American Girl / Our Generation mini doll dress – Free pattern and tutorial

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018! – Free mini doll dress pattern

I want to start the New Year as I mean to go on.  That means not neglecting my website.  It’s not easy finding the time – not only to make new things but to turn them into patterns to share, as I work full time and have a lovely family.  But I didn’t want to give up and lose the work I’ve put in so far.   So having had some time off over the holidays, here’s a free pattern and tutorial for a doll dress.  It will fit a mini American Girl doll or Our Generation doll (around 6″).  I made a small Waldolf doll (about 8″ high) which it also fits. The fabric in the pictures is a gorgeous Liberty fabric from one of my lovely local shops, Clothkits. 

what you need:

  • 1 fat quarter main fabric (choose a lightweight cotton)
  • small scraps of a lining fabric
  • ric rac or other ribbon for embellishing
  • small bow or button
  • matching thread
  • 6 inch doll dress pattern

how to make your dress:

Cut out your pattern and pin the pieces on the right side of your fabric. Cut the following:

  • From main fabric = 1 x bodice front, 2 x bodice back (1 reversed), 1 skirt
  • From lining fabric = 1 x bodice front, 2 x bodice back (1 reversed)
Pinning the pattern

Pinning the pattern

The bodice pieces cut out

The pieces cut out

Place main fabric bodice  front and back pieces right sides together and sew at shoulder seams.  Repeat with lining fabric.

Sewing shoulder seams

Sewing shoulder seams

Place bodice lining and main pieces right sides together and sew around armhole edges and neck, including the centre back edges:

Sewing armholes, neck and back of bodice

Sewing armholes, neck and back of bodice

Turn the bodice right side out through the shoulder – this is a bit fiddly but persevere.

Bodice right side out

Bodice right side out

Press bodice. Open out side seams of lining and main fabric of bodice and stitch side seams with right sides together. Press again.

Sewing sides of bodice

Sewing sides of bodice

Hem the lower longer edge of the skirt by turning over raw edge twice and pressing, then stitch.  If using, sew on embellishment (e.g. ric rac) close to the bottom of the skirt.

Hemming the skirt

Hemming the skirt

Adding ric rac

Adding ric rac

Stitch two rows of wide stitches to the long top edge of the skirt to form gathering stitches.

Gathering stitches

Gathering stitches

Fold in half with short edges and right sides together and stitch centre back seam – stopping 3/4″ from the top (see the dot on the pattern).

Gather the top of the skirt by pulling the stitches.  Then pin, right sides together to the bodice (the bodice will be upside-down). Line up the openings at the back of the bodice and the top of the skirt.

Pinning skirt to bodice

Pinning skirt to bodice

Stitch around the top of the skirt to secure the bodice to the skirt.  Press the seam upwards.  Stitch around the opening on the skirt.

Finishing the back of the dress

Finishing the back of the dress

Then on the right side of the fabric topstitch around the bodice, adding ric rac or ribbon as you go.

Finished dress

Finished dress

Add a snap fastener to the top of the bodice at the back to close.

Then you’re done!   I hope you like the pattern – Happy New Crafting Year!

Our Generation Doll modelling the dress

‘Autumn’ modelling the dress

Same dress pattern, whole new look!

Who wears it best?!

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