September 06, 2018

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Di's Dolly Designs Pattern Hack: Seashore Sundress

 

Hi everyone!  Follow along as Edith from Di's Dolly Designs shows you how to use her Seashore Swimsuit pattern to make an adorable sundress!

Giveaway Update:  Congratulations Marcie R! You've been selected to win the blue Seashore Sundress!  Thank you to all who entered! We really enjoyed reading about all of the memorable moments that were shared over the summer. 

You will need:

  • a copy of the Seashore Swimsuit pattern for 18 inch dolls
  • 1/3 yard of fabric knit or cotton
  • 3 inches of 1/4 inch hook and loop tape
  • matching thread

Pattern pieces 1-8 are used. Ruffle piece is added 3 inches wide x 44 inches long.

Let's get started...

Step 1. Cut the seam allowances - 1/4 inch off the top and bottom of pattern pieces #3 and # 6. Tape pieces #3 to 2 and to 4 putting piece # 3 so the new edge lines up with the seam allowance - dotted line on piece 2 and 4 to make a new front. (You are eliminating the seam allowances) Repeat with pieces #6, 5 and 7 to make the new back.


New Front and Back pieces


If you are making the dress from a knit fabric make sure you put the pattern pieces with the stretch across the width of the dress.

If you are making the dress from cotton you need to add 1/4 inch along the Central Back Seam on the back and the facing. This modification is for a doll with a 10 3/4 inch chest, 10 1/4 inch waist, and 12 inch hips, if your doll is different you will need to make different modifications.


Step 2. If using a knit, follow pattern directions steps 5 to 12.

If using a cotton, follow pattern directions steps 5 to 7. In step 8 place the strap 1 1/4 inches from edge and then follow steps 9 to 12. Also with cotton, be sure to finish the seam edges.


Step 3. RUFFLE Turn bottom of ruffle up 1/4 inch on one long edge and then top
stitch near the top edge to make the hem.


Step 4. On the top edge, gather the ruffle evenly so it is the size of the bottom edge of dress. Sew ruffle to top with 1/4 inch seam.


Step 5. Press the seam toward the top and top stitch the seam edge down.


CENTER BACK SEAM
Step 6. On right center back, fold and pin facing to back so right sides are together and sew.


Step 7. Turn the facing to the inside of the dress and press.


Step 8. Sew back seam from 3 1/2 inches from bottom to the bottom of the ruffle.


Step 9. Attach the loop side of the hook and loop tape on the inside. Attach the hook side to the left center back on the right side of the fabric.

Press and your dress is finished.

Voila! Your pretty new sundress is complete!

Giveaway Time!

Edith is graciously giving away the blue knit dress shown at the top of the page to one lucky winner.   

Summer is a time to go on vacation, relax and unwind!  To enter the contest, leave a comment below finishing this sentence...

"My favorite thing I did over the summer was..."

We'll pick a winner on Monday, September 10th, and get in touch via email.  Thanks for entering and good luck!

For aleksandrajones,

Edith & The PF Team

 


47 Comments

kathy
kathy

September 08, 2018

my farvorite was finish up doll dress fo vintage doll fo a friend and then redoing and reoraganzine my sewing room

Judith Martinez
Judith Martinez

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did this summer was relaxing by the pool.

Jean Sudduth
Jean Sudduth

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did this summer was spending time with my four year old twin granddaughters. It was also fun watching them play for the first time with their great grandmother’s American Girl dolls.

Judy
Judy

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did this summer was spending time at the lake cabin relaxing with friends and family.

Sandra Cox
Sandra Cox

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did over this Summer happened just this past weekend. I sewed for, participated and volunteered at our Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal, Missouri! I had a fabulous time dressing up in my costumes and being absolutely free to be me!

Karen
Karen

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did over the summer didn’t happen this year. It happened every summer growing up on my parents Kansas wheat farm. Driving the truck full of wheat to the local grain elevator was a big part of my summer and by helping to contribute to the family income was an honor I will never forget. Loved my childhood!

Shirley
Shirley

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did over the summer was to have my 5 yr. old great granddaughter for 9 weeks to spend time time with, She lives 3 hours away from us. so this is a special time for us, She now has a few american girl dolls that she likes having me make clothes for and plays for ever with. Her imagination is limitless. She can’t wait tell I teach her to sew.

Lawana
Lawana

September 07, 2018

A very simple, beautiful, easy to dress pattern. I like the simplicity because I love sew for play dolls that children use. The 18" is my preferred size, not too small and hard to dress, and not too big for them to handle and collect. Thank you for entering me in your contest!

