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

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.

Leann
Leann

July 17, 2019

I love spending time with my grandchildren!

Jennette Bennett
Jennette Bennett

July 17, 2019

Sewing a sun dress for myself or my granddaughter with her by my side!!!

Jackie
Jackie

July 17, 2019

My faviorate summer activity is spending time in my sewing room making my doll clothes and making baby clothes for the twins who will be arriving real soon now. Very excited about the babies

Linda
Linda

July 17, 2019

I love to sew. I also enjoy refinishing furniture and re-crafting items for a make-over. I like staying busy and usually have more than one project at a time.

Estelle
Estelle

July 17, 2019

……. hand sewing at the car racing!

Diana
Diana

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is playing with my grand babies!

Lisa
Lisa

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is a family BBQ. I have my children and grandchildren, and my nieces and nephews with their children. There are fireworks across the street at the local park twice a summer and everyone comes to my house.

Sharon
Sharon

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sitting on our covered patio with my husband at the end of a busy day!

Karina Maltby
Karina Maltby

July 17, 2019

“MY FAVORITE SUMMER ACTIVITY Is playing with dolls

Arlana
Arlana

July 17, 2019

…swimming with grandkids in the pool!

Donna White
Donna White

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sewing while on my back yard patio. Any handiwork, embroidery, knitting, hemming. Just enjoying the lovely summer weather, watching our dogs cavorting in the yard. Good times!!

Charlene
Charlene

July 17, 2019

I love just vegetating in the sun.

Irene
Irene

July 17, 2019

Best summer activity….BBQ with friends!

Sue Paone
Sue Paone

July 17, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is road tripping with my furry travel companions … when I’m not brainstorming new sewing projects:)

Denise Darby
Denise Darby

July 17, 2019

My Favorite summer activity is badminton. So much fun.

Jil
Jil

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activities are fishing and gardening!

Joan Andersen
Joan Andersen

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activities are golfing and swimming and birding.p

Margaret I.
Margaret I.

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity would be spending time with my grandchildren or sewing with them or for them.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

July 17, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is designing and sewing fairy clothes for my dolls. Somehow, summer always reminds me of fairy things, and I like surrounding myself with fairy dolls, houses, etc.

Raymonde
Raymonde

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activities are golfing, gardening and a little bit of sewing (rainy days). It’s a time for family camping with grandkids on weekends.

J Goodman
J Goodman

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is hitting up sales and finding great things for our different kids ministries at good prices. Although our home ends up looking like it should be on one of those hoarders intervention shows until Fall when we can finally start offloading all those prizes.

Joyce
Joyce

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activities are spending time with my grandchildren and family.

Maryann
Maryann

July 17, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is having family and friends over and watching everyone have fun eating, swimming and visiting.

Sandra
Sandra

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer pass time is gardening. But, into my sewing room when it gets too warm!

Kay
Kay

July 17, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is going to the nursery to find new plants to fill my garden! It grows bigger and more colorful every year!

Linda
Linda

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sewing! Inside where it is cool.

Linda N
Linda N

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is enjoying our backyard with trees and many birds that share our cherries and use our water feature! This year we watched a mother robin teach her little ones how to hop along the grass and find juicy worms!!

Judy
Judy

July 17, 2019

The little girl in me never grew up. I will always enjoy making new clothes for my dolls. My two granddaughters are entertained with changing the doll’s clothes and playing store.

Darlene
Darlene

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is staying in the cool house and sewing.

Deanna
Deanna

July 17, 2019

Honestly, my favorite summertime activity is sleeping in! No school means no early rising with my girls and more lazy pj days. I love when they play dolls and snuggle with me and watch tv/movies.

Karen Carroll
Karen Carroll

July 17, 2019

My favorite activity for all seasons is sewing doll clothes, making quilts and riding my horses!

Pam R
Pam R

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is picking fresh local fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, cherries and finally fall apples. You can’t beat locally grown and organic orchards are the best!

Ruth
Ruth

July 17, 2019

Since we live up in northern Canada and get a short summer, my favourite summer activity is enjoying every minute of warm sunshine God sends us.

terry
terry

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is stitching up doll clothes “requested” by my granddaughters. Results are not often perfect, but I try my best. Thank you for the awesome dress giveaway.

