If you grew up in the 1960s, it's likely that you would have watched an animated television program called the Flintstones. A playful take on entertainer Jackie Gleason's "The Honeymooners" series, it broadcast the exploits of a "modern Stone-Age family." This pattern, by Forever 18 Inches, is a nod to that show and those times, and a great choice for a 1960s or modern-day costume for 18" dolls.
The tunic has three main pattern pieces and is designed for use with non-fraying fabrics to eliminate hemming. This quick and easy-level sewing project is a great choice for craft-show sellers, Etsy vendors, and would also be a perfect mother-daughter project for cold winter months. Non-fraying costume suede, faux suede, or a cotton quilter's fabric backed with lightweight iron-on interfacing can be used to create the dress. Instructions for the fashionable Stone Age accessories are also included.
This pattern was sized to fit snugly, and accurate seams are important to achieve a good fit. This pattern was sized on a recently purchased American Girl Doll (Chest: 11”, Waist: 10 1/2”, Hips: 12-1/4”). If your doll is smaller/larger, you may need to make adjustments to the pattern for an optimal fit. The most critical measurement is the hip size.
Recommended Fabrics: Non-fraying fabrics such as costume suede, faux suede, medium-weight stable knits, OR quilter's cottons backed with very lightweight iron-on interfacing
Fabric Requirements for Tunic:
- Option 1: 1/3 yd. of non-fraying fabric such as Costume Suede, Faux Suede, or Quilter's Cotton backed with very lightweight iron-on interfacing
1. Matching thread
2. One pair of small, very sharp scissors to trim seam allowances
3. If using woven fabric: ¼ yd. very lightweight iron-on interfacing
4. Optional: Fray Check
5. Five medium-large snaps OR approximately 8" of thin-style Hook-and-Loop (1/4" - 3/8" wide)
Option 2 Accessories:
1. Club: One wooden Shish-k-bob skewer, I piece of tissue wrapping paper, 1" wide masking tape, brown and black acrylic paint, paintbrush
2. "Bone" Hair Ornament: white Fimo or other moldable polymer clay, optional brown soft pastels* for shading the "bone"
3. "Tooth" Necklace: 1/3 yd. of 1/8" round elastic cord, beads with at least a 1/8" opening (I used four wooden beads), white Fimo or other moldable polymer clay, optional brown soft artist's pastels* for shading the "bones"
Skill Level: Easy
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This pattern was wonderful to make. However, it was entirely too small for an 18 inch doll So I enlarged and love it. Have made two dresses already.
Pattern was very nicely written. Easy to follow directions were very clear to understand. I chose woven so I lined it with lightweight fusible interfacing as she suggested. It went together really fast and the dress is cute. My grand daughters doll looks like she belongs in Bedrock with the Flintstones!
This is a very quick pattern to sew and the instructions are well written. I loved it from first sight. Very popular.
This is a quick little pattern to sew up and the directions are very clear. I'm not the fastest seamstress, and managed to sew (I cut them out days before) 2 of these during one episode of The Office -- and that included serging all of the raw edges. I followed the included tutorials to make the **** hair tie and necklace, and those are the perfect addition to the outfit.