Darlene
Darlene

September 07, 2018

My favourite thing this summer – tackling some of the “impossible tasks” – when one experiences long, really long periods of time coping with pain, many things become impossible tasks. Add the prolonged illness of a loved one, and the list gets longer. I found that if I needed to decide between two things, neither were attempted. The part that makes any task impossible is the inability to tackle it – one cannot succeed or fail, if one cannot attempt the task. I saw most things through an orange sky – the sun being blocked and lungs being burned by forest fire smoke from thousands of miles away. Smoke prevented outdoor activities where summers are already too short. The list of actually impossible tasks were added to the other list. I liked reading everyone’s responses today – success and fun despite enormous challenges. It made me happy that everyone shared their challenges and successes. I like that our news adds a happy, fun moment at the end. No matter how many things go wrong, there are always stories of happiness and delight that warm our hearts and ease our minds. When nothing else is possible, I crochet another scarf to donate, hoping it will make someone happy and warm. Then there is a day when one impossible task is completed: a meal is cooked, or a load of laundry is done, or a bed is changed, something is cleaned. Receiving an act of kindness is amazing – it is the best gift ever. The sun is back to normal here, the air is clean again, and fall is coming. I am learning to remember to say what I did, and not list the things I could not do – it is a new rule – it is the best part of summer.

Thresea
Thresea

September 07, 2018

One of my favorite things I did over the summer was many years ago. As a college student, I went to New Haven, CT and did a summer missions with ten other college students. By day we worked in a summer recreation program with youth.

Donna Deters
Donna Deters

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing i did over the summer was is getting my things done around the house.My husband and I getting ideas for the kitchen.

Sharon Thomas
Sharon Thomas

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did over the summer was to see the expression on our grandchildren’s faces when they saw the clothes made for their dolls and the hand puppets for the boys.

Sharon
Sharon

September 07, 2018

I spent the summer making clothes for my Willa Wellie Wisher doll, and for my greatniece’s American Girl Tenney. I’m even using up a bunch of scraps I’ve had for years.

Evelyn
Evelyn

September 07, 2018

I had a kind of boring summer due to the fact I had neck fusion surgery at the start of the year and had restraints put on me……but over the summer I did manage to reorganize my quilting room and organize fabric and shelves so that I could easily find my 18" dolls and the fabric I put aside to sew for them.

Vicki
Vicki

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did over the summer was to teach my granddaughter to sew! It melted my heart when she asked, “Grammy, will you teach me to sew? She made an adorable pillow for starters! Now her sisters want to earn how. Last spring I bought a new sewing machine and have been sewing for my 14” and 18" dolls using aleksandrajones patterns! Such fun and what a special blessing to sew with the girls!

Janet
Janet

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing to do this Summer was having guests for lunch or a cook-out – not an extraordinary event for most, but both times were happy for us – We moved here and know no one except our nearby family. So it’s really good to have friends to entertain.

Janet
Janet

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing to do this Summer was having guests for lunch or a cook-out – not an extraordinary event for most, but both times were happy for us – We moved here and know no one except our nearby family. So it’s really good to have friends to entertain.

Jil
Jil

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did over the summer was getting to more time with my granddaughters making memories while working in the garden and helping our son locate and buy his first house in a sellers (very competitive) market. Now we get to get it all set up inside for him and his daughters.

Carol
Carol

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing this summer was spending time with my 11 year old grand daughter.. She spent one week with me. She lives in another state so I only see her a few times a year. We had a great time swimming, hiking, playing games, and I started to teach her to sew.

PATTI Z
PATTI Z

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did over the summer was…going to Seattle Washington to spend 5 glorious days with my daughter, who is currently serving in the Air Force, and her new husband. We did lots of walking around Seattle, went on a ferry ride, dined along the Puget Sound, strolled through the fish market, and spent lots of quality time together. At the fish market, I saw my first ever fish being tossed, didn’t even know that was a popular thing. LOL It was truly a wondering experience and before then after visiting Washington I was sewing more doll clothes.

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

September 07, 2018

My fav thing to do over the summer was sewing doll clothes, 16-inch and 18-inch mostly, including making a doll ballet costume for a friend to donate to her church auction fundraiser this Fall – learning new techniques/practicing old ones!

Rosella
Rosella

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing this summer was when our daughter and son-in-law came to visit from out of state. We all attended my great granddaughter’s, their granddaughter’s, dance recital. Such a great time.

Mary Cox
Mary Cox

September 07, 2018

The most fun thing I did this summer was attend our family reunion. It is such fun for all to gather in one place for a delicious meal and a lot of catching up. I am so BLESSED! I have 2 sons, 4 granddaughters, and 2 lovely daughters-in-law, plus my 95 year old mother and numerous others in my family. (We number over 100). Love them all!!

