This time I tried out Simplicity 1391 for Cecile. The pattern was designed by Eve Coleman from Keeper Dolly Duds. This pattern contains three dress views, one jacket, one bonnet, one apron, and a pair of pantaloons.
I decided to make view B’s dress. I did not have any coordinating trim in my stash so I left that part off. The blue floral cotton is a fairly busy print but after my dress was completed I do feel like it is lacking something special that the trim would provide. The dress is a little plain without the trim. I think I still have some of the navy linen look fabric that I can use to make her the coordinating jacket.
I had not tried out any Keeper Dolly Duds pattern before. Since this was my first and I knew I wanted to put it on Cecile, I did not make any alterations to the pattern.
Interesting items to note about this pattern is the back bodice of the dress has darts. I haven’t seen that used before. The other item is the neckline facing. It was fiddly to sew but give the dress a beautifully clean look on the inside. I definitely will keep that pattern piece in mind when another doll pattern needs a neckline facing and it isn’t provided (example: coat in Simplicity 4347).
The dress came together easily and the directions were pretty good. The pattern recommends three-eighth inch buttons which I did not have so I subbed in Velcro instead for the closure.
In the pictures Cecile is wearing her chemise, hoop skirt and pantalets (all from American Girl) as well as a petticoat that I made for her. I really like that the dress still fits well over all that stuff. I think that this dress would also fit my older Kirsten doll well as long as she doesn’t have on too many undergarments.
I still have a tiny bit of the blue floral cotton left. So the actual last item from this blue floral cotton will be a pair of Janes shoes whenever I get around to making them.