I had to make an evening outfit for a customer at very short notice (like, I had 1 ½ hours to make it and get it in the post for her) and it had to be red! So quick and easy was the first priority when choosing the pattern, but it also had to be stunning enough for the doll to shine at her formal engagement.
Well, I got out all my red fabric (I didn’t have time to go to the shops) and laid it all on the table, dismissed those pieces that just didn’t look formal enough and played around in my head with what was left. I knew the halter top pattern looked great as a formal top when I used satin as I sell a halter top and petti skirt on my other website and it looks stunning (unfortunately, I was out of the red petti skirts at the time). So I just needed to make an evening skirt.
Yes! The sarong pattern is so easy to make and all I had to do was make it look elegant. I added about 3 inches to the length and because the fabric I used was see through, I cut out a lining as well but I cut it slightly shorter. I hemmed both pieces and stitched them together at the top before overlapping the front and making the casing. I put the outfit on the doll to check out the results, but something was missing. I quickly rummaged through my draws of knick knacks and found an old bracelet that was broken, pulled it apart and glued a pearl bead where the stone was missing. A few stitches later and the outfit was complete. I just had time for a quick photo before wrapping it up and getting down to the post office.
The customer and I were so thrilled at the result that I just had to let you all know how easy it is to use an existing pattern and by making small adjustments or simply using different fabric, you can create an outfit that looks totally different. Who’d have thought – beach patterns for evening wear!
The great news is that I have added this extra option onto my existing sarong pattern of both the 18 Inch American Girl Doll Clothes Pattern and the 18 ½ inch Cabbage Patch doll clothes pattern. Now it will be even easier for you to make this short sarong into a long sarong/elegant evening skirt because when you purchase this pattern, the two options will be there. Or if you have already purchased the pattern or my online course in the last 12 months, simply log on and you can print out the new updated version.