Holly has elected me as the first designer to talk about the block I created for her Dozen Darling Designer Doll Dress Blog-a-thon. (Try to say that quickly three times!) Believe me when I say that the most difficult part of the challenge was determining which fabrics to choose. They are all so cute.
I started with the pattern Playing Dress Up which was designed and published by my BFF Renee Plains. http://www.libertystar.typepad.com
I enlarged her pattern 133% on a copy machine.
I am crazy about aprons...so I made an apron for my doll dress that matches the one on the cover of my book Retro Aprons. The pattern for this little apron is available to click & print. Look just below the Doll Dress icon at the top of my blog on the left hand side. It says Doll Dress Click & Print.
I fused my dress and apron and used a machine buttonhole stitch for the applique. I used baby rick-rack tucked under the raw edges around the neck, arnholes and hem of the apron.
Here is a hint about that: Apply the fusible web according to the manufacturer's directions. Cut out your shape and remove the paper backing. Place the apron on an Applique Pressing Sheet. http://www.bearthreaddesigns.com/default.htm This sheet is coated with some space age material that keeps the fusing from sticking. Tuck the rick-rack half way under the raw edge of the apron. Press in place with an iron. When you are done, peel it away from the pressing sheet. Put a few drops of Fray Check on the ends of the rick-rack. Fuse apron on top of dress and stitch in place.
I know you are going to have a great time making this project. I am hard at work getting a new book ready for Quilt Market. I will keep you posted on my progress.
Thanks for visiting,