Whew! That summer vacation was a doozy! It was so hot and dry, and then it rained for about a month. That means the kids were all stuck inside driving each other - and me- crazy. But we all made it through and they kids are back in school now. As much as I love sleeping in and having unscheduled summer days, I get a lot more work done when we get back into a routine.
I did spend a lot of time working on the website this summer. It was ugly outside so the timing worked out well. My sister designs websites so she gave it a complete overhaul and we worked on a fresh, new layout. I really love how it turned out.
One of the upgrades included creating a newsletter subscription. I have been meaning to do this for awhile but there was some technical stuff holding me back. Anyway, I want to send out a newsletter once or twice a month letting people know what is new on the blog. I will add in some behind the scenes stuff as well. It will be fun and not spammy at all. Really.
I also made a pdf of my basic doll dress pattern since it was the most requested on a recent poll. I threw in a slight catch, though. To get this pattern all you have to do is subscribe to my newsletter. It will be automatically e-mailed to you. Not too hard, right?
Make sure to check your spam folder. Also, I am new at this, so it might take a day or so to ensure everything is working correctly. Please be patient with me!
Once you have figured out how to do this basic doll dress, there are a lot of simple changes that you can make to really alter the style of the dress.
~hand sew buttons over the velcro on the back
~cut a wider strip for the skirt to make it fuller
~cut the skirt longer to make it a midi or maxi length
~use a different type of fabric for the top and/or skirt (tulle is cute!)
~add lace, trim, or ric rac near the bottom
~add ribbon at the waist for a cute sash
~use contrasting fabric for the top and skirt
If you have any questions don't hesitate to e-mail me! I also love to see pictures of the dresses made with my free patterns.
I have a lot more free doll clothes patterns available under my tutorial menu. Here are a few of them: