A sweet fitted sundress that's innocent-looking at the front but has a sun seeker's strappy back view, the Mackenzie Dress, by Genniewren Designs, is just perfect for spring and summer.
The fitted bodice has a V-shaped dropped waist at the front, and a natural waistline at the back. The waistline is emphasized with optional piping to show off the shape.
The Mackenzie Dress has a choice of an A-line skirt (View A) or a gathered skirt (View B). The dress fastens at the back bodice with either hook and loop tape or snaps.
The fully lined bodice is quick and simple to make and the wide straps are easy to turn right sides out, which makes this an ideal pattern for confident beginners and learners alike, particularly when choosing View A with the simple A-line skirt.
This versatile pattern comes with a list of suggestions for taking the Mackenzie Dress pattern further; including a bonus step by step photo tutorial showing how to use the bodice pattern pieces to make a cute reversible top.
Once you have made one of these sweet sundresses you will want to make many more. The Mackenzie Dress pattern will fast become one of your doll’s favorite dresses.
Special Note - This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit a Kidz N Cats Doll specifically and will not fit the standard 18 inch doll such as American Girl Doll. A KNC doll is 18 inches tall but has a much slimmer hard plastic body. You can see more info on our Doll Measurements page.
Please see our other listing to make this dress for American Girl dolls.
Recommended Fabrics: This pattern is designed for woven fabrics such as cotton lawn, poplin, quilter's cottons, broadcloth, or cotton blends e.g. cotton/linen or polyester/cotton blends. The testers also made this dress in viscose, foil knit fabric and organza fabrics with great results.
-One fat quarter (18" x 22") for View A. (Extra fabric may be required to match plaids or large print motifs).
-9” of 42”-44” wide fabric for View B. (Extra fabric may be required to match plaids or large print motifs).
-For both views you will need 9” x 14” of lining fabric, e.g. lightweight cotton or cotton blends. (Polycotton is ideal).
-Half a yard of heirloom mini piping, or you could use home made piping, rick rack trim or ribbon if preferred (optional). If you wish to pipe the entire bodice you will need 1.25 yards of piping.
-4” of narrow Ultra Thin hook and loop tape (hook and loop sides) or 2” Anti Snag hook and loop tape, or three snaps for the back closure.
Skill Level: Easy to Intermediate
What You Get: One 32 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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I made this dress in all three sizes -- AG, AGAT and KNC. Obviously, I love the style. The instructions were clear. Details included adding piping (which I loved!), and making a great precision point on the lower bodice. As always, Genniewren has an eye for fit.
The directions and pictures are wonderful. I was able to test the pattern and the dress turned out beautifully. There are several sizes to chose from. You won't be disappointed with the results.
The Mackenzie dress, no matter what size you are making (yep, there are other sizes!), is a beautiful and easy to make dress. I think the hardest part, which really isn't all that hard, is turning the bodice right-side out after you're done attaching the lining to the bodice. This dress is beautiful and would make a great holiday dress, sundress, playdress, etc... There are even instructions on how to add piping to the bodice and on how to turn the bodice into a top! I highly recommend this pattern.
This dress is a joy to sew up. No need to be afraid of joining the v shaped bodice to the skirt. It all fits like a dream whether you use the a-line skirt or gathered skirt. I love the straps in the back which make this a more casual dress than the front looks.