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


66 Comments

Lesley from NE
Lesley from NE

July 16, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is being with my kids on vacation.

Elizabeth Smith
Elizabeth Smith

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is finding waterfalls!

Dorothy
Dorothy

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is visiting with my daughters and grandchildren.

Linda
Linda

July 16, 2019

My favorite summertime activity is spending time with my DD when she comes home from college. And taking a family vacation with her and DH. And any chance I sew anytime of the year is my favorite activity.

Patti
Patti

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is playing with my grandkids!

Donna
Donna

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is taking courses from Sewing with Cinnamon. I live in Phoenix, and it is soooo hot during the day you have to stay inside. So what better occupation inside than learning new skills??? I’m so happy I found this wonderful website! I’m new to the world of making doll clothes, although Barbie had some new outfits back in the late ‘80s when my daughters were young. I can’t believe how beautiful the patterns are now for bigger dolls! Thank you!

Pat
Pat

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is gardening.

Sherry
Sherry

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is time with family at our cabin.

Mary
Mary

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is seeing doll clothes and taking care of our lawn!

Kathleen Cummings
Kathleen Cummings

July 16, 2019

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

Kathy
Kathy

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is taking care of my small garden and making doll clothes for all the little girls I know.

Janet
Janet

July 16, 2019

My favorite Summer activity is practically NO activity – I love sitting on the deck, in the shade of the big umbrella Being outdoors makes anything feel like a priveldge – reading a book, doing some hand sewing, talking with my husband or a friend, it just all seems better when I am outside and surrounded by fresh air and green grass.

Janet P
Janet P

July 16, 2019

My favorite Summer activity is practically NO activity – I love sitting on the deck, in the shade of the big umbrella Being outdoors makes anything feel like a priveldge – reading a book, doing some hand sewing, talking with my husband or a friend, it just all seems better when I am outside and surrounded by fresh air and green grass.

Nancy
Nancy

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is working with the 4-H club members I lead on getting their projects, from sewing to photography to wearable art to any number of crafts, ready for them to enter in the county fair.

Chriss
Chriss

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is staying inside in the air conditioning.

Kathy G.
Kathy G.

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is to be a staff member of Champions For Life Camp. It’s a camp for the abandoned, abused and neglected kids in the Forster Care System. I’ve been volunteering for the last 16 years. To love on a child and speak truth into their lives is so rewarding.

Patty Stanton
Patty Stanton

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activites are going to a body of water and just listening to the sound of the waves. It’s so relaxing.

Nadine
Nadine

July 16, 2019

Cute dress! My favorite Summer activity is going to amusement parks with my daughter.

Joy
Joy

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sitting on a rock with my feet in the water of the Yuba River.

Charlotte
Charlotte

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is spending quality time with my granddaughter. We read, shop, cook, attend church activities, and just chill together. In a few years I hope to teach her to sew.

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is hanging out in the pool with my children and grandchildren

Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn

July 16, 2019

My all time favorite summer activity is riding my horse, Chick!

Sue D
Sue D

July 16, 2019

MY FAVORITE SUMMER ACTIVITY IS….gardening and crafting with the grandchildren.

Louise
Louise

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is learning new things with the sewing machine.

Mary Heisler
Mary Heisler

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer passtime is gardening

Janet
Janet

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is spending the day at my aunt’s house enjoying the pool and time spent together as a family

Eileen Jackson
Eileen Jackson

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sewing and sitting out in my swing and also going to the lake.

Cheri
Cheri

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sewing…I have much more time when school is out.

Maureen
Maureen

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is gardening.

France
France

July 16, 2019

My favorite activity is swimming and going to the chalet.

Darlene W.
Darlene W.

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer (and spring, and fall) activity is camping.

Mary Wezner
Mary Wezner

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is enjoying our pool! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway – such a beautiful dress!

