Cloth 18 Inch Dutch Klara Doll Dress Pattern
Designed by Susan Kramer
18 inch (45cm) Dutch Klara Cloth Doll with Floppy
Intermediate sewing level
Here is my pattern for my Dutch Klara doll
dress, an 18 inch (45cm) fabric doll. I have traced the pattern pieces onto
1 inch (2.5cm) square paper. One quarter inch seam allowance is included on all
This pattern is my original design and may not be used commercially.
The pattern pieces are on the following 2 pictures.
Klara Dress Pattern:
your 1 inch square 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.
I embroider the eyes, nose and mouth in 6-strand floss before sewing doll together.
Bodice front - Cut one on front fold.
Bodice back - Cut two pieces.
Sleeves - Cut two with sleeve top on fold.
Skirt - Cut a length 30 inches wide and 9 inches long for a finished skirt length of 7.5 inches as in this dress on the 18 inch doll.
Hints and tips for making doll clothes and
- You'll need 10 inches of ribbon and 10 inches of lace for the neckline and 10 inches of ribbon and 10 inches of lace for the sleeves. Follow directions for attaching lace and ribbons to neckline and sleeve hem.
- Press, pin and sew doll clothes in that order.
- Sew hems on clothing by hand for a fine dressmaker's touch.
- Choose smaller rather than larger prints for dress fabric, keeping in mind the scale of the doll. I like to use quilting material.
- Make the dresses from cotton and natural fabrics if you'd like to keep to historical time periods.
- Use washable materials and trims. I use the softest and closest weave cotton I can find.
- If the clothing is for a child's doll, use sticky closures rather than buttons or hooks and eyes for safety's sake.
Bodice Front Bib Collar
If you are adding a front bodice bib collar as shown in the photo at the top of page first cut 2 additional bodice front pieces, then trim the pieces to a point at center front. Sew right sides together and turn right side out. Baste to top of bodice at shoulder and neck edges before sewing bodice front to bodice back.
With right sides of back and front bodice facing, sew together at shoulders. Press seam open.
Roll in neck edge and blind stitch on wrong side of neck line.
To finish back seam of bodice, turn in twice on each center edge and hand or machine stitch to make a one-fourth inch hem.
Instructions for attaching ribbon and lace to the neckline and sleeves are here.
Roll in lower edge and hem by hand or machine. (I sew sleeve and skirt hems by hand.)
Gather along dotted line of sleeve, (I use quilting thread for strength) just loose enough to slide over dollís hand and lower arm; about 3.25 inches (8.5cm).
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 bodice (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 bodice facing, sew together sides of bodice and underside of sleeves at the same time. Repeat on other side.
Sew back seam of skirt leaving 2 inches at top open as an extension of the center back bodice opening for ease in dressing doll. Roll in the raw edges above top of back skirt seam and blind stitch. When dress is completed sew a sticky dot just above waistline and at neckline to overlap bodice back one fourth inch.
Either gather one fourth inch from top edge of skirt or make small pleats to fit bodice lower edge.
To make hem, turn up lower edge twice and blind stitch.
How to sew bodice to skirt
I make this a half inch seam for both skirt and bodice, because of gathered top edge of skirt at waist, and so bodice and skirt do not pull apart with use.
Fold under one half inch along lower edge of bodice and lay over top of skirt. Join together with topstitching. This technique forms a nice flat seam.
For back closure sew on a sticky dot at neck edge and just above waist to keep one side of back overlapped.
Now decorate the dress if you wish
Looking at the close up view of this dress, note that I used both white and pale pink 6-strand embroidery thread to top stitch a line just above lower bodice edge and also just below waistline over pleats to help keep them flat.
Have fun making your new Klara doll dresses!
Article, patterns and photographs copyright Susan Kramer
Inspired by doll of Laura Ingalls Wilder
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