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Medium Baby Dolls 14 to 16 Inches like
Bitty Baby, Maxi Muffin, Baby Born

And AG and Gotz 18 Inch Dolls
Long Dress or Nightgown Pattern and Sewing Instructions
Pinafore or Apron Pattern and Sewing Instructions

 

 

Bitty Baby in long dress

Bitty Baby in long dress

Medium baby doll pinafore and dress by Susan Kramer; click image to buy Baby Born at Amazon.com

New Born Baby in long dress and pinafore - apron

 

Maxi Muffin wearing dress, click image to buy a Maxi Muffin Doll at Amazon.com

Maxi Muffin in long dress

 

 

Clothes Patterns for 18 Inch Dolls and Bitty Baby

 

 

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Susan Kramer
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Contents
Long Dress or Nightgown Pattern
Apron or Pinafore Pattern

 

 

Long Dressor Nightgown Pattern and Sewing Directions
for Bitty Baby, Baby Born, Maxi Muffin, Medium Baby Dolls

 

 

Here are pattern pieces for making dresses to fit 14-inch to 16-inch Bitty Baby in the American Girl Dolls series, Baby Born or similar baby dolls. It also fits 18-inch full body dolls like AG and Gotz.

This pattern is my original design and may not be used commercially.

Pattern pieces - quarter inch seam allowance included

Dress front

Cut one on front fold.

baby doll dress front pattern by Susan Kramer

Dress back

Cut two pieces.

baby doll dress back pattern by Susan Kramer

Sleeves

Cut two with sleeve top on fold.

baby doll dress sleeves pattern by Susan Kramer

To make your 1-inch square (2.5cm) grid graph paper

First, take an 8.5x11 inch piece of plain paper and draw 1 inch squares - I do this by drawing horizontal lines 1 inch apart down the page, and then vertical lines 1 inch apart across the page.

Next, looking at the .jpg image you want to enlarge, copy what is in each of my squares into your larger squares.

Seam allowances of 1/4 inch are included.

Sewing Instructions

Bitty Baby in long dress
Youíll need one half yard (one half meter) of material for the dress.

To finish the neckline, you'll need 10 inches (25cm) of half inch (1.25cm) gathered lace, and the same amount of a bias strip for finishing neck edge as in photo. You'll also need 1 yard of one-fourth inch (6mm) satin or cross-grain ribbon for the dress front trim.

Dress

With right sides of back and front dress facing, sew together at shoulders. Press seam open.

Baste right side of lace to right side of neck opening, with top of lace pointing down as in photo detail.
dress for 14-inch to 16-inch baby doll; photo credit Susan Kramer
Using the bias strip sew one long edge over the sewing line of lace, turn to inside of dress leaving one fourth inch of bias strip showing as in photo detail. On inside turn in bias strip and sew to dress.

To finish back seam of dress, sew together along seam line of center back leaving about 4 inches open at top as marked on pattern piece. For these two open edges turn in one fourth inch twice and blind stitch seam. Overlap edges and sew on a velcro dot for closure. I do not use button closures on doll clothes that are used by children, to avoid swallowing and choking.

Sleeves

Roll in lower edge and hem by hand or machine. (I sew sleeve and skirt hems by hand.)

To make ruffle near lower edge of sleeve, gather with a strong thread, (I use quilting thread for strength), just loose enough to slide over dollís hand and lower arm; about 5 inches (12.5cm).

Along armpit edge gather sleeve with basting stitch just inside the one-quarter inch line to fit armhole and with right side of sleeve facing right side of front and back dress (which are just joined at shoulders and now lay out flat) stitch together with one fourth inch seam. Clip curve. Repeat for other sleeve.

With right sides of sleeves and dress facing, sew together sides of dress and underside of sleeves at the same time. Repeat on other side.

Hem at lower edge of dress

When cutting out your material add or subtract hem length according to length of your doll. For the dress in this photo which fits Bitty Baby, I added 2 inches to the pattern length.

Turn in lower edge one fourth inch twice and blind stitch.

Now decorate the dress as you wish

Top stitch cross grain or satin ribbon in pattern as in photos or anyway you wish. (A hint to sew ribbon in a straight line is to iron a crease in the dress material to act as a guideline!)

 

 

 Pinafore or Apron Pattern and Sewing Directions
for Bitty Baby, Maxi Muffin, Baby Born - Medium Baby Dolls

 

Pinafore or apron for Bitty Baby and Medium Baby Dolls

 

This pattern is for pinafores to fit 14 inch to 16 inch Bitty Baby in the American Girl Dolls series, Baby Born, Gotz Maxi Muffin, and similar baby dolls.

This pattern is my original design and may not be used commercially.

baby doll pinafore pattern by Susan Kramer

Sewing Instructions

Here are sewing instructions for making pinafores to fit 14-inch to 16-inch Bitty Baby in the American Girl Dolls series, Baby Born and similar baby dolls.

Baby doll pinafore by Susan Kramer; click image to buy Baby Born at Amazon.com

Bodice

Cut two pieces for bodice and place right sides together. Beginning at lower front edge of bodice front sew up the long side, and follow around all edges until you reach the other lower front bodice edge at waistline. Leave seam across waistline open to turn bodice right side out. Turn in lower edge one fourth inch and blind stitch closed. Press. See photo below:

Skirt

Turn up material for hem one quarter inch twice on sides and lower edge and blind stitch.

Gather top edge of skirt to doll's waist measurement. I made this apron 14 inches (35cm) around the waist.

Center the gathered edge of skirt along the center of 1 yard of 1-inch satin or cross grain ribbon, or ribbon you make from skirt fabric. Enclose the gathered edge in the ribbon and sew in place.

Tie the skirt with a bow or in a square knot.

How to attach bodice to skirt

Center and sew in place the lower edge of bodice front one-half inch below underside of top of waistband. Adjust placement to match the waistline of the doll dress apron will go over.

To attach strap at back waist, fold straps up and back and sew to waistband one half inch from center bow.

Have fun making baby doll clothes!

Article and photo credits Susan Kramer

 

 

 Email: susan@susankramer.com

 

 

 

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