A List Maker's Life: Paper Doll

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Paper Doll

The weather isn’t traveling anywhere near where my mind is this week, regardless we are washing snow clothes, packing them away, and working on a summer wardrobe.

I’m sure that if I did a little searching I would find a fancy, real pattern for this dress I will show you, but Anne Hope and I created our own with inspiration from a fun piece of fabric and a hand-me-down dress from a friend.


{fabric: Paper Doll}

Since I know my limitations with my sewing machine I used a store made tank shirt for the top.  I measured from where I wanted the baby doll type skirt to fall on my model and chopped off the bottom of the tank appropriately.  Toss.


Next, we loosey goosey wrapped the fabric around Anne’s waist to figure out how much gather we wanted and approximately how long we wanted the dress to be.  Made a few notes with our straight pins and cut off the extras. 

I hemmed the bottom seam first so the edge would look neat, even though I am certain that a professional seamstress always does that last.  Anyway, time for my first gathering stitches ever.  I think I figured it out… If you, like me, have no idea what a gathering stitch is there are a few different tutorials on YouTube that I found to be helpful.

Once gathered, I pinned the inside of the skirt to the inside of the tank top before sewing them together. Being totally transparent, I need to tell you I took the entire thing apart after this step because I didn’t love how the gathers were laying once they were sewed together.  After the re-do I was much happier with how it all looked. 


Originally I intended to put sweet bitty knot flowers all along the collar of the tank top.  However, we bought and cut that piece on St. Patrick’s Day and somehow in the excitement of our leprechaun lunch the all white tank top found it’s way into the green food coloring along with everything else that afternoon. 


So…our sweet little flowers needed to find their way into an interesting arrangement that covered the mess.  When the dress was finished I hand stitched the flowers on.


And, that’s that! 


We made it a complete outfit by creating a matching headband: one much larger fabric flower, hot glued to felt and attached to an elastic band.  Sweet!


Welcome Spring! Her wardrobe is on the way even if the sunshine isn’t.


  1. So cute I will have to try it out myself!
    thanks Katie

  2. beautiful mama! Lovely work, as always !!!!

  3. Very cute! I love making t-shirt dresses, but have only made them with long sleeves. I don't know why I never thought of using a tank top!

  4. well, that is just adorable but you shouldn't have tossed the bottom of the tank. You could us it to make to waistband for a yoga skirt for her!! here is a link.

  5. Way to go Katie!! So cute! I have one of those on my project list too! Now I have some inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

  6. See the power of positive thinking within you. God bless you

  7. Oh my gosh... awesome! I love it!

    Thanks for sharing this at last week's For the Kids Friday Link Party! This week's party is in full swing. I'd love to have you stop by and join in on the fun!




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