Hello there! I’m excited to share a review today of the Cape Cod Doll Pattern (aff link) by Ellie and Mac.
This was a fun project that I resized for this doll, as a gift. This doll was previously purchased from a company called Bamboletta and she is so sweet!
Pattern Description: The Cape Cod Doll PDF Sewing Pattern is a must have!! It includes dress, top, and shorts options. You can make adorable matching outfits for the little ones in your life.
Pattern Sizing: 18″ doll (however I printed at a different scale to make this pattern for a 13″ doll).
Did it look like the photo/drawing when you finished sewing? Yes
We’re the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes (although I made some mods to the construction).
Fabric used (did you use the suggested fabrics in the pattern)? I used a scrap of woven stretch chambray fabric for this project, a ribbon trim for the hem and ribbons for the ties, modified.
Did you alter the pattern in any way? Yes. I printed at a 78% scale (which is technically for a 14″ doll and the doll that I sewed for is a 13″ doll). I found that I liked the ease sewing the scale at 1″ larger then the doll size.
I changed the construction a bit as I wanted to sew this up really quickly for a gift. I started out by sewing as much of the pattern flat as I could (to save time). I also skipped the drawstring step and added elastic for a quicker gathered option.
After cutting out the dress front and back, I folded and ironed up the bottom hems (folding only once). I then folded over the top of the dress (front and back pieces) once and folded over the armholes once as well. I sewed over these four seams in both pattern pieces. I did not finish the edges of the fabric.
I then sewed the ribbon trim over the bottom hems.
When I cut out the front and back ribbon pieces, I added 4″ to the length (this piece is cut on the fold so I added 2″ to the pattern piece). I found with some other samples I made (with this pattern) the ties were too short, removing the gathered neckline detail.
I sewed the ribbon under the front and back pieces. I then sewed an 1/8″ elastic piece with a 2.0 wide and 1.8 long zig zag stitch, stretching the elastic as I sewed to achieve the gathered look. I took a steam iron to this area to help shrink up the elastic and even out the stitches.
Was there anything you disliked or would change? As mentioned above, I changed the construction a bit for this project. I felt like the doll version didn’t need to follow the same construction details as the girl’s version. I thought cutting corners was ok being worn by a doll and finishing this project quicker makes for a fun last minute gift to give. I felt this dress will not get washed as often as the child’s version will.
Would you sew it again? Yes, I’d like to try the the shorts/top set as well.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Advanced Beginner
Does the pattern include layers for easy printing? Other E&M patterns do but this pattern only includes one size so there are not layers.
Seam allowances used in the pattern: 1/4″
Is the pattern cut or no cut pages? N/A, each pattern piece is on one page, they don’t span across more then one page so taping isn’t necessary.
I thought I’d mention a note about printing to scale for dolls. I’ve found the following conversion helpful when changing the scale of a doll pattern (keeping in mind that dolls, stuffed animals, etc. are each shaped differently so you may need to make further modifications).
For this project I used the following equation:
(100/18)14 = 77.77
77.77 is the new scale to print at for a 14″ doll. I rounded up to 78% to print. I’ve found that I like to use one inch larger in size for modifying a doll pattern (for example, selecting a 14″ doll size for this doll, which is technically a 13″ doll).
You may reference the equation above and change out the “14” for your own doll or stuffie size to print the pattern at a different scale.
Go and check out Cape Cod Doll Pattern (aff link) as it is currently on sale. It would also be fun to make a matching set for a little girl to pair together with this pattern.