Reversible Sun Dress for Mini Doll

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Even though right now we have near sub zero temps in Chicago I had this idea as I was sewing my dress for Karen’s sew a-long for December 2013 that this wonderful dress tutorial would be easy to adapt to a dress for a mini doll.2013-12-01 13.54.19

This is my first attempt making the original pattern and here’s the original sundress pattern for the 18: American Girl doll that inspired me: dress tutorial.

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This  dress for the American Girl mini doll is so easy, and I say that as someone who has tried numerous other patterns for mini dolls without success!  It’s also a great pattern to use up those little scraps of fabric that you have laying around.  You can make it with or without the ribbon.

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This is my first time with a pattern piece so I hope that everyone is able to use it!  The 1 inch measurement is to scale, but the others may be slightly off because I rounded them to the nearest 1/4 inch.2014-01-05 11.44.35

First cut out two pattern pieces and if desired two pieces of ribbon at least 6 inches long.  Mine were about 6 inches, but I think that even longer would give more flexibility.  I suggest treating the ends with Fray Check or by melting them to prevent fraying.2014-01-05 11.47.05

Once they are cut out put them right side together and pin the ribbon near each corner of the bodice.

2014-01-05 11.50.05Then making sure not to sew the ribbon into the bottom hem sew the two pieces together leaving an opening to turn it right side out.

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2014-01-05 12.41.59Then turn righ side out, press and topstitch around to secure the opening.

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Finally cut hook and loop or your preferred fastener to length and attach it!2014-01-05 12.57.15

Put it on the doll and admire!  This one has the ribbon wrapped and tied (gently) in the front.

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Then switch it to the other side and admire some more!  This one has it tied at the neck in a big bow.

Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!