In the meantime, here's the latest completed creation, made for my dear friend Marilyn's Journey Girl Doll from ToysRUs, Meredith (modeled by my Meredith).
|Meredith's sundress for spring/summer fun @ Lake Minnetonka in MN!|
|Top from original pattern|
Wren*Feathers' Heirloom Sundress served as my starting point. It's a FREE pattern on Jen's fabulous blog created for KidznCats (which are smaller than Journey Girls) and has a drop waist. It wasn't difficult to up-size, by adding 1/4" at the front fold and cutting it wider @ center back to close using Velcro (rather than adding button bands that her historically-proper dress requires). I first made a top for my Meredith in order to better fit the sundress for Marilyn at her doll's natural waistline. I then knew how much to take in the side seams for a better-fitting waistline in which to add the gathered skirt she wanted. I also decided to lengthen the straps a bit and criss-cross them in back. My Meredith earned a sweet little top for her many fittings to wear with her existing white jeans (borrowed from Kyla, another JG doll)!
If you're looking for LOTS of fabulous patterns for many different dolls and great historical information and tutorials, go check out Jen's website at the link above. She has many free patterns and then you can show her your appreciation by purchasing some from her Etsy shop (link at top of her blog). Enjoy!!! ;)