Pillowcase style doll dress

Are you ready to make your own simple dolls’ dress? I will share with you my easy methods to draft your own pattern for a pillowcase dress to fit any doll. Okay, so this is not really a pillowcase, but you’ll see it is a lot like one! The pattern starts with two rectangles of fabric. We will basically make a small tube with a curtain-like top hem that allows a bit of ribbon to pass through. The ribbon forms the tops of the straps and holds the dress in place. Full size children’s dresses in this same fashion are commonly made with pillowcases.

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Supplies and Materials

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  • Doll and/or doll measurements
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen and Paper
  • Fabric—cotton lawn is recommended
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing Pins
  • Iron
  • Pliable ribbon such as silk – I am using ¾” width
  • Cutting Mat and rotary cutter (optional)
  • Fray check (optional)