This pattern can be made as either a dress or a romper with your choice of a plain or ruffled neckline. I call it a two-fer pattern pack, but you can actually make four different combinations using this tutorial. The waist and neckline on either option are all elastic, making this outfit easy for small hands to dress and undress their dolls.
This Pattern is suitable for beginners. All of my patterns are designed to fit 15" Bamboletta dolls, although you may find that other makers' dolls can wear these clothes as well.
My old college friend Beth is a domestic marvel. Not only is she is the most meticulous crafter I have ever had the pleasure to know, she is also a devoted mother to twin girls, Sofia and Julia. As tempting as it must be to dress her adorable twins in little carbon-copy outfits, her policy is to "coordinate, not match". The mountains of lovely hand-me-downs that have come our way from her family (2 of everything, but different colors of each), inspired me to create a pattern with interchangeable components that work equally well with each other, just like her kids' (not-too) matchy wardrobes.
A few words for Etsy sellers and professional makers of doll clothes...
I am a work at home mom, designing these clothes, drafting the patterns, then writing and photographing the tutorials all while my two year old sleeps (or plays quietly, HA!). I realize that it is impossible to ask or expect my customers not to sell the doll clothes they make from my patterns, but please understand that it is an extraordinary amount of work to produce these documents. I hope that my customers, who are designers and work-at-home mothers like me will respect the following wishes if they will be selling clothes made from my patterns:
**Please give credit where credit is due- Include in your item description, "This dress was made from a DalaiMama Pattern" and a direct link back to my shop listing for the pattern you purchased. This also applies to any promotion via blog, Facebook, Etsy, personal websites, bigcartel, etc.
**Please do not mass produce my designs or offer "custom orders" made from my patterns. If a customer messages you privately to create a custom order using one of my patterns, that's one thing. But if your shop has "custom slot" type listings, I ask that you please do not offer my designs for sale in this way.
I am a mother, jeweler and metalworking teacher by day. At night (and during naptime) I transform into a ravenous seamstress and designer of doll clothes. When I'm not making things, you can find me gardening, skiing, hiking, camping or cooking.