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Sew Boutique 4 Dolly: A-Line Dresses & Tops

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Author Scientific Seamstress
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by Wilson, Shonda
on July 6th, 2016

“I absolutely love this pattern! Have used it use it many more times. Makes the most adorable little dresses.”

Sizes 6 months - Size 8
Dolly sizes: 15-18"

You asked for it - a style that is wearable,versatile, and ADORABLE! This classic A-line can be made in top, shift, or dress lengths in sizes ranging from 6 months to 8 years, and is just perfect for customization with applique or embroidery.

With lots of photos and detailed illustrations, this eBook takes you through the steps of making a fully lined “couture-quality” garment. Surprisingly, this method is actually much easier than making an A-line with facings - there are less pieces to cut out, no seams to finish, and no hemming! Since all the loose threads and raw edges are hidden within the garment, you can even make an A-line that is reversible!

You may be wondering how Carla managed to fit full-sized patterns in the confines of letter-sized paper. This eBook actually contains a series of bodice templates that you will use to create your own pattern in the length you desire. You’ll be amazed at how fun and easy it is! Best of all, you can make new patterns in different sizes as you need them!

In addition, this eBook contains important tips on fabric selection and finishing. Also provided are several different fastener options, including buttons, snaps, and ribbon ties. And, of course, patterns to make A-lines for dollies are included.

- 27 pages of instruction
- 32 full size pattern pieces and templates
- Over 100 detailed graphics and photos demonstrating each step

*Note: These are downloadable instructions for making a jumper. This Ebook includes pattern pieces. Since it is a download, you will receive this by email and it will also be located in the "My Library" section of your user account immediately after purchase.


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by Wilson, Shonda
on July 6th, 2016

I absolutely love this pattern! Have used it use it many more times. Makes the most adorable little dresses.

by Keen, Narelle
on April 19th, 2016


by Davis, Nancy
on August 30th, 2015

Quick and easy pattern. Very well written. Have used it many times.

by D. Clavier
on February 27th, 2015

love this pattern!!!

by Smith, Jodie
on October 24th, 2014

Fantastic pattern!

by Guthrie Girls Boutique
on September 28th, 2014

Love this pattern

by Cook, Jackie
on August 24th, 2014

Great instructions - I love it.

by Farmer, Kimberly
on June 6th, 2014

Cute for all ages of girls!! EASY to stitch!!

by Porche, Lisa
on May 10th, 2014

Great pattern and easy to follow pattern! Thanks!

by Campbell, Robin
on April 10th, 2014

Very Easy to make and comes out adorable! My daughter loves the matching factor for her and her dolly!

by marsala, dina
on November 12th, 2013

Easy to make!

by thorpe, stephanie
on October 28th, 2013

Love this dress with the matching doll pattern! Perfect ;0)

by Dixon, Gina
on October 7th, 2013

Very cute pattern.

by E. Nicometo
on July 30th, 2013

This pattern is great! Simple and easy to follow. I have never sewed anything before and I managed to sew 8 dresses in a week! All with my three kids playing close by.

by Rainey, Angie
on June 18th, 2013

Great pattern!!

by Fields, Krista
on May 29th, 2013


by Martin, Eva
on May 16th, 2013

Awesome Pattern. I have used it over and over. Easy and clear instructions. Love it!!!!

by Pressnell, Korie
on April 7th, 2013

I LOVE this pattern! I have used it a lot. I love the fact that you can have two totally different looks in one dress!

on March 18th, 2013

great pattern

on March 18th, 2013

This pattern is PERFECT! Great for appliques and is easily adjustable!

by Wilson, Melissa
on March 17th, 2013

Love this pattern!!!!

by carman, holly
on March 7th, 2013

my go to pattern for just about any occasion my daughter needs a new dress =) super easy and clear directions

by Oelze, Cathy
on March 5th, 2013

Love this pattern. Used several times.

by Yates, Erin
on January 29th, 2013

I love this pattern. The directions are very easy to follow. I have made this dress several times for my girls.

by Aerybeth
on January 12th, 2013

LOVE all as wish it went up to a size 10!!

by bauer, april
on January 8th, 2013

this is one of my go to patterns for all my aline designs

by Gilbert, Karen
on December 31st, 2012

Great Pattern! Will use again & again!

by Philley, Beth
on December 10th, 2012

I make this all the time

by Garrett, Amanda
on November 26th, 2012

I have made several of theses. The pattern is easy to read and the outcome is amazing! Worth the money and it is a great beginner pattern

by Wright, Mandi
on November 23rd, 2012

Great pattern - easy to understand instructions w/ lots of clear pics!

by Sipe, Kelli
on October 23rd, 2012

I just adore all of Carla's patterns. The instructions are beautifully written, the illustrations and pictures are very descriptive and she has so many alternate ways to change up your final product, you really don't need many patterns to make an entire wardrobe.

