July 15, 2019

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Playing With Stripes Pattern Hack

Sew a lively variation of the Forever 18 Inches Versatility Dress with this simple pattern hack! Follow along as we show you how to make a few slight modifications to the existing pattern pieces to create a dress that highlights the use of striped fabric. The bodice pieces are used as printed, just placed on the fabric in a unique way. The skirt piece is modified into different measurements to create the horizontal striped border accent. Read through the tutorial below before cutting out your fabric to be sure you cut the pieces necessary for the "playing with stripes" design idea.

* GIVEAWAY* Would you like an opportunity to win the dress pictured here? Scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter the giveaway! 

Featured Pattern: You can use either the 18" or 14-14.5" size of the Versatility Dress pattern. (Note - If you don't have those patterns, you could also use these ideas in similar style dresses or simple rectangular style skirts).

 

Fabric Needed:  14" Dolls

-5/6 yd. lightweight to medium weight woven fabric with a 1/8" wide stripe (other widths can be used; just be sure that the scale is appropriate for dolls)

- 1/6 yd. lightweight fabric such as batiste or lawn for the Bodice Lining

- Optional:  1/6 yd. of contrast fabric for a tie belt

 

Fabric Needed:  18" Dolls

- One yd. lightweight to medium weight woven fabric with a 1/8" wide stripe (other widths can be used; just be sure that the scale is appropriate for dolls)

- 1/6 yd. lightweight fabric such as batiste or lawn for the Bodice Lining

- Optional:  1/6 yd. of contrast fabric for a tie belt

 

Other Supplies:

- Matching thread

- Small, very sharp scissors

- Snaps or hook and loop to close the back of the dress

 

To begin:  

1.  The Bodice Modification - Cut the Bodice Center Front (Pattern Piece A) on the cross grain instead of the straight grain.  Cut the Bodice Side Front Panels (Pattern Piece B) on the straight grain as directed in the pattern instructions.

2. Skirt Pattern Piece Modification

  • For 18" dolls:  Cut a rectangle from the striped fabric measuring 5-1/2" x 30-1/2" on the STRAIGHT grain.  (The stripes should lay in a vertical direction on the skirt.)   Next, cut another rectangle on the CROSS grain measuring 1.5" x 30.5".  The stripes should lay in a horizontal direction on the dress. 
  • For 14" - 14.5" dolls: Cut a rectangle from the striped fabric measuring 4-3/8" x 27" on the STRAIGHT grain.  (The stripes should lay in a vertical direction on the skirt.)   Next, cut another rectangle on the CROSS grain measuring 1-3/8" x 27".  The stripes should lay in a horizontal direction on the dress.

3.  Pin the narrow rectangle to the wider rectangle lengthwise, RIGHT sides together.  Stitch the two rectangles together.

4.  Using small, sharp scissors, trim off half of the seam allowance on the narrow rectangle only.

5.  Serge or zigzag finish the edge of the seam.  Press the seam so that it's facing down towards the bottom hemline.

6. Working from the RIGHT side, pin the seam in place.  Stitch a scant 1/8" onto the narrow rectangle below the seam.  This will hold the seam in place.  Press.

7.  Finish the dress according to the pattern instructions.

  • For 18" dolls:  Proceed by following the directions for the lined princess bodice found in the Option 1 Dress (Steps 1-10) for the Versatility Dress pattern for 18" dolls.  Follow the directions for attaching the Skirt in the Option 2 (Steps 9-20) directions for the Versatility Dress pattern for 18" dolls. 
  • For 14" - 15" dolls:  Proceed by following the directions for the lined princess bodice found in the Option 1 directions (Steps 1-13) for the Versatility Dress for 14" - 14.5" dolls.  Follow the directions for attaching the Skirt in the Option 2 directions (Steps 11- 20) for 14" - 14.5" dolls.  

CONGRATULATIONS!  You're finished!

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

We will be giving away this darling striped dress for 14 - 14.5" dolls, to one lucky winner! 

To enter the contest, leave a comment below finishing this sentence...

"MY FAVORITE SUMMER ACTIVITY IS....."

We'll pick a winner on Monday, July 22nd, and get in touch via email.  Thanks for entering and good luck!

Happy Sewing!

Karen & The PF Team


100 Comments

Tara
Tara

August 21, 2019

Where I live it is often in the nineties with a heat index well over a hundred so I spend my time inside sewing. I love sewing doll dresses for my churches annual bazar in November and have recently learned my young nieces have new Wellie Wisher dolls so am having fun dreaming up outfits to these dolls.

leeanne Hennessy
leeanne Hennessy

August 05, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sewing doll clothes for my grandaughters atm :-) its sew addictive.

