Agathe has been greatly enjoying her muumuu this summer and wanted to spread the happiness around. The pattern-maker, Susie Graber, kindly agreed that I could share the process I used to make up the muumuu. I have used her pattern and instructions (available through the Hittygirls pattern files). I have adapted the technique slightly to make it fit my dolls!
Here is the bodice (made from an old Hawaiian Shirt) cut with the centre front placed on the straight grain. it is placed on the uncut lining fabric (an old hankie) at 90 degrees…
I’ve stitched the sleeve arc, and around the centre back and the neck hole…then cut the seam allowances, clipped the convex seam allowances, and snipped the concave neck seam.
The bodice has been turned right side out and the edges pressed.
…then the edges were trimmed…
The back of the bodice has been flipped over to lie on the front bodice, so it is inside-out. Then the lining pinned to lining with right sides together, and bodice fabric pinned to bodice fabric right sides together. This is much harder to describe than to do, if you look at the picture above you should see what to do.
A single line has been sewn, lining to lining and bodice fabric to bodice fabric. Finger-press this seam open.
One side seam is finished, and that half of the bodice turned right side out again…do the same for the other side.
…a ten inch/ 35 cm X 3 1/2 inch/ 9 cm rectangle prepared for the skirt, and a double-row of gathering threads sewn.
The gathers are pulled up and the bodice pinned and sewn to the skirt leaving the lining free.
And the lining stitched down over the waist seam…
And aside from the fastening, you’re done! You can make the skirt a bit longer or a bit shorter, add one button or two to the back, or just pin it closed. You can leave the centre back skirt open if you like it that way, or stitch it up part way.
Opal and Agathe haven’t wanted to take their muumuus off since I made them for King Kamehameha day! Thanks to Susie for permission to publish these directions, and thanks to the Hitty’s favourite photographer, who has been known to sacrifice the shirt off his back for a Hitty project!