by hippler, teresa
on October 9th, 2012

Love it! Super quick and easy to sew! Love the many sizes. I bought one from another person and didn't like it :( The pattern pieces wouldn't fit together no matter how hard I tried! You make it super easy with few pieces! I am a advanced sewer and can't believe I couldn't figure the other one I will definitely being using this pattern a lot.

by Graham, Leigh
on October 5th, 2012

my go-to pattern for an special occasion!

by Embellished Baby!
on September 20th, 2012

I made my daughters matching dresses with this pattern and they get complements all the time. I love this pattern because it is so simple and easy plus it's reversible! YAY! Two dresses in one!

by Williams, Michelle
on September 17th, 2012

I bought this pattern in 2006 and started making dresses for my daughters who were 4 and 6 at the time. Well, we have added two more daughters and I still use this pattern for my go to dress for my youngest! Super easy!

by Phillips, Tara
on August 13th, 2012

Love this!!! So easy to make and so versatile. One of the few items that can be worn all year!!!

by Pelphrey, Michelle
on July 21st, 2012

Carla C.'s patterns are easy and great for beginners. She always includes several options and the fit is pretty spot on. You will not be disappointed in her patterns. Love all the ones I have, which is quite a few.

by Freckles
on July 5th, 2012

Wonderful pattern and very clear directions! I made a top for one daughter and a dress for the other, was very easy even for a novice sewer like myself to get great results.

by Just For You_bypj
on June 26th, 2012

This is a classic!!! As a matter of fact, this was the first dress that I ever made:) The details in the ebook are extremely easy to follow and the pictures are It!!!

by Thortnon, Mary
on June 18th, 2012

Super easy to put together. Great pattern

by Emmavf
on May 30th, 2012

Easy to follow, adapt the sizes and make the dress yor own! Love it!

by Adkinson, Mindy
on May 15th, 2012

This pattern is so simple and goes together soo quickly. The bonus is that you are getting 2 dresses in one!! Carla's instructions are so detailed that a beginner can put this together in no time. Again, many options and variations make this pattern one that you will use again and again!

by litteken, amber
on May 12th, 2012

This is a staple in my daughters wardrobe. So cute and classic. Tutorial is super detailed questions are answered before you can ask them!

by Coates, Stacey
on May 9th, 2012

Very nice basic dress to make. I was able to whip this up quickly and embroidered the front with a really cute design.

by Lewis, Tamara
on May 7th, 2012

You will not regret this puchase. I've made and sold more of these than I can count. Most popular has been my Christmas on one side and Thanksgiving on the other. So much fun to jazz these up with appliques. I love "Scientific Seamstress" patterns. She approaches sewing like I do.

by Miles, Carol
on April 22nd, 2012

Super easy to follow

by MLB
on April 9th, 2012

What can I say that hasn't already been said? Perfect perfect pattern! It is the staple of my daughter's wardrobe.

by Thompson, Jackie
on March 30th, 2012

So cute and easy to make!!

by Ramos, Marsha
on March 7th, 2012

Another one of my "go-to" patterns from CarlaC. Super easy and sews up super fast. Thank you so much!

by Heidrich, Judith
on March 5th, 2012

Loved this pattern! I finished it in one afternoon, from cutting it out to sewing on the buttons! Easy to follow directions! Can't wait to sew another!

by Jjams
on March 2nd, 2012

This is an amazing dress! I made it at a 2T size and it grew with my girls. It was a dress and became a cute top when they got taller. This is another one of those patterns that you can make several of in a very short amount of time.

by perino, marcella
on March 2nd, 2012

Love this pattern! Soo many possibilities!

by Laney, Melissa
on February 26th, 2012

I LOVE this pattern, so easy breezy. I cut several dresses at one time and whip them up!

by Stockton, Rebekah
on February 13th, 2012

This is one of my favorite patterns. I have another lined a-line dress pattern whose instructions pale in comparison to this one. I wish I'd found this first.

by Emily C.
on February 8th, 2012

Carla's patterns are always amazing. I think this was the first one I bought and have since purchased MANY more. The instructions are easy to understand and the end result is too cute. I love that doll patterns are included with every Scientific Seamstress pattern.

by Flores, Rachel
on February 8th, 2012

This is an adorable pattern with wonderful instructions. I have made several of these for my daughter, most recently her birthday dress with a big 6 appliqued on it and a matching dress for her American Girl Doll that she got for her birthday. She wears the dress about once a week now.

by Smith, Christine M
on January 24th, 2012

Carla is a genious and her patterns are incredible. Even a new sewer could put together a fabulous outfit in no time. I love it as a dress or with Carla's easy fit pants as a top. I also love that it is reversible. I can either use two different fabrics or, use the same fabric but appliqué something on one side. This gives me a holiday outfit and then reverse to get more wear out.

by Nebeker, Jennifer
on January 22nd, 2012

Made this one a few years ago, matching for my 1st grader and her American Girl doll. She loved it. It was made especially for her Poodles in Paris birthday party. I wish the pattern went larger (10-12). I was fairly new to sewing, and was successful the first time. Excellent instructions. Thank you.

by Sudz-N-Seamz
on January 20th, 2012

Fun and easy. A wonderful pattern.