Francoise
Francoise

July 31, 2019

My favourite summer activity is making doll clothes outdoor and to enjoy the beautiful weather at the same time

Jackie Emter
Jackie Emter

July 27, 2019

My favorite is planting an watching the garden grow!

Heidi Brown
Heidi Brown

July 26, 2019

My favorite summer activity is staying inside in the air conditioning and sewing all day!

Barbara
Barbara

July 21, 2019

my favorite thing to do in the summer (or any time)is to sew, either for my granddaughters or my friends. I am especially interested in sewing the historical clothing. I am currently working on Betsy Ross and George Washington. No better time than July!

Barbara
Barbara

July 21, 2019

I love this dress!I It looks cool and inviting for summer activities.

Heidi
Heidi

July 21, 2019

My favorite summer activity is taking walks with my grandkids in the evenings.

Sandy
Sandy

July 20, 2019

My favorite summer activity is swimming in our pool with my grandkids:)

Julie
Julie

July 20, 2019

My favorite summer activity is gardening. We love to eat the fresh vegetables we raise and share the excess with friends. I cannot wait for fresh tomatoes and sweet corn to eat; there is nothing else like them! I love the hack and can see many possibilities for using it. Thanks for sharing!

Ruth
Ruth

July 20, 2019

My favorite summer activity is cooking out. If I get a beach trip, that’s an added plus! BTW, this dress is adorable! I love the stripes and bright color!

Jane
Jane

July 19, 2019

Sitting outside in my lawn chair, where I can do almost anything, for free!$

Pat
Pat

July 19, 2019

MY FAVORITE SUMMER ACTIVITY IS hiking with my husband, 2 dogs and friends.

Leticia
Leticia

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is going to my water aerobics class and splashing around in the pool!

Nancy Zykan
Nancy Zykan

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is playing golf.

Deborah
Deborah

July 19, 2019

My favourite summer activity is knitting doll clothes for my grand daughter, Liara, who loves to dress and redress her dolls many times! Ta, Deb

Lisa
Lisa

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is to sit back and watch the flowers I planted in the spring blooming.

Caroline Landrum
Caroline Landrum

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is gardening, especially with my granddaughter.

Tara
Tara

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is camping.

KateE
KateE

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is visiting family and friends, outdoor picnics, flea markets, and other events. Summer is for celebrating the outdoors!

Winona
Winona

July 19, 2019

My favorite hobby is making doll clothes for my granddaughters

Trudy
Trudy

July 19, 2019

My summer fun is traveling with my husband and two mini doxies in our RV. By the way I always have sewing projects and machine with me to sew on the go for my dolls and customers.

Annette
Annette

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sewing with my now 16 year old daughter. For 5 years, while on summer breaks, we have sewn hundreds of pillowcases for Ronald McDonald Houses in Albuquerque, Amarillo, Lubbock and El Paso, as well as for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Hospital, and local Veterans in our county’s nursing homes. We have given away more than 800 pillowcases. We aren’t finished yet this summer, but have 200 more pillowcases so far, on the dining room table to deliver later this year. She is starting her senior year in the fall. I will miss these days.

Diana
Diana

July 19, 2019

My favorite thing to do in the summer is canning.

Marylin
Marylin

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is curling up with a good book.

Peggy
Peggy

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is going to the pool or lake to swim, spending my afternoons sewing and my evenings working on homemade Christmas ornaments for family and friends .

Agi
Agi

July 19, 2019

My Summer activity is sewing clothes for Dolls

Sherry M.
Sherry M.

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is picking and eating the zucchini from my garden!

Jan
Jan

July 19, 2019

My favorite Summer activity is spending time with Family!

Marilyn
Marilyn

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is traveling to visit family. We live a long ways from family and I enjoy when we can go to visit, which is always in the summer.

Karen
Karen

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer thing to do is hearing children laugh and giggle at the beach

Barb
Barb

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is spending time with my family. I taught my daughters how to sew and now I am teaching my granddaughters how to sew. It is a fun way to be able to spend time with them and still teach them something that is very useful. Thanks for everything.

Patricia
Patricia

July 19, 2019

Actually, I am NOT a summer person, as I am the indoor type. And, although it’s more a cold winter’s day…snow day….activity, SEWING is my all around FAVORITE activity, no matter WHAT season it is. Love making my doll clothes the best! Thanks for all the WONDERFUL patterns, ‘YOU’ designers AND Cinnamon & Company for offering all those WONDERFUL designs!

Juanita Owenby
Juanita Owenby

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is gardening in pots. I’m handicapped and can’t handle a regular garden. But, then again, there are my joys of cross stitching in the evenings, and also writing, as I am a published writer (Nita Welch Owenby, “Lola Sue, Lost Child of Appalachia”, etc.). However, I can’t stay away from making doll clothes, repairing dolls, and I’m forever experimenting with patterns. “Playing with Stripes” was great! I’ve been a doll collector for 73 years and my precious husband and I live in a doll house. Thanks Pixie Faire and all your wonderful creators! I’m forever greatful!

