Half-Pint Apron Dress
This half-pint Hitty is wearing her new apron dress. It is based on the dress worn by wee Meg, who was carved and dressed by TC Vollum.
The dimensions are written on the pattern – the dotted lines at the edges are fold lines, and are indicating a 1/8 inch fold. First fold the sides of the bib towards the middle of the bib, then fold the top half down. Then fold the tops of the skirt down towards the hem on the inside.
Stitch a narrow ribbon onto some narrow lace. Make each strap about two inches long. Stitch one of each assemblage to the sides of the bib and tack the lace to the waist. Try it on the doll to confirm the length (read to the end of this post to see how long it should be). Then trim the length if needed, fold and hem the ends. Work a button loop at the far end of each lace/ribbon assemblage. Hem the bottom of the skirt. I have also hemmed the centre backs because it was a very shreddy material.
Sew up the back seam so it makes a little tube about the size of a little reel of cotton (with bunny ears!).
Sew a bit of ribbon at the waist just under the bib part, let the rest flap free.
Knot some thin elastic cord, hide the knot under the waist ribbon and gather the back waist…secure the other end with a French knot under the ribbon at the other side, and cut off the excess.
You’ve finished the dress, keep reading to see how to put it on the tiny girl…
Get the Half-pint Hitty to step in…
…thread the right hand ribbon through the left hand loop…
…and thread the left hand ribbon through the right hand loop…
And tie a nice big bow…the bow doesn’t have to be this big, but I do recommend not cutting the ribbon shorter until you decide how big the bow loops should be.
It is a cute pattern – eh? If you don’t sew up the back seam, and expand it to fit a bigger doll, it makes a nice Hitty apron.