Nicki is rocking the red in her cute, bandana dress. It sends such a fun, summer and country vibe! It was easy to sew with elastic at the neck and sleeves (no closures) and pulls on over her feet. I found this doll scale bandana fabric in both red and navy blue at Walmart.
Dress your 18 inch doll like a country singer with a bandana print peasant dress and belt.
Your 18 inch doll will look like a country western pop star in a bandana print Peasant Dress
This is a very simple pattern hack and will work for any size doll, just adjust the measurements to your preferred length. Start with the Playtime Peasant Top Sewing Pattern. It’s available HERE for 18 inch Dolls, and HERE for other popular doll sizes like Bitty Baby and Wellie Wisher, plus more.
Nicki Fleming looks just like a country music pop star in a bandana print Playtime Peasant Dress.
To make this cute dress for your 18 inch doll, simply add one inch to the hem of your Playtime Peasant Top bodice. Cut an additional piece of fabric 3 inches x 30 inches for the ruffle and press it the long way with wrong sides together.
Complete the entire pattern as directed until you get to the hem. You can add the ruffle before or after your sew the 2nd side seam, it’s up to you. Gather the ruffle and with right sides together, attach it to the hem of your dress. Top stitch from the right side of the dress, with the seam allowance towards the dress.
Cut 10 inches of FOLD OVER ELASTIC. Sew the ends together, and use this as a belt. (It also works as a headband!).
Make your 18 inch doll an easy country western peasant dress with the Playtime Peasant Dress Sewing Pattern.
Try a simple sewing pattern for a country diva 18 inch doll dress.
See more ideas for this easy pattern in the Inspiration Gallery. Use it to make a MuuMuu with this tutorial, or use it to make a double ruffle dress with this tutorial.
Find more country and farm themed doll outfits here and here.
Find the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt sewing pattern for 18 inch Dolls like American Girl here.
Find the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt sewing pattern for 16 inch Slim Dolls like a Girl for All Time™ here.
Find the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt sewing pattern for 16 inch Animators Dolls here.
Find the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt sewing pattern for 15 inch Dolls like Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins here.
Find the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt sewing pattern for 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers Dolls here. (Also fits Hearts for Hearts Girls Dolls.)
2 thoughts on “Step it Up Series: Make a Western Peasant Top Dress with a Ruffle with this Easy Sewing Pattern Hack”
Hi Kat!Love this, SO SEW cute!! Very glad to see there’s an Animator version! Question to be sure I’m understanding the hack…it’s ONLY the blouse piece, not the skirt? And the total length adjustment (on AG dolls, I realize it might differ for Animators) is 1″ added to the blouse bottom, PLUS the 3″ ruffle? So only 4″ total added to the bottom of the blouse for AG? Since you found the bandana fabric in red AND blue, it’d be cute to do a ruffled slip/underskirt in the other color, so you’d get two layers of ruffles! Happy Solstice!Lisa Kemp
Hi Lisa! I love your idea of the ruffled underskirt! I’m going to try that. Yes, for this dress, I used JUST the bodice top piece, added 1 inch to the hem. The ruffle is 3 inches, but when you press it in half, it’s only 1.5 inches, so the total added length is 2 inches added after seam allowances. Looking at the animator size, I would try the same thing. Add one inch to the top, then make a finished ruffle of 1 1/2 inches. There is another version, with the longer ruffles on the tutorials page- purple dress with yellow waistband. Use the Playtime Peasant Top and then add the bottom two ruffles of the Playtime Twirl Skirt for a different look.
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