The Liberty Jane Outback Libby: Mindil Beach Dress, Aussie fashion flair for your doll! Your 18-inch doll is sure to stand out in the crowd at Darwin's popular Mindil Beach Market wearing her favorite new dress! Whether she's looking to make a statement in the Australian Outback or simply look stylish abroad, this dress is perfect!
This on-trend design features an A-line shape with full-length princess seams on both the front and back of the dress. It has a gentle fullness around the skirt portion allowing for a bit of soft flowing movement. The tiny cap sleeves and faux button front details add to the overall dainty feel, but the stand out feature is the lace-up eyelet closure on the backside of the dress! The lined bodice can be made using the fashion fabric or a cute contrasting print.
The dress is shown, sewn along the front with a faux button closure. If desired, you can easily leave the front placket open (the same as the Surfrider Sundress) and sew hook and loop tape or snaps under the buttons (or sew functional buttonholes).
Suggested fabrics: lightweight woven cottons, rayon challis, lawn, soft silky polyblends, and shirting cottons.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Bonus: Follow along as I show you how to assemble the back section of the dress, this design element may seem confusing at first, but after watching you should be able to sew with confidence! I've included some tips for sewing this dress sleeveless too! Look for the video in with the example images).
What You Get: One 31 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full-size pattern pieces. This pattern includes a 4 page Summary of Instructions section so you can print out just the text version if desired to save on printer ink! A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.
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This is a really cute and detailed summer dress, with lots of nice detailing on the front and the back. If you’re a Sewing With Cinnamon member, this dress is used in the Seam Finishes class to learn how to do a Hong Kong finish on the unlined part of the dress, making a dress that’s as pretty on the inside as on the outside. (You certainly can finish those seams with a simpler finish like serging or a zigzag stitch, but I loved learning this new technique.) This isn’t an easy dress to knock out while the kids are napping, but a lovely detailed pattern to take your time working through and mastering some new skills. Fit was great on my modern AG doll, and definitely a pattern I’ll make again.
I learned a lot with the different techniques. I modified the pattern by raising the neckline and lengthening the hem.
I've made this little dress three times, and I love the pattern. Assembly of the back requires paying attention to the instructions, but it is not difficult. The dress is simple but very cute! Endless possibilities.