Lori baxter
Lori baxter

July 19, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is spending time with my granddaughters at the park or the beach. This year also teaching them to sew doll clithes.

Penny Kline
Penny Kline

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity at home is working in my vegetable garden. I inherited my childhood home and my garden is in the same spot my dad always had his. He was an avid vegetable gardener and kept the soil rich with compost. Now I continue the tradition of providing fresh vegetables for my grown sons and grandchildren as I always produce wayyyyyyyy to much for just me! (But my favorite not at home summer activity is walking a beach and collecting shells – think 2 week vacation on any of the east coast beaches!)

Debbie
Debbie

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity if sewing and going on vacation with the grandkids. We have been through 11 states so far!

Rosabelle
Rosabelle

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activities are going for walks, biking, swimming, and relaxing. Thanks for the giveaway!
God Bless,
♡Rosabelle♡

Judith Martinez
Judith Martinez

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is swimming.

Jen H
Jen H

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity was going to Croatia and swimming in the Adriatic Sea with my family.

Sparkle
Sparkle

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is baseball. The balmy summer evenings spent in a ballpark are super relaxing and fun. Thanks for this smart and lovely pattern hack. I’m excited about making it.

Sarah
Sarah

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activities are going to the lake, playing with the kids, eating dinner out under the veranda and going to our cabin.

Jennifer
Jennifer

July 19, 2019

Going tubing at the river with my family.

Cathy
Cathy

July 19, 2019

Knitting on the porch enjoying the breeze and my flowers.

Anna
Anna

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is getting together with my sister to make things for my granddaughter. We are having so much fun putting together a quilt right now. My sister works as a school counselor and summer vacations seem to be getting shorter and shorter. We also live 144 miles apart, so we can’t get together as often as we’d like to.

Linda
Linda

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is bicycling to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors. Bonuses: cookouts, vacation, gardening, longer days, enjoying freedom from winter coats and snowy roads.

Heather
Heather

July 19, 2019

My favourite summer activity is attending the fringe festival in Calgary. Many up and coming writers and actors are featured in the performances.

Vicki
Vicki

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sipping on a cool refreshing drink (tea, soda) while sewing, reading, or cross stitching.

Stephanie Kolitsch
Stephanie Kolitsch

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is spending time with my mom making doll clothes and crocheting.

Teresa
Teresa

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is going to the beach and snorkeling.

Cathy F.
Cathy F.

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer thing to do is going for cruises seeing the beauty of the area we live in. Sewing doll clothes is definitely on the list of favorite things to do anytime.

Tracy
Tracy

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is to enjoy being in nature hiking along a creek.

Heidi Woodard
Heidi Woodard

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is going to baseball games!

Joyce
Joyce

July 19, 2019

My favorite activity this summer is going to the splash park with my grandkids

Dottie
Dottie

July 19, 2019

MY FAVORITE (this) SUMMER’s ACTIVITY IS….
reading while trying to stay cool in this hot Arizona desert heat! :~D

Phyllis Morris
Phyllis Morris

July 19, 2019

My favorite activity is to go fabric and idea surfing and just thinking about the next project I am going to make.

Darlene Pruitt
Darlene Pruitt

July 19, 2019

I love this pattern hack! This dress is perfect for summer (and my doll)😁
Thank you Forever18” and Pixie Faire.
Good luck everyone❤️

deb
deb

July 19, 2019

My favourite summer activity is being in outside in the air…working, gardening, swimming, camping, hiking, kayaking.

Candy
Candy

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sewing doll clothes at home, at grandsons sporting practices, and while waiting for his sporting events to start. There’s always hand work, snaps, and embroidery to work on!

Martha K F
Martha K F

July 19, 2019

Love the blue and white stripe variations.

mariann
mariann

July 19, 2019

I love to sew… I am in the process of decorating my sewing corner to be “summer” all year round. We have very long winters and I want to hold on to the “summer in the sewing room” feeling

Connie Behm
Connie Behm

July 19, 2019

My favorite summer activity is spending time with my grandchildren while they are on summer vacation,

Carol Podmore
Carol Podmore

July 19, 2019

I am Happy sewing and being with my family as i suffer anxiety and can’t get out much thank you for the chance to win xx

MarjoryW
MarjoryW

July 18, 2019

My favorite summer activity is working in my perennial and herb gardens, unless it is too hot, and then my favorite activity is sewing doll clothing, of course.

