The tropical climate of Hawaii is perfect for floral sundresses of all styles! A quick google search for “Hawaiian Dress” or “Hawaiian Muumuu” will show you thousands of pretty island dresses. There are many styles, so it seems that however you make yours, it will be perfect for Nanea, American Girl®’s newest BeForever character from Hawaii!
This post is one in a series of four STEP IT UP SERIES posts of easy Hawaiian Dresses to make from Oh Sew Kat! Patterns. Hopefully you already own one or two and can get started right away!
The easiest way to make a Hawaiian dress is to simply sew your favorite sleeveless, sundress pattern is a bright, floral print. Keep the size of your doll in mind as you select your fabric; you don’t want the flowers to be bigger than she is!
The Sugan n Spice pattern is perfect! Click the image below to purchase and download it today.
Step 1. Choose the Seeveless pinafore, print and cut out your pieces as directed in the pattern with a skirt length of 6.5 inches. Cut a strip of fabric for the ruffle: 2.75 x 45 inches (or WOF, the width of your fabric).
Step 2. Construct your dress according to the pattern directions but do not sew a hem.
Step 3. Zigzag or serge finish one long edge of your ruffle strip, press it up 1/4th inch and stitch hem in place. Gather the top edge of the ruffle.
Step 4. With right sides together, pin the ruffle to the skirt, and stitch in place. Top stitch from the right side. Complete the dress according to the pattern instructions.
Traditional Hawaiian Muumuu dresses are a little longer than a usual dress, and often have a wide ruffle at the hem. Harper’s pink dress is made with ModKid fabric called Mezzanine.
You don’t have to do a ruffle! Take your “ruffle strip”, fold it in half with wrong sides together, and press it well. Add it to the right side of your dress hem, then turn it under and top stitch. You can play with your patterns with this banded hem version. Grace looks so pretty in blue!
Your Nanea doll will look beautiful in a handmade Hawaiian sundress!
The Sugar n Spice pattern is perfect for Hawaiian dresses and Halloween costumes, as well as the perfect every day dress for school or holidays. Check out the Inspiration Gallery and this blog post to see more Sugar n Spice dresses.
Who else can’t get enough Hawaiian dresses lately? Check out this post and this post to see how to make more Hawaiian Dresses! Did you enjoy this post? Share it on facebook, twitter and pinterest from the links below! Thanks for stopping by!