Doll Days! Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to the Dear Stella stop on the Doll Days! blog tour! I’m Erin and I’m here to share with you a bonus pattern for the Vintage Party Dress pattern from my new book Doll Days! Sew an Everyday Wardrobe for 18” Dolls.

Doll Days front cover image

I was inspired by Dear Stella’s gorgeous new fabric collection, Rock Lobster by Jack an Lulu.

Nautical-themed clothes have definitely stood the test of time and are a popular favorite of so many that it seemed appropriate our dolls should have sailor dresses for summer. It’s such a classic and this Anchors Away print is a perfect fit.

Dear Stella sailor dress

You’ll need to download the *bonus* pattern piece for a Sailor Collar here, in addition to all the pattern pieces for View B of the Vintage Party Dress pattern from Doll Days.

I always trace my patterns onto Swedish Tracing Paper to preserve my original patterns and achieve accurately cut fabric pieces.

Print and Trace Pattern

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for sewing the sailor collar:

Step 1

Cut out 4 collar pieces.

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Step 2

Sew 2 collar pieces together, with right sides facing and a ¼” seam allowance, leaving the one edge open as shown. Repeat for the remaining 2 collar pieces.

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Step 3

Clip the curves. I like to use pinking shears to clip and trim the seam allowances all in one quick step.

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Step 4

Turn the collars right side out, smooth the curves and poke corners out. Press well.

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Step 5

Using this Sailor Collar, follow the instructions and make the Vintage Party Dress as instructed on pages 43-45, just as you would for View A.

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The patterns in Doll Days are so versatile. There are several sleeve finishes to choose from. I chose to bind the sleeves as instructed for View B of the Button-down Shirt project on page 42.

sailor dress 2

I thought it was fitting to pleat the skirt instead of sewing gathers. See page 45 of Doll Days for the tutorial on how to pleat the skirt instead of gathering it.

sailor dress 3

sailor dress 1

I hope you enjoy this bonus collar pattern and use it create some adorable seaside attire for the doll collector in your life. Be sure to keep following along with the Doll Days blog tour for more tutorials, bonus patterns, and reviews.

Here’s the full schedule:

June 13 Kickoff! Erin (me!) on C&T

June 14 Amanda on Jedi Craft Girl

June 15 Erin (me!) on Dear Stella

June 16 Karen on Karen Mom of Three

June 17 Erin (me!) on Sew Mama Sew


June 20 Lindsay on Lindsay Sews 

June 21 Jane on Janie Carroll Designs

June 22 Bonnie on Fishsticks Designs blog

June 23 Tracy on Generation Q Magazine

June 24 Rachael on RJR Blog


June 27 Cherry on Cherry Blossoms Studio

June 28 Final stop Erin (me!) on Avery Lane Sewing

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2 Responses to Doll Days! Blog Tour

  1. Nina Fournier says:

    I can’t get the collar pieces to print actual size. I adjusted all things in my printer.


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