Hi Naptime Crafters readers! I'm so thrilled to be here with you today participating in the Dressing Up Dolly series! My name is Amanda and I blog over at Double Stitching. My hubby and I make our home in the midwest and we are parents to identical twin girls who will soon be turning 3. The girls are my main sewing inspiration, although I love to sew for pretty much anyone!
Amy has put together such a fabulous series! It drives me crazy to see those poor baby dolls laying around with next to nothing on. For Christmas, my girls received baby dolls and doll strollers and they are loving this new stage of pretend play. I decided to make a comfy cozy little outfit for the dolls based off some of our wardrobe favorites around here. The girls have some gray yoga pants that are worn at least once a week and they are often paired with a warm hooded sweatshirt. They pull the hoods up and say "I look like a princess!" I don't quite get the correlation between hoods and princesses, but it makes them happy! :)
You can download a free pattern for this outfit here. This should fit most 12" dolls. For larger dolls, you can try enlarging the pattern on a copier or in photo editing software.
- Knit fabric (old t-shirts work great, but if you are using yardage, 1/4" yard is plenty)
- Small scraps of hook & loop tape (Velcro)
- Coordinating thread
- Ballpoint machine needle
- Sewing stuff (machine, scissors, pins)
Seam allowance is 1/4" unless otherwise noted.
Let's start with the hooded sweatshirt. You will need to cut 2 front pieces, one back piece on the fold and two sleeves on the fold. We'll cut the hood in a bit. One major benefit of using old t-shirts is that you can use the factory hem and skip hemming! If you are not using t-shirts, turn up the bottom edge of each piece 1/4" and hem. There is no need for a double folded hem since knit won't fray!
Take both front pieces and fold the center edge under 1/4" and press in place.
Cut two scraps of hook & loop tape about 2" long by 1/4" wide. You will position the hook and loop tape just above the hem. On the doll's right front piece (your left as you are facing it), unfold the fabric you just pressed back and stitch the hook side of the tape to the right side of the fabric. On the doll's left front piece (your right as you are facing it), leave the piece folded back and stitch the loop side of the tape to the right side of the fabric. The photo should make this more clear!
Flip the hook side back into place and topstitch so the fabric won't flap out.
With right sides together, sew the front pieces to the back piece at the shoulders.
With right sides together, fit the sleeves into the armholes, pin and stitch in place.
Place the whole garment right sides together, matching up the hems and underarm seams. Pin and stitch each side seam from the bottom hem all the way to the sleeve hem.
For the hood, cut two hood pieces (A). With right sides together, stitch the hood pieces together along the entire curved area (B).
Fold and press the front edge of the hood under 1/4". Hem in place. I used two lines of stitches because I like the look and my daughters can be hard on things, but one line is fine!
With right sides together, fit the hood to the neckline of the sweatshirt. Pin and stitch in place.
Flip everything right side out and your hooded sweatshirt is complete!
For the yoga pants, cut 2 leg pieces and 1 waistband piece. Again, it is helpful to use old t-shirts so you can reuse the factory hem. If you are using regular knit yardage, turn the bottom edge of each leg piece up 1/4" and hem in place.
Fold each leg piece in half with right sides together and stitch up each straight edge (stop at the bottom of the curve).
Turn one leg right side out and slip it inside the other leg so they are right sides together.
Stitch the pants together along the rise (curved seam), matching up the crotch seams.
Flip everything right side out and you should have what is starting to look like a pair of pants!
Take your waistband piece and fold it in half, right sides together. Stitch up the short sides, forming a tube.
Now fold the piece in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.
Mark the waistband and the top edge of the pants in quarters using pins.
Slip the waistband over the pants matching up the pins and the raw edges. You will need to stretch the waistband to fit the top of the pants.
Stretching the waistband as you go, sew the waistband to the top of the pants.
Flip the waistband up and you have pants! They can be worn with the waistband extended as on the left or folded over as on the right. If your doll has a thinner waist than ours do, the folded waistband will help hold the pants in place better.
You're done! Now dress that baby!
I think she's ready for a stroll! My girls always say they're taking their babies shopping at Kohl's. Ha! I guess you know what we like to do!
I hope everyone has warm and cozy baby dolls now :) I'd love to have you visit me at Double Stitching for lots of little girl tutorials and other fun things too! Thanks so much for having me, Amy!