Samantha was the last doll to get a new dress for Me- Made- May. Now all my dolls are wearing hand-made for the month.
Samantha got view D from Simplicity 1179 designed by Keepers Dolly Duds for Simplicity. Her dress made from a quilting cotton. Like previous doll makes, I switched out the button closure for Velcro. I really should have tried the dress on my doll before finishing it. It is a touch looser than expected because I really didn’t consider where her back seam should be for switching the closure out to Velcro.
I like this view much better than the view B that I made for Rebecca back in February. I recommend being slow and cautious when doing the pin-tucks on the sleeve. As far as I could tell, there was really not a great method of marking them. I marked it on the back like usual, but the pin-tuck covers the marking as one is sewing.
I really didn’t have a great match for lace on the front bodice so I left that off of Samantha’s dress. However, if Samantha gets a light lavender pinafore that should complete her outfit off quite nicely.
With the weather picking up and hopefully no rain, I should be able to get pictures of the back log of projects.
So moving along in my American Girl doll collection, it was Rebecca’s turn for a new dress. So Simplicity 1179 is another of the Keeper’s Dolly Duds patterns for Simplicity.
I honestly don’t know what the light blue fabric is, but based on drape, I think there is some rayon in it. This was probably a bit light for the pattern. The white fabric used for the sleeve accent and collar is a quilting cotton.
The pattern instructions are well done and easy to follow.
I probably err on the side of simplicity as I didn’t use all the buttons that the pattern request. My version is missing the buttons on the sleeves, and on the collar. I reduced the number of buttons on the placket to three because I used a 3/8 inch buttons instead of 1/4 buttons. That was mainly because I wanted gold buttons.
I used Velcro to close the back of the dress instead of buttons which are mentioned on the pattern. I have probably about 20 yards left from the 25 yard roll of Velcro I bought from Etsy last year.
As always with Keeper’s Dolly Duds patterns, the pattern is well drafted. However, it may just be me, I feel like the waistband is a little low. I know it is a dropped waist style; but Rebecca looks like she has a saggy waistband in the back. I think the next time I make this pattern I may take in the waistband to see if that helps out the saggy backside.
As Samantha is still needing a new dress, I may come back to this pattern and try out either view C or view D.