The Mod Shift Dress pattern is ready and available on Etsy! I’m really excited about this pattern and I hope you’ll love it too. I designed it after finding lots of pretty sheer knits, stretchy lace, and open weave knit fabrics that were just begging to be sewn into dolly dresses.
Of course using see-through fabrics requires a lined dress, so this pattern includes instructions for sewing a full, attached lining.
I love how changing only the color of the lining under the lace completely changes the personality of the dress.
This is a simple and versatile pattern that comes together very quickly. You don’t even have to set sleeves! If you use an opaque knit fabric rather then a sheer or a lace, you can omit the lining altogether and go from cutting table to finished dress in under an hour.
We upcycled one of my daughter’s outgrown t-shirts to make this Kitty dress for our doll Avery. I cut the pattern aligning the hem of the dress on the pre-finished hem of the tee, so this entire project took about 20 minutes.
Avery would like you to know that, although she is a fan of her new dress, .. SPARKLY SHOES!
I drafted the pattern using American Girl dolls, but the dress will fit most 18 inch dolls with a similar body type. As always when sewing a new pattern, it’s best to do a “test run” with scrap fabrics the first time through. I designed the hemline above the knee (because dolly knees are the cutest thing in the whole wide world. And boots, y’all.), but you can easily lengthen the dress if you prefer a little more coverage or are sewing a more formal style dress.
I’ll leave with one final pic from our photo shoot. If you’re inspired to sew a Mod Shift Dress for your doll, you can find the pattern in our Etsy store!