistance in an American Girl Doll’s wardrobe, is a pajama.  And her doll Kanani, didn’t have one.  Enter sewing pattern Kwik Sew K3771, and my model doll, Jess.

American Girl Doll Nightgown Front

I made two nightgowns from remnant fabric, which for me is the easiest way to sew for a doll.  I typically have children’s clothing around that can be recycled.  But that requires me to carefully cut apart the original clothing and examine the fabric condition and the grain.  So, sometimes the dolls get a print that is entirely their own.  But times two, to reduce the incidence of screaming, no, it’s mine.

First Step, layer the fabric in four so that I can cut out both nightgowns at once.

Four layers of knit fabric

Stitch the nightgown together at the shoulders. Press the seams open, and trim.

American Girl Doll Nightgown Pressed Seam

Press the shoulder edges in. And begin the lengthy process of pressing, adding stitch witchery (or steam a seam, or fusible web, or whatever heat activated adhesive is available), to each and every edge.

Placing pins in the turned edge will help to keep your fingers away from the hot iron.  Once you have pressed between the pins, the fabric will be somewhat flat.  And you can remove the pins and press again.

American Girl Doll Nightgown Press Seam

American Girl Doll Nightgown Stitch Witchery

Add the stitch witchery, and press again.

American Girl Doll Nightgown Fusible Interfacing

And finally, sew the turned, pressed, fused edge. Repeat all the way around the nightgown.

Then, add velcro. And you are done, finally, with what appeared to be a quick project, with only three pieces.

American Girl Doll Nightgown K3771 Back

Kanani and Jess are ready for a sleepover.

Bitty Baby Dress

My thrifty endeavor for the day is a dress for Bitty Baby, sewn from an outgrown girls dress.  Unlike the 18 inch American Girl Doll, the more petite, 16 inch doll doesn’t have many sewing patterns. I have used 18 doll patterns in the past.  And the main difference is that the Bitty Baby is a little larger around the torso.  And her limbs are shorter.

This time, I used Kwik Sew Pattern, K3834 as a guide.  The skirt pattern piece I used only for the length, since the gathers are already part of the original dress. I thought that the stripe at the waist would be really cute.  But I’m not crazy about it, now that I’m finished.

Bitty Baby Knit Dress

It seemed wrong, but the best way to cut the front of the Bitty Baby dress, was to lay it out on top of what had been the back of the girls dress.  On this side, the waist stripe was the only detail.

Bitty Baby Dress Pattern Front

There is a small bodice detail that I cut through.  It shows on the back side of the new dress.  But I’m okay with it.

Bitty Baby Dress Pattern Back

I sewed the front to back pieces together at the sides.  I find it easier to maneuver the sewing machine around the pieces that way.

Kwik Sew Pattern Side Seams Sewn

For the lining, I cut the front lining from the remaining skirt.  And the back pieces came from the sleeves of the original dress.

Kwik Sew Pattern K3834 Lining

I sewed the dress together at the skirt in the back, and didn’t bother with velcro, since the dress is put on and taken off several times a day by an exuberant two year old.  I may hem it at some point. But the fabric is thin from incessant washing.  And I kept getting distracted.  So I was done messing around with it for the day.

You can see the faux wrap detail that was on the original dress.

Bitty Baby in K3834 Back

Sweater to Skirts Refashion

Yet another sweater of mine that ended up in the dryer, and needed a refashion.  I love the aqua color, so I couldn’t let it go to the donation pile.

Refashion one, body of the sweater becomes a skirt.

Sweater Refashion Sewing Ideas-001

Even though Jen, at Diary of a MadMama warned me off about pinning on the right side of the skirt… I forgot and had to move the pins anyway.

Sweater becomes a skirt

My smaller helper insisted on being in the picture, and wearing the collar of the sweater, which has not yet been assigned to a refashion.

Refashion two, sleeves become skirts for an American Girl doll.  (Only one shown.)

American Girl Doll with Sweater Sleeves

The shirt Jess (American Girl Doll) is wearing, is from a Scientific Seamstress pattern.

American Girl Doll in Sweater Skirt

My helper wanted to pose with the doll. This one is actually my doll. I bought it for me, even though I am all grown up, because I have never before seen a doll who resembles me in the slightest. So I just had to have it!

child with American Girl Doll wearing sweater skirt