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Make a Fashion Doll "Dressy" Dress

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Does your fashion doll have somewhere special to go but nothing dressy to wear? Well, we have the solution to her problem. This dress is so easy to make a child can do it, but it is dressy enough to wear to a movie premier or the ballet.

 
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Step 1: What you will need

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This dress is a sheath with a cape. The way the fabric falls makes a sort of collar-shaped front over the bust.

Picture 1: You need a piece of fabric that looks great on both sides. This fabric shows the same, front and back. You can also use satin which shows shiny on one side and flat on the other or any other. Satin-backed velvet would be great too.

You also need a matching piece of ribbon and a sewing machine.

Step 2: Measure your fabric

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To determine the width of fabric you need, simply lay your fashion doll on the end of the fabric, rolling the end over the doll like in the photo. Make sure the fabric reaches all the way around the bust and hip area of your doll since these are the largest areas. You need to add an extra 1/4 inch (seam allowance) to your measurement to allow room to sew the dress together.

To determine the length of the fabric, you need about 1 1/3 the length that you doll is tall. Our fashion doll is about 12 inches. Our final dimension ended up at 16 inches.

Cut your fabric with a rotary cutter or scissors.

Also, measure your ribbon. Your ribbon needs to be as long as your dress is wide.
Joe Martin4 years ago
It's wonderful how you've incorporated your child into this, You've got brilliant pictures. You've ticked all the boxes in my mind for a great instructable even though the content doesn't necessary interest me (No offence meant!) it's great! 5*
kylara70 (author)  Joe Martin4 years ago
Thanks for the compliments! I did submit this to the contest and I am waiting for them to accept it since their contest is moderated. :) Whoo hoo! I am glad that you think it "worthy". Also, my daughter took all the photos that she was not in. Best, Carol
canida kylara704 years ago
Whoa, that's awesome!
BTW, Will you be entering this into the Kids Craft contest at all?

http://www.instructables.com/contest/kidscrafts/
Warlrosity4 years ago
Very well written, and great you got your kid involved.
Mr. Rig It4 years ago
Gotta love it when the kids get involved. Good job with both the instructable and getting you child involved.
kylara70 (author) 4 years ago
This is my first Instructable and I would love to hear any constructive criticism. Did I leave anything important out? Please let me know. Also, I would LOVE to know if you made this and how it went.
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