Donna Deters
Donna Deters

July 18, 2019

My favorite summer activity is taking my walks so i do not gain weight.

Sharon
Sharon

July 18, 2019

My favorite summer activity is taking care of my rhubarb patch and my flower beds. AND
babysitting my Grandchildren and playing outdoors on the swings!

Carole
Carole

July 18, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is sitting in the backyard watching my cats enjoy being outdoors

FRANCES
FRANCES

July 18, 2019

I LOVE SITTING IN MY DINING ROOM WITH MY 2 CHIHUAHUAS AND MY AMAZON PARROT (LOL) WORKING ON DOLL CLOTHES.

Linda Clark
Linda Clark

July 18, 2019

My favourite summer activity is going out side and seeing no snow.

Sandra
Sandra

July 18, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sitting on the balcony at 5 am with a pot of coffee or hot tea and enjoying the silence and listening to the birds. Believe it or not I live at the beach and never go there…I hate sand. lol. Summer also brings 5 birthdays which means cakes and sleepover parties. Thanks for the chance to win.

Leslie Loren
Leslie Loren

July 18, 2019

Sitting on the back porch in my rocking chair with a cup of coffee or Margarita.

Debbie
Debbie

July 18, 2019

My favorite activity in the summer is to spend time with my family at the beach soaking up the sun. I also enjoy cutting patterns for winter sewing.

Kathleen Cummings
Kathleen Cummings

July 18, 2019

My favorite summer activity is playing a round of golf on our beautiful course with girl friends or my husband and another couple.

Cristy
Cristy

July 18, 2019

My favorite summer time activity is spending time at the pool with my Granddaughters and Nieces!

S
S

July 18, 2019

My favorite summer activity is spending time outdoors.

Nancy
Nancy

July 17, 2019

Happy sewing

Kari
Kari

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is visiting our family’s lake house and spending long the day swimming with my kids.

Joanne
Joanne

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is working in my garden and watching the plants grow and produce delicious veggies!

Kim
Kim

July 17, 2019

Gardening and playing with the grandchildren.

Rebecca
Rebecca

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is reading! As a teacher, I don’t often have time to do it for fun during the school year.

Love the stripes modification and will have to give it a try.

kathy
kathy

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is spending time with my niece and creating things for her American Girl dolls.

Charisse
Charisse

July 17, 2019

My favorite activity is to have my grandchildren spends week with me.

Diane R
Diane R

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is going to my nephew’s house for his 4th of July party. All the relatives are there from our and his wife’s side of the family. Everyone brings a dish to share and afterwards there is really great fireworks. It’s so nice to see people that we normally don’t see very often. The oldest one there was my dad, and he will be 91 in October.

Diane
Diane

July 17, 2019

Sewing doll clothes for my granddaughter and playing baby dolls with her. I don’t get out much, except to go to physical therapy three times a week. I walked without a walker for the first time in seven years this week!

Joy
Joy

July 17, 2019

So cute. My pick is is the garden design. My favourite summer thing camping and fishing with the whole family

Amy G
Amy G

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is our family gatherings. My parents, my 5 siblings and all of our children make for a large but super fun day with corn hole, basketball and lots of food!

Anita
Anita

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is reading outside under a tree.

Jana
Jana

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is camping with my family. We have the best adventures

Pam
Pam

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is eating local, fresh fruit and veggies from our local farmers and supporting farmers’ markets. My family likes to pick fresh strawberries, blueberries and cherries. Everyone benefits!!

Rebecca
Rebecca

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is gardening and cookouts with friends!

Pam
Pam

July 17, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is sewing for 18 inch American Girl dolls! I also enjoy sewing for nyself.

Den H
Den H

July 17, 2019

One of my favorite summer time activities is to sit outside reading a good book. Of course the cat and dog are sitting near by.

Nancy
Nancy

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sewing on buttons and snaps on the last six months of doll and baby sewing and knitting projects while sipping iced tea poolside!!

Pat S
Pat S

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is MOWING!!! I know, hard to believe!!!

catherine
catherine

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is to garden in the cool hours and either sew or crochet when it is hot.

MARTY
MARTY

July 17, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is reading a good book and sipping a tall glass of sweet tea either on the screened porch or inside in the air conditioning.

Lisa
Lisa

July 17, 2019

Stitching doll clothes for kids in the hospital, & spending time with family/friends at the beach are my favorite summer activities!⛱

Laura T
Laura T

July 17, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is more sewing time opportunities due to the slowed down schedules/obligations!

Frances
Frances

July 17, 2019

My favourite summertime activity is sitting on the beach with my bare toes burrowing in the sand or rearranging the pebbles.

Janis Hoffman
Janis Hoffman

July 17, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is watching my grandchildren jumping and tumbling on their trampoline.

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