This past weekend I added an entire doll clothes section to the shop. I am finding more and more that Big Sister likes her doll to have clothes that match hers. It would appear that the doll needs as many outfits as she has (and she has too many). It has been fun, though. It gave me something new and different to work on over the weekend. I have been thinking of writing this tutorial for awhile and so I give you a peasant dress tutorial. It is shown here on an 18" (American Girl size) doll but would also fit a 15" (Bitty Baby size0 doll.
two squares of fabric measuring 10" x 10"
two squares of fabric measuring 6" x 4"
11" of elastic
20" of rick rack (this is completely optional and just for decoration)
Sew the cuff of the arms (that is the smaller of the squares). Fold them over twice so that all of the cut part is hidden. Then sew the sides, make sure to turn at the arm so that the arm and side are together. Repeat on other side.
Create a casing for the elastic neck line. You do this by folding the top over just a tiny bit all the way around. Then you fold it over about 1/2" - wide enough that your elastic will fit in it. Now sew around leaving just a small opening for the elastic to be fed through.
Feed your elastic through. I usually pin a safety pin to one side to make it easier to feed all the way around. Sew the two sides of the elastic together and close up the opening.
Now at the bottom you fold it over twice just like you did with the sleeves. Then you add the rick rack (on the right side of the fabric). Now is where that opening comes in handy. Start the rick rack at your opening and pin it all the way around until you get back to the opening. Now close the side, making sure to sew over both layers of fabric and both layers of rick rack. Now sew all the way around closing the bottom hem and attaching the rick rack.
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