The "Boutique" style has emerged out of a demand for unique, high-quality, handmade clothing and accessories. Last year, I introduced a series of patterns for creating boutique-inspired ensembles for dolls. I had so many requests for matching patterns for girls, I developed a line of "Dolly & Me" patterns. These patterns are available exclusively through YouCanMakeThis.com, a wonderful source of how-to eBooks written by designers like myself :) .
Embellished Twirl Skirts for Dolly & Me - includes instructions for inset ruffles and Euro ruffles. MORE DETAILS
Stripwork Jumpers for Dolly and Me - Make this adorable jumper in your choice of lengths and ruffle options. MORE DETAILS
A-line tops and Dresses for Dolly and Me - Make perfect REVERSIBLE A-lines in a range of stylish lengths. MORE DETAILS
Volume I - Stripwork Sundress, Ruffled Top, Petticoat, Ruffled Pants and Capris. MORE DETAILS
Volume 2 - Patchwork Dress and Skirt, Peasant Top and Dress, Ruffled Jeans and Capris. MORE DETAILS
Volume 3 - Patchwork Jumper, Ruffled Top, Peasant Top and Dress, Ruffled Pants and Capris. MORE DETAILS
Volume 4 - Holiday Baking - Stripwork skirt, Peasant Dress, Apron, and Chef Hat. MORE DETAILS
Volume 5 - Corset, Layered Tulle Twirl Skirt, Peasant Dress, and Cloche Hat. MORE DETAILS
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Each eBook is only $9.95 - about the same price as a commercial pattern, but with so much more detail Once you purchase an eBook and save it on your hard drive, you can print your patterns again and again as you need them.
The dolly patterns are sized to fit the popular American Girl® and Bitty Baby® dolls, but will fit a range of play dolls. The outfits are designed for durability and easy dressing, so that they can be enjoyed by the youngest of collectors. Although the outfits look elaborate, they can be achieved with basic sewing techniques and a simple machine. Each volume contains:
Descriptions - includes design options, outfit suggestions, and a lists of notions and fabric yardages.
Instructions and Diagrams - concise, yet very detailed step-by-step instructions accompanied by realistic diagrams.
Full-scale patterns - hand-drafted by me, then converted to a digital format. These patterns have been tested and retested for accuracy and perfect fit.
In addition, each volume contains a valuable list of resources for fabric, embellishments, and inspiration!
Something for Everyone!
*Moms and Grandmas*
Delight your special little girl with a boutique ensemble for her dolly. She will get hours and hours of enjoyment playing dress-up with these beautiful (yet durable) mix-and-match pieces. Create adorable "Dolly & Me" sets, or make from fabrics featuring her favorite color or character. Makes for a very memorable gift on any occasion.
Have more beautiful fabric than you know what to do with? Looking to delve into that pack of designer fat quarters that was just to calling to you at the quilt shop? Look no further! These little articles of clothing can make for amazing studies in color, texture, and embellishment. You will enjoy the simplicity of the construction, leaving more time for the "fun stuff" like embroidery and applique.
There are scads commercially available patterns for modern casualwear and old-fashioned dresses. Buyers are now looking for something unique - something different - something they would purchase for their daughter or granddaughter. These are the styles that are selling like crazy in the handmade category. Whether you are selling from a bazaar booth or the virtual marketplace of eBay, these eye-catching styles will bring customers your way. Many patternmakers prohibit the sale of items made from their patterns, but I don't. With the purchase of this pattern comes full permission to sell your creations. I welcome you to profit from using this pattern!
Think you might want to jump into the world of boutique fashion? Want to concoct those beautiful confections, but would prefer to start on a small scale? Sewing for dolls is a great way to learn and practice designer techniques without a big investment into fabric or equipment. Plus, your model will hold completely still for fittings, and she will always smile brightly for photo sessions! If you are ready to jump right into children's boutique design, the detailed sizing information in the Dolly & Me patterns will take the guesswork out of custom orders.
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