|4. Under petticoats - Make a rectangle tube from cotton
material (just like pantaloons - only larger) and slide up doll. Decoration and
number vary according to your wishes. Note I gathered this one well below hips as I
was going to put about 3 more on and didn't want the bulk near the waist.
petticoat. Cut out 9 of the dress gores from stiff/heavy cotton material.
Sew together to form circle. Finish the hem by simply turning under and gluing to
wrong side. Add lace as desired. Slide over styrofoam ball or egg and spray
with fabric stiffener, and let dry. Gather top to fit around waist and put on doll.
6. Skirt. Cut out 10-11 dress gores from patterned material.
Repeat instructions above. Slide on doll and gather waist, tie shut.
7. Bodice. Measure distance from top of dress waist to top of
bust. Cut out rectangle from printed material. Glue around bodice making sure
to make ends meet in back. Don't worry about raw edges as both will be
covered. Next glue ribbon around waist and tie bow.
8. Attach arms with pipe cleaners into shoulder holes. Let dry.
9. Sleeves. Cut two rectangles out of printed material and make
tube. Gather top and bottom. Slide up arm, and tie shut around shoulder
hole. Gather tight bottom of sleeve so it gives the illusion of 3/4 sleeve and
covers pipe cleaner armature.
10. Bodice Drape. Cut out 3" piece of printed material.
Fold both edges under to wrong side and glue. Let dry. Glue around top of
bodice like illustration. **HINT** Helena used a wide silk ribbon same color as
waist sash OR you can find your own lace and do a type of Bertha look. That is
what's fun about this pattern...I give you the basics, and you come up with your own
look. Just make sure to 'pinch' the center to give it a nice little cleavage or V
neck. Add a silk flower or decorate as desired!