Angela
Angela

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is the worship arts/choir camp we go to every summer!
The dress is super cute! Thanks for providing the giveaway opportunity!

Debra
Debra

July 17, 2019

I was originally going to respond that, regardless of the season, sewing is my favorite activity. But then I was reading through some of the other responses and noticed someone said yard sales and bam!, yes, that is my favorite summer activity! Thanks for the opportunity to win this adorable outfit!

CdnCrafter
CdnCrafter

July 17, 2019

My favourite summer activity is water play with my 2-year old grandson.

Bee
Bee

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is reading by the seaside.

Sandra
Sandra

July 17, 2019

Since most of our 12 grandchildren live in cold climates, we make the rounds in the summer. I particularly love visiting the girls in Seattle and Poland. (yes, the country’s Poland!) They all have AG dolls for whom I make clothes (matching girl outfits too) and furniture.

Connie
Connie

July 17, 2019

Is shopping in air conditioned fabric stores for winter projects.

Gail
Gail

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activities are gardening and sewing.

Florence
Florence

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is visiting family! I love the longer days and long walks also. Thanks for the pattern hack. I love stripes!

Charlene
Charlene

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is gardening.

Barbara
Barbara

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity (and fall and winter and spring activity, too) is being with my precious granddaughters, all of whom love their dolls. And I love making doll clothes for them. Summer, of course, has the added bonus of being surrounded by lots of gorgeous green and teaching my granddaughters the names of all the flowers.

Banana Bear
Banana Bear

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is our annual family vacation to Martha’s Vineyard Father’s Day week. It’s a great way to begin the summer spending quality time together and sets us up to relax and just enjoy the longer summer days. I come back refreshed with lots of inspiration for new sewing projects.

Kathi
Kathi

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is going to the beach

Jeri
Jeri

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is Vacation Bible School! My whole family looks forward to it all year. We had VBS last week so now we’re starting to plan for next year.

Janet F
Janet F

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is spending uninterrupted time in my sewing room.

Michelle Thomas
Michelle Thomas

July 17, 2019

Love going for a drive in the early evenings. My Chihuahua Maggie Mae loves to go for a ride with mommy too.

Rabbit
Rabbit

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is walking at sunrise and seeing the dew sparkle like a thousand jewels when the sun hits the grass.

Marsha
Marsha

July 17, 2019

MY FAVORITE SUMMER ACTIVITY IS sitting in the screen porch at dusk, reading, and not having the mosquitoes be able to reach me. :)

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

July 17, 2019

After the winter hibernation, my favourite activity is enjoying the sun but most of all it allows me in the quiet hours of the morning to sew to my hearts content!

Beth
Beth

July 17, 2019

I have more than one favorite summer activity, but my main ones are to make Christmas ornaments, read, and work in the garden in the morning while it’s still cool.

Debbie
Debbie

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is going to the beach with my husband, daughter, son in law and granddaughters!

Lucy A
Lucy A

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer time activity is gardening. I am rewarded with yummy food, and beautiful, sometimes fragrant flowers? What better reward is there?

Nancy
Nancy

July 17, 2019

My favourite summer activity is hand finishing sewing projects, knitting or reading out on my front stoop.

Jill D
Jill D

July 17, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is going to the beach with my husband and kids.

Priscilla
Priscilla

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is taking care of my plants on my deck and also sitting out there and sewing or knitting.

Kathy
Kathy

July 17, 2019

My favorite part of summer is just being able to walk barefoot outside. But as far as activities my favorites are riding my bicycle, my motorcycle and working in my flowerbeds.

Fay
Fay

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is working in the garden.

Fay
Fay

July 17, 2019

My favorite summer activity is working in the garden.

Sofia
Sofia

July 17, 2019

My favourite summer activity is going to the lake or pool with the family

Mary R.
Mary R.

July 17, 2019

My favorite summertime activities are sewing and shopping for fabric!

Linda
Linda

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is gardening then cooling off with the kids in the wading pool!