J.J. Goody
J.J. Goody

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did over summer was organizing and teaching three Neighborhood Bible Clubs. Although I came down with a cold during the week we had two of them, I prayed for God to do His thing because I didn’t have the umph. Which I realize that it is Jesus doing the work anyway, but yeah. So God did move in the kids hearts and four prayed to receive Jesus. So that was awesome to see.
Also, on the day I taught the 10 Commandments, one boy wondered if God could forgive murder, and I knew he was thinking about his brother who got in a fight with his friend and the friend fell and died. But God had put on my heart to also teach the mission story of how Mincaye trusted in Jesus and was forgiven for helping spear the five missionaries, and how he went on to help the children of those he killed. It is wonderful to see how God works!

Lindie
Lindie

September 07, 2018

This summer we had our two grandsons come and stay a whole month with us. They are ages 8 and 10. We found some used bikes for them and they had so much fun riding the country roads. They did chores, stacking firewood, yard clean up and more. We took them camping, hiking and ate a lot of some-mores too.

Marcie
Marcie

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did this summer was to go to the beach with my two grandkids. It was their first time to see the ocean! So much fun!

Joanne
Joanne

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did all summer was to have our daughter and family from out of state come for a visit. They live 17 hours away.

Judy
Judy

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did over the summer was take my children and grandchildren on an Alaskan cruise. It was the most fun experience and one we will never forget.

LINDAK
LINDAK

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did over the summer was join my son & his family on their vacation. When the grandkids were young, it was easy to find time to all be together. Now that they’re 21, 18 & 12, it will not be so easy to gather. So this year’s togetherness was that much more special.

Janet
Janet

September 07, 2018

My favorite time of each summer is when each of my grandchildren come for a week by themselves and we eat what they want to eat and do what they want to do. It is a special time for all of us.

Laurainne
Laurainne

September 07, 2018

My Favorite thing I did this summer was to go through all my Sewing With Cinnamon courses. I have very little time during the school term so the summer break was an ideal time in which to catch up. I bought many aleksandrajones patterns using my Pixie Perks and am all set to sew,sew and sew some more, even though I might be stretched for time. The secret for me, I have found, is to keep going, even if it is one seam a day!!!!

Marian
Marian

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did this summer was a lovely children’s fair where I displayed and sold my doll clothing designs. But my husband and I really enjoyed all of the children that came to the fair. Our children are grown and our grandchildren are growing up so we enjoy being on “cutie alert.”

Diane
Diane

September 07, 2018

MY FAVORITE THING I DID OVER THE SUMMER WAS WATCH MY GRANDDAUGHTER LEARN HOW TO RIDE A BIKE.

Kathy
Kathy

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did over the summer was spend time with my family at week-long family camp.

Debra
Debra

September 07, 2018

Go to the ocean with my family. I read a lot of books!

Katherine
Katherine

September 07, 2018

“MY FAVORITE THING I DID OVER THE SUMMER WAS. Sewing doll clothes using patterns from Pixiefaire. They always turn out so cute.

Jeri
Jeri

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did over the summer was direct our church’s Vacation Bible School. It’s something my family looks forward to every year. The kids had a lot of fun … and so did the adults. A lot of family members came for our closing program and pizza party.

april S
april S

September 07, 2018

Traveled the united States and sewed

michelle jadaa
michelle jadaa

September 07, 2018

moved my sewing room to a much larger space so now my friends can come over to sew again

Lori
Lori

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did this summer was to have my four grandchildren here for 10 days, without their parents. What a beautiful way to spend summer!

Jeanne
Jeanne

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing i did over the summer was go on the boat with the family. We had a ball.

Nancy Reid
Nancy Reid

September 07, 2018

My favorite thing I did this summer was babysit my two year old grandson and his two year old friend. So much fun. <3

Virginia
Virginia

September 07, 2018

I watched my granddaughter graduate from 8th grade and start high school .Don’t know how that happened , seems like we were just playing with her dolls .

Mary
Mary

September 07, 2018

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! My husband and I are in our mid-50’s with 5 grown children and one grandson. After the recession in 2008 we lost both of our businesses and our home was foreclosed. It has taken us this long to get back on our feet and we feel so BLESSED!!! This will be our forever home and the home for our 4 elderly rescue dogs to live the rest of their years comfortably <3

Detra
Detra

September 07, 2018

I got to spend time and welcome my 9th granddaughter!! She was born June 30th!!

Pamela
Pamela

September 07, 2018

My son had cancer and had it removed this summer, so I guess you could say it was the worst of times and the best of times.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

September 06, 2018

My favorite thing I did over the summer was really my happiest. I had cancer and I had surgery in the early spring and finished Chemo in early summer and just finished Radiation.
I have to say that the favorite thing I did was to get over the treatments and the happiest is that it is done.

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