by Winters, Shannon
on January 17th, 2012

Fantastic pattern! Easy to follow instructions and fabulous results!

by TJordan
on January 17th, 2012

Cute pattern! Love it lots!

by Peppermint Street Boutique
on January 12th, 2012

I love this pattern! I've made it many times, and it's always different. I started by making dresses for my daughters, then tops, and now dresses and tops for their American Girl dolls! It's very easy, and there are options for the fasteners on the shoulders.

by Melissa B.
on January 7th, 2012

This pattern is the first dress pattern I ever used successfully. I had scoured the internet and pattern shops looking for a pattern to make a lined A Line Dress without success. I even tried to "wing it", not a good idea. Then I purchased this pattern not only was it easy to follow, it was my "ah ha" pattern when sewing just clicked. I've made around 100 garments with this pattern and my own variations. Absolutely, my hands down favorite. Carla is my hero!

by Southern Babies
on January 7th, 2012

Cute pattern . Love the closure options. I have made many of these. Love the fact it is reversible. Runs a bit small in the chest though.

by Tiffany Hepton
on August 1st, 2001

This pattern is great. I loved that I had two dresses when I was done. We have fun deciding which dress my 4 year will wear each time she wears her dress. We get compliments every time she wears it. I plan to make more in the future. Thanks!

by Heather
on August 1st, 2001

I have been making A-Line Dresses for awhile but I was heming the lining and the dress seperately. I bought this ebook last night and made a dress thie morning....... it cut my time in half! Super simple instructions and very graphic. Thanks so much for taking the time to help!

by Lauren
on August 1st, 2001

LOVE this pattern! Much easier than the traditional pattern on the market (you know, the one's with the thin brown! I can turn out an a-line in under 30 minutes now! I've purchased several of her other patterns, and Carla is a pattern WIZARD!! Thanks so much Carla!!

by Jeannine McCloskey
on August 1st, 2001

Wonderful and easy pattern. Thank you for all the good hints and tips on measurements. I can only highly recommend this pattern to everyone, especially beginners.

by Kelly R
on August 1st, 2001

My daughter is getting her first Big Girl American Girl Doll for Christmas so I bought this pattern primarily to make doll clothes and it is SO EASY!!!! I have never been good at making clothes but I am an avid blanket and tote bag maker but this made clothes so easy!! I definitely recommend it!!!!!!

by Annie
on August 1st, 2001

I was really surprised with how detail Carla was! Her ebooks are unique and extensive! This is such a versatile pattern, I've made many different sizes/length and gotten great complements on them. It was really easy to follow and make.

by Lauren Blackwell
on August 1st, 2001

LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Super easy! This was the first thing that I started sewing over a year ago b/c a traditional pattern was just mind blowing! I can now turn one out in about 30 minutes! I have purchased several of Carla's patterns and they are all AWESOME!! Definitely worth it!

by stacie spires
on August 1st, 2001

I am a total beginner at sewing. As a matter of fact, this was my first outfit. It turned out great!!!!! These are the easiest instructions to follow!

by Michelle Crum
on August 1st, 2001

These patterns by Miss Carla are so easy! I mean I am a beginner (only sewing 2 yrs) !Her dialogue is very simple to understand and her sizing is very flexible,leaving nothing to chance.I am highly anticipating more from her!Sew many choices of finishing...the straps.I love it!!

by Susan Credle
on August 1st, 2001

I'm new to sewing and found the instructions for the adorable dress very easy to follow. I'm using a sewing machine that is 50+ years old, so I think most anyone can attempt this pattern and have a great outcome. My machine doesn't zigzag or do buttons, so I used the snap closure option. After sewing on 5 sets of snaps, I would recommend the button route. :)

by Jessica Jones
on August 1st, 2001

I have made 4 of these dresses now and they are so easy!

by Julie Schindler
on August 1st, 2001

This is a great set of instructions. Even a beginner like me could make this dress in one evening! I can't wait to go to the fabric store and find some more fun fabric!

by Clodagh Cahill
on August 1st, 2001

You never fail to deliver CarlaC. I made two of these today and two mini's for the girls teddy bears. Great pattern with excellent instructions. I have suggested this to a few friends who are beginning sewers. I have received many nice comment on this dress. My only tip is to say if you are doing a reversible dress then hand stitch closed the seam on the least favourite fabric of the two.

by ELaine Starkey
on August 1st, 2001

This pattern is so took a little time to figure it out ( I just started sewing about a month ago), but I am so impressed with my very first two pieces of clothing!!

by Melanie Bueche
on August 1st, 2001

This is the best pattern I've seen in a long time! Easy to follow detailed instructions and a plethora of photos make this a fabulous purchase!

by Amy B.
on August 1st, 2001

Hi Kim!! I can't tell you how addicting this site has become!! I love boutique, custom clothing, but with 3 little ones it's just too exspensive!! This site offers endless creative possibilities!! The instructions were super easy to follow! I look forward to more ebooks from this designer.

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