Welcome back to Oh Sew Kat! Your one stop shop for PDF sewing patterns for your dolls. I’ve been playing around with my Valentine fabric…and came up with this super cute dress for the new Girl of the Year, Blaire Wilson, who just joined our family this week!
Make a sweet dress with the School Bell Blouse sewing pattern.
First, you will need the pattern. Click the photo to purchase this pattern for 18 inch dolls, 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™ and Glitter Girls®, and 16 inch Animators’ princess dolls.
This dress is made from View B, or the School Bell Blouse with the peplum., shown in green on the right on the pattern cover. You don’t even need to make very many changes to turn this cute top into a fun dress! Click here to see another tutorial to make a dress using view A. You can make so many different tops and dresses from just one pattern!
- Print out your pattern pieces. Measure up one inch from the bottom of the bodice front and back, and cut on this new line. This will make the bodice more of an empire waisted dress. You can also leave this piece as is and keep the waistline at the natural waist.
- Do not cut the peplum out. Instead, cut a “skirt” piece that measures 7 x 36 inches. Finish one long edge, and press up 3/8th inch. Stitch the hem in place.
- Follow the pattern as directed, using your gathered skirt instead of the peplum piece when you come to that step.
- Finish your dress with a pretty bow, or sparkly belt. Use ribbon, fold over elastic or other fun trim. I used some glitter trim I found at Hobby Lobby and added velcro to the ends like a belt, so I can use it with other outfits too!