Sheryl Knowles
Sheryl Knowles

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is going to the Shakespearean Festival in Ashland OR, with my family.

Karen
Karen

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sewing in my garden workshop with the sun streaming through the windows and the radio playing.

Sharon Whitfill
Sharon Whitfill

July 16, 2019

“MY FAVORITE SUMMER ACTIVITY IS…..” going to yard sales and auctions

Sandy
Sandy

July 16, 2019

So many wonderful summer favorites! Love to travel – anywhere! From hiking in the Sierras (California), visiting national parks and historic sites, and wining and dining on cruise ships. But, best of all is spending time with family and friends. I love to take along hand sewing to finish up “dolly” dresses.

Moi
Moi

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is working in the yard , this year designing and making a new garden bed of fragrant flowers under the bedroom window.

Diane Cullum
Diane Cullum

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer time activity is sailing.

Connie
Connie

July 16, 2019

I enjoy camping in the summer. I always have a crochet project, knitting or hand sewing with in easy reach while enjoying the out of doors!

Eddie
Eddie

July 16, 2019

my favourite summer activity is working in my garden

Marie
Marie

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sewing with grandma’s treadle sewing machine!! In the winter the room is closed off with no heat so I use the electric machine in the kitchen. The treadle is in front of the window that gets the breeze off Mount Washington!! I can’t see it bec the trees haven’t been cut but I know it is there and I can feel that breeze!! We have a new sun room and a small new screen room for our cats but I may move a machine in there for ME!! Thank you for this giveaway!!

Susan Y.
Susan Y.

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is reading a new book in the hammock in the shade with lemonade.

Laurie
Laurie

July 16, 2019

MY FAVORITE SUMMER ACTIVITY IS RIDING MY BIKE.

Karen L
Karen L

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is playing USTA team tennis. I am on three teams!

Sherril
Sherril

July 16, 2019

I love camping with my family in the summer!

Cindy
Cindy

July 16, 2019

Enjoying the outdoors.

Pat Y
Pat Y

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is our annual family camping trip.

Pat Y
Pat Y

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is our annual family camping trip.

Margaret
Margaret

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is hiking and sewing clothes with my granddaughter for her American Doll.

Arlene
Arlene

July 16, 2019

My favourite summer activity is camping with my family.

Thresea
Thresea

July 16, 2019

Gardening and attending my 13 grandchildrens’s sporting events.

Thelma Parker
Thelma Parker

July 16, 2019

My favourite summer activity is making clothes for my many Barbie, miniature Baby Born and other dolls.

Brisja
Brisja

July 16, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is going to the beach with my husband and son.

Nancy
Nancy

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity (beside my sewing) is planting and tending my flowers. Love seeing all the beautiful colors.

rosemary kelley
rosemary kelley

July 16, 2019

My favourite summer activity is getting to see my grandsons. and i love to sew .i hope i win

Heather McLaughlin
Heather McLaughlin

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is going to Apple Annie’s Orchard to pick peaches.

Frances
Frances

July 16, 2019

“MY FAVORITE SUMMER ACTIVITY IS our annual family reunion at the beach.

Frankie Green
Frankie Green

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is watching my great grandchildren play in the sprinkler.

Sue C
Sue C

July 16, 2019

My favorite summertime activities are shopping and sewing!

Jane Parks
Jane Parks

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is going to craft festivals

Linda A C
Linda A C

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is visiting with my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter.

Doris
Doris

July 16, 2019

My Favorite Summer Activity is vacationing with the grand kids!!!!

Linda A C
Linda A C

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is visiting with my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter.

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity: staying inside sewing 14" & 18" doll clothing, as I live in southern AZ. Since it’s often HOT (today 115 degrees), we just stay home a LOT, so sewing doll clothes under the ceiling fan w/ice water in my insulated mug is my FAV pasttime. Working hard this summer as I’ve decided to try to sell some of my many creations.

Lyn K
Lyn K

July 16, 2019

My favourite activity is swimming in the outdoor pool.

Carmelita
Carmelita

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sitting on my porch swing and watching the birds and squirrels.

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