Half-Pint Apron Dress

Finished dress

Finished dress

This half-pint Hitty is wearing her new apron dress. It is based on the dress worn by wee Meg, who was carved and dressed by TC Vollum.

 

Pattern Measurements

Pattern Measurements

The dimensions are written on the pattern – the dotted lines at the edges are fold lines, and are indicating a 1/8 inch fold. First fold the sides of the bib towards the middle of the bib, then fold the top half down.  Then fold the tops of the skirt down towards the hem on the inside.

lace and ribbon shoulder straps

lace and ribbon shoulder straps

Stitch a narrow ribbon onto some narrow lace. Make each strap about two inches long.  Stitch one of each assemblage to the sides of the bib and tack the lace to the waist.  Try it on the doll to confirm the length (read to the end of this post to see how long it should be). Then trim the length if needed, fold and hem the ends. Work a button loop at the far end of each lace/ribbon assemblage. Hem the bottom of the skirt.  I have also hemmed the centre backs because it was a very shreddy material.

Tube Dress

Tube Dress

Sew up the back seam so it makes a little tube about the size of a little reel of cotton (with bunny ears!).

Ribbon at waist

Ribbon at waist

Sew a bit of ribbon at the waist just under the bib part, let the rest flap free.

Elastic cord

Elastic cord

Knot some thin elastic cord, hide the knot under the waist ribbon and gather the back waist…secure the other end with a French knot under the ribbon at the other side, and cut off the excess.

Still looks odd

Still looks odd

You’ve finished the dress, keep reading to see how to put it on the tiny girl…

Legs in first

Legs in first

Get the Half-pint Hitty to step in…

This is why you made loops

This is why you made a loop

…thread the right hand ribbon through the left hand loop…

this is why there are two loops

this is why there are two loops

…and thread the left hand ribbon through the right hand loop…

A Big Bow

A Big Bow

And tie a nice big bow…the bow doesn’t have to be this big, but I do recommend not cutting the ribbon shorter until you decide how big the bow loops should be.

Finished dress

Finished dress

It is a cute pattern – eh?  If you don’t sew up the back seam, and expand it to fit a bigger doll, it makes a nice Hitty apron.

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12 thoughts on “Half-Pint Apron Dress

  1. With a grateful heart, I give thanks to you QH household for another marvelous tutorial. It’s very cute, perfect for the dolls.

    • I think it is a great pattern and so cute! Little dolls need only a little scrap to feel dressed, so you can probably find just the right material if you are like me and save every tiny shred!!

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