Thursday, May 29, 2014

Edelweiss Dress for a Six-Year-Old and her 18" Doll

I just realized this is the third year in a row that I have sewed Louisa a summer dress in sarah jane prints! This year it is Wee Wander, Summer Night Lights in Magenta. The bodice is Meandering in Petal.

The pattern is the Edelweiss Dress by hey june of Crafterhours.

I sewed the buttons on the long tab (rather than the left side as written) so that I could move them when she is bigger, but for now the extra width is hidden when the buttons are hooked. The skirt is plenty long so there is room to grow!

Apparently I have become type-A as far as finishing seams, so I lined the ruffles with a dark pink satin (same as on her washi sleeves). I even understitched the lining to make it extra tidy. I made the side seams french seams, and pressed and turned the center back seam. The skirt/bodice seam is bound in matching bias tape (Kona Cotton in Candy Pink).

For her American Girl Doll, Rebecca, I drafted a matching scaled-down pattern myself. Using the full size pattern pieces as my guide, I measured Rebecca and drew new pattern pieces on freezer paper in her size. It was actually pretty easy! Since I was familiar with the pattern from having just sewn it, it was simple to scale down and came together faster than Louisa's.

She just has one button, and no room to grow. ;)

I handled the seams the same way, just 1/4" ones though, with the exception of zig-zagging the bodice seam instead of binding it. (I'm not THAT crazy).

I love how the firefly placement on Rebecca's skirt turned out. It was hard to decide where to cut it since the scale is obviously too large for her to get the full border print on her little skirt.

Happy 6th Birthday, Louisa!


  1. I love both of these! she will always remember these dresses and this special birthday. :)

  2. both the dresses fit perfectly and are finished really well. Lovely job :)

  3. You made this beautifully! Thanks for the tips! I will be using the button tip for sure!


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