Dolly Goes Denim
Learn to sew denim while making doll clothes
These doll clothing patterns really show how versatile denim can be. Using lightweight denim fabrics, we've created a line of doll clothes that will see Dolly through a day on the farm, whether it's work or play, an afternoon in town with friends, or even a special night out. From bib-overalls to pants and jumpers to dressses, these denim sewing patterns for dolls are sure to please.





Denim Bib Front Jumper

A simple outfit in our doll clothing patterns, this bib front jumper is great for an everyday occasion. Let your daughter pick a fun applique' to add to the bib front for embellishment or put a patch pocket instead. You can also add side pockets to the skirt and personalize the outift with buttons or buckles on the straps. Included is a pattern for a puff sleeved blouse with a stand up collar.




Lovely Denim Dress

One of our easy doll patterns, this simple doll dress is very basic in design, yet very pretty on Dolly. She is ready for dining and dancing withe sparkle denim fabric and puff sleeves. A narrow satin tie adds the finishing touch to a very attractive dress.





Denim Overalls & Flannel Shirt

In our sewing patterns for dolls, you'll find we've a pattern for just about any occasion. This outfit is perfect for a day out on the farm or up in the mountains for camping. A warm flannel shirt has a front Velcro closure with buttons sewn on for that button-up look. The bib has a pocket and the pants portion also has hand pockets on either side. 



Front Button Jumper

This is a favorite dolls clothes pattern of mine. It looks charming in the darker denim fabric with a scoop neck and the double sets of contrasting white buttons sewn down the front and on the pockets. The jumper closure is Velcro. A blosue pattern is included and the dress can be worn with or without the blouse. 




Pants, Western Vest & Blouse

This three piece set of 18" doll clothing patterns starts with a basic pair of elastic waist pants. The second pattern is for the Peter-Pan collared shirt with puff sleeves that gather right above the elbow. Lastly is the western vest. Tiny buttons put a final finish on a vest front that has 3 rows of pintucks. Don't know how to create pintucks? Don't worry. Instructions are included in the pattern.



Scoop Neck Jumper

Sewing with denim is easy with this quick and simple project. A scoop neck, A-line jumper comes together quickly. One strap closes with Velcro and you can add buttons or buckles to dress it up if you'd like. The round collar, puff sleeve blouse pattern is included. This is a great beginning project to build confidence in your sewing.



Doll Vest, Coulotte Skirt & Hat

Get four sewing patterns for doll clothes in one in this pattern set. The floppy hat sits neatly on Dolly's head with the floppy brim turned up and held in place with a large button. The vest has a V front and a Velcro closure with decorative buttons down the front. The doll blouse pattern is a white button-up blouse with straight, roll-up sleeves. Finishing the outfit is a coulotte skirt. The waistband in front is pleated while the back is gathered with elastic. We've used a sunflower button and applique', but you can choose any theme you like to personalize the outfit for your child.


 Western Prairie Skirt, Vest & Blouse

A simple pattern for doll clothing, this is a casual outfit. The denim skirt has a waist band in the front while the back gathers with elastic. The ruffle at the bottom is an added flare set off with a coordinating ribbon. You'll want coordinating colors for the reversible vest. A shirt that sports a western collar and long, cuffed sleeves completes this outfit. All three patterns are versatile and can be easily used to mix and match with other patterns.


Denim 3-tiered Skirt, Vest & Blouse

It can be fun learning how to sew doll clothes patterns. Doll clothes should mirror the interests of a child so Dolly and the child can be similarily dressed and be on the adventure together. Two rows of gathers and an elastic waist band make for easy construction of the 3-tiered skirt. The open front vest is reversible and both skirt and vest are made with a printed light weight denim. Included is a pattern for the blouse with slightly puffy and cuffed sleeves with a rounded collar.



 Denim Picnic Doll Quilt

A wonderful outdoor quilt pattern for beginners. This raggedy quilt is fairly easy to construct. Each individual block is sewn together with three layers, back, batting and top material. Once the blocks are constructed, and applique' piece is applied with Heat'n'Bond, all blocks are sewn together then clipped and washed for the "raggedy" look. No quilting or tying is necessary.
 


Dolly Goes Denim - Book Review

Dolly Goes Denim - Book Review

Dolly Goes Denim Review by Lori Hooten

Sewing is a lot of fun for me. I enjoy it. I enjoy it even more when the end result of the sewing is something my girls are excited about. Dolly Goes Denim provided me just that opportunity. This collection of sewing patterns for 18-inch dolls was designed and written by JoAnn Gagnon, and it is the cutest collection of patterns to fall in love with.

Dolly Goes Denim: Doll Clothing Patterns to Sew from Denim is a collection of 19 patterns that can be mixed and matched to create any number of cute outfits for a favorite doll. While the title indicates the material of design is denim, any weight of denim or 100% cotton fabric is appropriate. In fact, I found that working with 100% cotton fabrics such as chambray instead of denim made the patterns much easier to use and the clothing much easier to create. With 100% cotton fabrics instead of heavy denim, the seams didn’t bulk up as much, and the corners and curves were easier to turn and lay flat. The collection of dresses, skirts, shirts, and more will give you a huge variety of options with which to experience the joy of sewing.

This 112-page book includes all the patterns you will need, along with the step-by-step directions for the construction of the garments. The patterns can be removed easily from the book and trimmed to make them ready to use. Just trim around the edges of the pattern piece and place it on your fabric to cut. The step-by-step directions include pictures to assist you.

Dolly Goes Denim begins with some basic sewing instructions and sewing tips. These were very helpful to me. I have been sewing for quite a few years, including for my girls and their dolls, so I am not new to sewing doll clothing. Still, I found a lot of helpful tips in these four pages. The tips included everything from how to find where to sew a 1/4” seam to choosing and attaching closures, from sewing sleeves and collars and necklines to accessorizing for that “WOW” factor. The tips are well worth the time spent reading them and referring back to them when constructing the garments.

There are also several pages of sewing instruction at the back of the book. This section includes specifics on sewing on Velcro, appliques, curves and points, gathering fabric, topstitching, bias tape application, and pintucks. Again, these are tips that helped me a lot. They are the types of techniques that make your garments go from cute to amazing. The information is valuable and will make you a much better seamstress in all of your sewing.

I enjoyed using the patterns included in Dolly Goes Denim, and the girls have their lists made of what they want to create next. They are helping me sew. I had hoped that these would be patterns and instructions the girls could easily learn from, doing a lot of the work on their own. Unfortunately, the instructions are not complete enough for the girls to work through the patterns without a lot of help. There are several steps and explanations I felt were missing in each of the patterns I used. It was not a big deal for me because I am familiar with the creation of garments. If I weren’t, however, I don’t know if I would have been able to figure out a couple of the steps without help. This is still a wonderful collection of patterns, and as I said, the girls’ lists are ready and waiting. We are working through each of their requests and learning as we go. These are fun, cute, and very well-designed patterns that will make any seamstress proud to sew and any little girl proud to put the garments on her doll.

-Product Review by Lori Hooten, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 201
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