On Friday (November 2nd, 2018) we will offer a pattern from Donna Kinley of the DKinley Designs pattern collection for free as a special one-day only event. We'd love to have you vote to help us decide which pattern will win, then be sure to come back Friday to get your free copy.
More About Donna and DKinley Designs, (in her own words)... "I (and 5 siblings) were orphaned when I was 4 years old. Two of us were adopted by an Aunt and Uncle. The rest went to the orphanage and foster care. With that much trauma in my life I needed a place to hide, so at that early age, I created my own little world in sewing and designing for my doll. As my sewing skills developed, I began creating clothing for myself and eventually for others as well. I studied commercial art and design in college, and worked in the printing industry for a while. I did custom sewing and alterations for years, but have now come full circle, back to the little world of dolls. I enjoy the creativity of designing and the technical challenge of developing the patterns. I hope to pass on my love for creating to others, through patterns that teach in a way that is easily understandable. (And in case you were wondering… yes, my siblings and I are still in touch and are thankful to see each other when we can.)"
More information about the patterns:
The Art Deco Dress Designed To Fit 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl®: The Art Deco Dress pays homage to the Art Deco style of the 1920s and 1930s in a fun new way. Trims are the focus of the design and a variety of looks can be achieved using various prints, trims or color schemes. Tiny sleeves are made on the bias and provide an extra bit of contrast detail. This dress, designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®, is partially lined and features a hook and loop closure. This PDF sewing pattern features three views. One uses 1/2” wide single fold bias tape, while the other two use 3/8” or 1/4” wide ribbon or trim.
The Energy Dress Designed To Fit 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl®: The Energy Dress is a delightful design that can go from casual to formal with a change of fabric and length. Solids give it a sophisticated look, while fun prints with a contrasting bodice make it the perfect choice for a casual affair. It features gathered raglan sleeves and a figure flattering shape, designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®. This simple, yet elegant style is sure to become a favorite. Included in this educational PDF pattern is a tutorial section which discusses raglan sleeves, directional prints, and unbalanced stripes. An unconventional lining technique is also explained. This PDF sewing pattern has detailed instructions to help take the confident beginner to the next level. Hook and loop back closure provide for ease of dressing.
The Convergence Dress Designed To Fit 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl®: This eye-catching dress gives a nod to the mod fashions of the ‘70s. Angles and uncomplicated design lines create the perfect template for fun with color, directing the eye toward the ringed keyhole front focal point. This design is best made with solids or near solids in complementary or contrasting colors. A short tutorial on color scheme basics is included in this PDF pattern, designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®. Hook and loop back closure for ease of dressing.
The Sweet All Around Dress Designed To Fit 18 Inch Dolls Such As American Girl®: The Sweet All Around Sundress features an 8 gore circle skirt with elastic waist and a fun criss cross tie-back closure, which results in a fit that works for both older and newer versions of 18" dolls such as American Girl®. The shorter length is fun and flirty, while the longer version is perfect for a garden party or cruise wear. When she wears this dress, she can’t help but twirl!
This educational PDF pattern includes a tutorial on working with bias trim.
Take A Closer Look At Each Pattern:
Please be sure to leave a comment and thank Donna! And then come back on Friday to get your free copy of the pattern and if you use it - share your pictures online using the #pixiefaire hashtag.