Appletotes & Co. reached out to me recently, and asked if I would be interested in sewing a doll pattern of my choice from their collection, and reviewing it. I had just seen their adorable new Jillian Maxi Dress, and loved the pintucks on the bodice, so I chose it.
Oh my gosh, it seemed like an amazingly quick sew after the detailed dresses I’ve been doing! It was fun and easy and turned out really cute.
Little Miss Nikki was absolutely delighted with her brightly colored modern duds, and begged for an outing to the lake, so I obliged her, but came home to an angry mouse as we left Miss Myrtle behind.
Miss Nikki played on the rocks and wished she’d brought along a swimsuit for a splash in the lake, and I reminded her it was still a bit cold for that.
I smiled pleasantly as I passed several fishermen while carrying Miss Nikki, and not a snicker out of one of them. I grinned all the way back to the car. I expected some eye rolling at the very least!
I did do the construction on the dress a little differently than the pattern. The skirt pattern is constructed in the typical fashion, seamed up to the waist with a velcro fastening, but I love using KAMsnaps, and I rarely seam the skirt back up as it makes dressing and undressing a doll much easier.
I also did the straps with my Bernina bias binder. It’s so quick and easy and does a fantastic job.
I had some Kaffe Fasset fabric in the orange polk dot I’d bought for a tote bag lining, which was surprisingly similar to the fabric featured on the pattern, but I blinged mine up a bit with two jelly roll strips, which I used for the ties, the upper bodice, and the skirt ruffle.
I really like the effect of hot orange thread for the edge stitching on the tucked bodice!
All in all, a fun and easy sew, and a great pattern!