Why "Any Which Way"? The answer is that this dress can be worn forwards or backwards if you prefer!
The Any Which Way Dress, by Genniewren Designs, features a fully lined, wrap style bodice; a shaped waistband; and a full, gathered skirt. It can even be made reversible, which adds further versatility to the dress options.
Making this simple, fun dress is an ideal way to use up scraps left over from dressmaking or from other craft projects and a great chance to experiment with different trims. It's the perfect
dress for a picnic in the park or for going to church on Sundays.
Maybe your doll could wear her Any Which Way Dress to the sock hop or when she meets up with all her friends at the ice cream parlor?
Whichever way your doll chooses to wear this 1950s inspired dress, she will be delighted with the style and fit. Once you've made one of these delightful dresses, you will definitely want to make more. Especially as you get two or more different looks from one simple pattern!
An added bonus is that this dress can be made with no hand sewing whatsoever!
The pattern includes instructions for hook and loop tape or snap fastenings at the waist, as well as measurements for narrower skirts if you prefer a less gathered look.
This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" soft bodied dolls such as American Girl®.
Recommended Fabrics: This pattern is for woven fabrics only e.g. cotton and cotton blends such as polycotton; viscose, rayon. Suggested cotton fabric types: poplin, percale, broadcloth, lawn, gingham, chambray, Swiss voile, dotted Swiss, quilter’s cotton.
-One fat quarter (18” x 22”) or a quarter of a yard of your skirt fabric for a single layer skirt. You will need double this amount for the reversible dress.
-Scraps of fabric for the bodice and waistband.
-One quarter of a yard of lining fabric.
-3¾” of Anti Snag hook and loop tape cut in half longways, OR 2 snaps
-Rick rack trim or piping for the bodice and/or any trim you like for the skirt.
Skill Level: Easy to Intermediate
What You Get: One 30 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
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The pattern was fairly easy and written directions were good. My only suggestion would be to line the waistline pieces, as I felt they were a little too flimsy in the cotton fabric I used, considering it had a regular seam on the top and a gathered seam at the bottom. I think it would lay a bit better using interfacing.
What a breeze to sew! 4 dresses in one...love it!
This pattern is great. Very versatile. Came together pretty quickly. Already made 2!
The dress was really cute. The pattern was very easy to follow and it made for a nice sewing experience. Am now making a a second dress of different material. I hope my great granddaughters will have as much fun with the dresses as I have had making them.