Monday, July 16, 2012

18" Doll Dress and a Giveaway!!!


On Friday I sewed a new dress for Pansy.
 Pansy is an 18" Daisy Kingdom doll
 from way back several years...I'm sure many of you remember them! 
 I keep Pansy at my house
(along with a few others)
 for Sophie to play with when she comes over.

I wanted to make her a 
new dress because
sent me a copy of her
 new book and asked me 
to try it out!

Nancy's book is called

There are 10 basic easy sew 
outfits in the book
 that you can stitch up as is...
or you can add your own embellishments for an 
even larger wardrobe variety for the 18" dolls in your world:)

They fit the American Girl dolls perfectly but I chose to sew one for Pansy because all of Kassidy's American Girls are packed away for her own little girl someday:)

I decided to sew the 
"Tea Time" dress for Pansy 
on page 8 and I also decided to use my 
Daisy Cottage fabric line for the dress.

I changed it up just a little...
 by adding a wide hem on the bottom 
of the Tea Time dress.  
I simply cut a 4 1/2" x 40" strip of fabric
 out of a Daisy Cottage stripe...

Then I pressed a 1/4"hem down 
both long sides of the strip and then
 I pressed it in half.
I then unfolded it and inserted the
 floral dress skirt inside...

And topstitched into place like this.

I stitched the bodice sections and 
straps as per the instructions...


And finished up the dress!
Fun and Easy.
I can see why the book is called 
30 Minute Doll Clothes because that's how long it took me to make the Tea Time dress.

I decided to make a large 
flower clip that would
 be easy for Sophie to add and to 
remove when she wanted to.

I cut a 3" x 22" strip of Pewter Gray 
solid and folded it in half.
I gathered it using a needle and thread...
and fairly large stitches.

I pulled up the gathers so that the 
strip formed a circle...
and then took some tucks in 
the center here and there
 to make the flower puff up a bit!
I added a 1 1/8" covered button for the center.

Thanks so much to Nancy for 
sending the book to me...
I found the instructions very clear
 and easy to follow.

And for your info...
Nancy is having a giveaway 
to celebrate the release of her book!

 for the details and to enter.

On a side note...
thanks so much to everyone who has
joined The Great Granny Along fun!
I have "sew" loved seeing all of your 
 blocks over on the Flickr group...
so many beautiful fabric combinations!

It is NOT too late to join...
for my block tutorial and all of
The Great Granny Along details. 

Tomorrow morning I will announce the
 winner of my Millie's Closet 
"granny roll"
good luck to everyone!


Lanetta said...

Thank you for sharing the embellishment tips! I ordered my book/dvd yesterday and can hardly wait to make all the outfits, especially the Tea Time dress!

Rhonda D. said...

Such a cute doll dress! Love your choice of fabric & the fabric flower.

drmithome said...

This turned out really sweet. Love the colors.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Darling little dress and doll! Love the big hem! The books looks great too!


My Vintage Mending said...

That is one of the prettiest dolls and you picked the perfect fabric...of course...smiles...Renee

Carrie P. said...

So adorable.

Libby said...

The dress is "way to cute". The dress fits her perfectly. Thanks for sharing this with us. Little Sophie should have a wonderful time with this outfit. Oh, I can remember the Daisy Kingdom Dolls.

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Oh wow she's a doll! That dress is just so darling!! :) xx Holly

Day before Michelle said...

Too cute! Pansy is gorgeous too, so very vintage :)

the gathering girls said...

so adorable!!

dream quilt create said...

Adorable, your fabric was made for your cute little doll. Kassidy really is growing up since she has already packed away her dolls. Lol you are so efficient :). I am off to make another great granny square. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Helen L said...

Love the doll dress!! It does look fun and fast. And I just made my first GGmother block this weekend from the Sew Cherry fabrics that I have: I'm hoping to make another today :-) And I was on the Riley Blake site to see what other fabrics were in that line and I came across Polka Dot Stitches: are you keeping something from us? Looks so fun!! You are one busy woman :-) And I'll try and get my blocks posted by tomorrow :-)

VickiT said...

What a beautiful doll dress. Great job. My Granddaughter has one of those dolls so I've already put Nancy's book on my wish list. I had planned to make clothes for her doll already and have a few patterns. My awesome hubby surprised me and ordered the American Girl dress form for me since I don't have a doll here.

I want so much to join in on the Granny Squares Quilt along but I don't want to commit to something I may not be able to finish at the moment.

Helen said...

My three year old isn't interested in her doll so I think I'll claim it and start dressing it up. Your dress has inspired me!

I have decided to try to hand piece my Great Granny squares. I'm new to piecing in general and my machine piecing is not perfect as I am still learning to use the machine. So I figure I may be slower, but my seam allowances should be more accurate. That's the theory anyway! Wish me luck!!

Shari said...

Super cute Lori! YOu always amaze!

LILA-ANNE said...

Your doll has such a sweet face. Love the dress also.

LILA-ANNE said...

You doll ihas such a sweet face. Love her dress.

Mary said...

How interesting, I have those Daisy Kingdom dolls waiting to have the tea time dress made. Thank you for you ideas.

Needled Mom said...

Gosh! I love your fabrics used in that doll dress. Very sweet.

Stephanie said...

The dress is so cute.

Joan said...

Lovely doll dress!

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