Mori Girl Collared Dress 18" Doll Clothes

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If you see a girl that looks as though she is a fairy tale forest dweller who has just stepped out of an enchanted wood, chances are good you’ve spotted a Mori Girl. Born in Japan as a subculture, Mori Girl style embodies living in the moment and living in harmony with nature.

Mori (meaning forest) Girl style is all about natural fibres and colours from nature – creams, browns, greens and autumnal oranges, reds and yellows. The style also favours a lot of layering. This dress can be used as a ‘foundation layer’ for Mori Girl style, but also works as a cute, everyday dress.

You can choose to line your dress or make it with facings. The lined version can be made as a reversible dress. Two looks in one!

This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.  It is also available to fit 20" Maru and Friends® dolls. 

Recommended Fabrics:  cotton, cotton blends, mesh, lace

Supplies Needed:
Skirt:
• 15 ½ inches by 5 ¼ inches of light weight cotton or blends for the skirt body
• 2 ¼ inches of 45-60 inches of soft mesh or lace fabric for the skirt ruffle. Note that tulle will not work. You will be cutting a strip the entire width of your fabric, which is why a range of 45-60 inches is specified. Longer strips will provide more fullness.
• 15 ½ inches of lace or other trim to go over top of the ruffle. Trim should be minimum 1 ½ inches wide and maximum 2 ½ inches wide.
• 11 inches of 3/8 inch wide elastic

Reversible Option:
• 1/3 yard of light weight cotton* as a main fabric
• 1/3 yard of light weight cotton* as a lining or second main fabric (if making a reversible dress)
• 12 inches by 5 inches of light weight complementary cotton for the Collar
• Optional - 6 inches by 5 inches of light weight fusible interfacing
• 7 inches of hook and loop tape that is 3/8 inch wide OR 5 sets of sew in snaps
• Optional - 88 inches of ½ inch, single fold bias tape or two self-cut bias strips 44 inches by ½ inch*
• Optional – 20 ¾ inches of ½ to ¾ inch wide lace to add to the hem
• Optional – embellishments such as fabric flowers, wooden charms etc.

*Note: If you are making the dress as base layer for a Mori Girl outfit, choose earthy colours.

Faced Option:
• 1/3 yard of light weight cotton* as a main fabric
• 14 x 4 inches of light weight cotton for facing
• 12 inches by 5 inches of light weight complementary cotton for the Collar
• Optional - 6 inches by 5 inches of light weight fusible interfacing
• 4 inches of hook and loop tape that is 3/8 inch wide OR 2-3 sets of sew in snaps
• Optional - 88 inches of ½ inch, single fold bias tape or two self-cut bias strips 44 inches by ½ inch*
• Optional – 20 ¾ inches of ½ to ¾ inch wide lace to add to the hem

*Note: If you are making the dress as base layer for a Mori Girl outfit, choose earthy colours.

Tools
• Universal/sharp sewing machine needle
• Matching thread
• Pinking shears or pinking rotary blade (optional but helpful)
• Bodkin or safety pin to thread elastic through waistband channel
• Hand sewing needle

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 39 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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Vendor: KeLibu


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05/28/2017
Hope Francis
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Heaps of Fun with lots of Options

This is a very easy outfit to make. I chose to do the faced version. The pictures and instructions were clear and easy to follow. This pattern would be good for a beginner to learn some easy basic techniques, such as gathering, applying lace and making and fitting a collar. The underskirt is a simple gathered skirt with a casing and elastic (easy on and off for little fingers). The dress is an A-line pattern and easy to put together. Velcro or hook and loop is used to close the back opening. You can have a lot of fun with the embellishments, I chose a variety of different laces, for the underskirt and dress. For the collar I used some beautiful vintage cotton lace fabric, that had gone creamy with age. I used a very narrow ric-rac braid instead of ribbon to thread through the lemon lace on the dress and stitched a purple and yellow pansy button at the centre neckline. For the ruffle, I used a flocked voile, since i didn't have any of the recommended mesh fabric, this did tend to be a bit stiff, but the colour was just right and I would recommend that you experiment with what you have depending on the look you want. I used exclusively scraps, fabric and embellishments from what I had in my stashes, so it turned out to be an economical project. I already have another cut out and fabric chosen for a couple more It fits my 20" Australian Girl Doll with the only adjustment a small allowance under the armscye seam.

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