Joyce
Joyce

July 16, 2019

My fav summer activity is volunteer gardening at our local Botanic Park, helping create a little piece of heaven for local and international visitors to enjoy.

Heidi B
Heidi B

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is swimming. Thanks for providing this awesome giveaway!

Karen
Karen

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is rock hunting at the beach.

Sandra
Sandra

July 16, 2019

Spending time with my family, children and granddaughters

Jerry
Jerry

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is working on the memory books for and of my husband who was a dive bomber pilot in World War Two, and flew helicopters during Korea and Viet Nam as an air sea rescue pilot. So far there are over twenty books of pictures as I remember his life.. We had 70 years and 4 months together. Two young great grand girls like our sewing days, they get new doll dresses that way.

Charlene
Charlene

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is gardening and sewing.

Cynthia
Cynthia

July 16, 2019

My favourite summer activity is sewing clothes and quilts for many of my dolls. Thank you for offering the possibility to win such a lovely dress. Happy summer!

Jo Collins
Jo Collins

July 16, 2019

Relaxing at the lake, swimming, feet in water, canoeing .

Carole
Carole

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is exploring with my granddaughters! We have a beautiful city!

Sandra Cox
Sandra Cox

July 16, 2019

My Favorite Summer Activity is swimming.

Jacqueline
Jacqueline

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is exploring all the native ruins in New Mexico where I live. Gives me an opportunity to hike as well!

This dress is adorable! It would look so cute on my 2 great nieces’ Wellie Wishers!

Bridgette Shippy
Bridgette Shippy

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is walking.

Bridgette
Bridgette

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is walking.

Christine
Christine

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is sewing as I don’t always get to do alot of it, comparatively speaking, during the school year.

Lee
Lee

July 16, 2019

I tried to copy your hack but none of the pictures will print. I have a Mac with LibraOffice and no Microsoft Word. Any chance you can put it online as a PDF?

Nancy Piipke
Nancy Piipke

July 16, 2019

I enjoy walking my dog

Rhonda
Rhonda

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is canoeing and swimming with my Grandchildren.

Doris
Doris

July 16, 2019

MY FAVORITE SUMMER ACTIVITY IS. gardening.

Nancy Piipke
Nancy Piipke

July 16, 2019

I enjoy walking my dog

Lee Gilmer
Lee Gilmer

July 16, 2019

I don’t know why my comment went in 3 times!

Linda
Linda

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is playing dolls with my granddaughters.

Lee Gilmer
Lee Gilmer

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is early morning gardening.

Lee Gilmer
Lee Gilmer

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is early morning gardening.

Lori Morton
Lori Morton

July 16, 2019

My favorite Summer activity is spending time with the Grangirlie..in yard & flowers, sewing for her & her dolls, and cooking yummy things in the kitchen! :) She has a Heart t9 Heart doll…Dell.. She would love this dress!! Tjhank you for tutorial..& for chance to win the dress made up! :D

Roxanne
Roxanne

July 16, 2019

Sewing

Debbie S
Debbie S

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer ( as well as spring winter and fall!) activity is spending time creating in my new sewing room !

Lauren EM
Lauren EM

July 16, 2019

My favourite summer activity is floating down the channel in the Okanagan!

Jennifer
Jennifer

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is spending time with friends and family at the beach and pool during the day. In the evening, my favorite summer activity is sewing!

Joyce
Joyce

July 16, 2019

Wishing I could sew but trying to remodel a house so I can unpack and sew.

Amanda VS
Amanda VS

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is swimming

Candace
Candace

July 16, 2019

My favourite summer activity is having quality time with my family as everyone goes in different directions nowadays.

Kathryn
Kathryn

July 16, 2019

Sewing!!! What else?

mARIA
mARIA

July 16, 2019

My favorite summer activity is playing in the swimming pool with granddaughters, we then have “tea” with our dolls

Sherry
Sherry

July 16, 2019

My favourite summer activity is walking at our local park.

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