It can be adapted to fit pretty much any doll. This particular time, I am sewing for petite Blythe and Fidelia Firefly Faery. Enjoy!
Feel free to adjust lenght and width to your liking. The concept is the same: gather the fabric to fit the body of your dolly. :)
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Two tiny dresses for your dollies. They are very basic and require minimum sewing skills. If you don't have a sewing machine, you could use a plain straight stitch and gathering stich.
|Petite Blythe and Firefly Faeries are very similar in size but not the same. Their measurements are written on the picture.|
Draw on a piece of paper or on the fabric itself, a (15 cm X 6 cm) rectangle.
Mark the fold line as indicated in the picture.
|Add fray check to prevent fraying. Pin the fabric at the fold mark.|
|Select a long stitch from your machine settings. I used a size 3. Pull enough thread from the top and bottom before you start sewing. Sew a straight line along the folded edge about 1/16 inch from the edge. Leave enough thread at the end, too.|
|Using the same process, add a second straight parallel line about 1/4 of an inch from the edge. So you end up with two lines along the folded edge. These lines make the bust of the dress.|
|Change your stitch lenght back to where you normally use it. I use a stitch lenght of 2. Add your lace or trim to the bottom side.|
|You now have two pieces ready for decorations. You can paint, add flowers, buttons, more lace, whatever you want. ^___^|
|This is the end result. You only have end threads on one side... the right side.|
Now, get ready!
|Each line has two threads: top thread and bottom thread. Separate the two top threads from the bottom two threads. (I should have used two colors of thread so you can see it better but I didn't think about it at the time. >___<)|
|Slowly start pulling on the two top threads together and at the same time. This will create gathers/pleats on the fabric. Don't pull too hard or you will break the thread and will have to start over.|
|Keep gathering until the gathers are close together. Try it on your dolly for fitting around the bust and hips.|
|When you are satisfied with the fit, secure the loose thread ends in the same manner you did before.|
|You are almost done! :)|
|Fold the dress in half and mark the middle with a pin.|
|Get your ribbon and fold it in half. I used 1/16 width ribbon but you can use whatever size you want or even make a crochet chain with thread, etc. You get the idea.|
|Pin the ribbon to the dress where you marked the half way mark. Add a couple of stitches to secure.|
|Pin the back ends together and sew.|