I’ll never forget the trip we made to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. All the Bavarian towns we visited were so charming. The shops were full of cuckoo clocks and delicate chocolates. The restaurants each had a huge variety of local ales. I especially enjoyed seeing the tour guides dressed in their dirndls. There were so many styles, each one special. And, of course, the hills were alive with music and cows with little bells, but we didn’t see any of the iconic Edelweiss.
That trip was the inspiration for this sweet Bavarian-style dress, by FROG Princess Fashions. The design is made in one piece: a dress with a blouse-like sleeves, a bodice that also poses as a vest, and a contrasting skirt, with a detachable little apron worn over it all. The entire set is easy to make and is so sweet trimmed in lace, rick-rack, or embroidery. It’s versatile, too, and can be made with short puffed sleeves, or longer, gathered bishop sleeves, with or without the apron, and with a contrasting bodice (vest) or not.
And since we didn’t see any Edelweiss, I made some! The Edelweiss custom set of embroidery designs from Frog Princess Fashions can be used to embellish the vest front and back, the center of the sleeves, and the hem of the dress and apron. And don’t forget to look for the Edelweiss machine embroidery sets to make coordinating shoes and dress designs!
Recommended Fabrics: lightweight cotton or polycotton blends, batiste, lawn, calico, gingham, solids
• 1/8 yd. or I fat quarter lightweight white or pastel cotton, lawn, or batiste for dress bodice
• ¼ yd* lightweight cotton, polyester/cotton blend, or similar fabric for apron *(if using fat quarters, you will need to piece the apron ties)
• 1/8 yd. or 1 fat quarter darker solid or small print cotton for skirt
• Thread to match fabrics
• 1 ft. of 1/8” wide elastic
• 2 ft. of ¾” or 1” wide bias tape
• Optional: 4 or 6 buttons measuring 1/8”-1/4” wide
• Optional: 1 yd. lace for dress neckline and hem
• Optional: 5/8 yd. rickrack for bodice
• Optional: 3/4 yd. ribbon or rickrack trim for apron
• Optional: spray starch
• Fusible hem tape
• Hook and loop tape
• Bodkin or small safety pin for pulling elastic
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
What You Get: One 34 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. 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.Download, Print, Sew!
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I did this outfit in two different versions, and it is just as cute as all get-out. I did have a full half-yard of skirt fabric, though, so I merged the three skirt pattern pieces into one single length, and made a deeper hem in it - which necessitated also shortening the apron pattern. The bodice pieces were well-engineered and went together without a problem, otherwise. Having the step-by-step instructions would be a bonus for less-experienced seamstresses.
Just beautiful. The vest, blouse and skirt are sewn together.. It was rather fast to sew because of this. I combined mine with Frog Princess' "Machine Embroidery Pattern" to embellish mine. Wow. It's just a beautiful pattern. My photos show the dress with, and without the embroidered apron. One modification I made was to make the skirt 42" wide (I tend to exaggerate design features -- don't you just love it a a full skirt!)
All the pieces of this dress fit together perfectly. Especially nice that it can be made as all one piece (easy for children to dress the doll) but has the look of separate layers. Reminds me of Heidi of the Alps - a favorite childhood story. Can’t wait to try out the embroidery and accessories that go with this.