Let me introduce you to Blossom…
She’s a Maileg Rabbit doppelganger…. sort of ‘same, same but different’.
While Blossom looks like one of those adorable Scandinavian Maileg Rabbits, she is actually a homemade version, but I think she is still pretty cute!
At 22 inches tall, Blossom is the perfect size to incorporate into your cottage styling. I shared a full sized pattern and tutorial on how to make Blossom in this post.
Today I’m sharing the pattern and tutorial for how I made the dress she is wearing.
It’s just a basic dress with easy instructions, but once you’ve made one, I think you’ll be adapting the pattern to make a whole wardrobe of outfits for your ‘look-a-like’ rabbit.
How to Make Blossom’s Dress
1 fat quarter of fabric,
1 metre (1 yard) silk ribbon for bow – optional,
Normal sewing supplies and sewing machine,
Download Blossom Dress Pattern HERE.
Cut out pattern pieces.
Cut from fabric:
– Two bodice fronts (one is for the front of dress and the other is the lining).
– Four bodice backs (2 back panels and 2 lining pieces).
– One rectangular skirt panel measuring 25 cm x 48 cm (10” x 19”).
1. Cut out your bodice pieces. I used the same fabric for both the fronts and lining pieces, but you could use a coordinating fabric for the linings.
2. Sew the bodice fronts to backs at shoulder seams. Press seams open.
3. Place both bodice pieces on top of each other with right sides together and sew the neck and back edges.
4. Clip seams and turn your bodice right side out by gently pulling the back panels through the neck opening, to the front. Press. Tip – I used my doll making chopstick to gently push the corners out.
5. Now it is time to sew up the bodice side seams. This is a little tricky…. the bodice pieces get sewn together and then the linings get sewn together. This way, the seams are all hidden inside of the bodice when the dress is complete. Start by pinning the front left bodice piece to the back bodice piece with right sides together. Sew this seam. Repeat with the other side of bodice. When you have sewn up the bodice pieces, repeat process with each side of the armhole lining pieces. Press seams open and then turn bodice out.
ADDED LATER: The bodice is not attached to the lining under the arm holes – they are separate pieces. The front bodice piece (that on the outside of dress) is sewn to the back bodice pieces (those seen on the outside of dress) under the armhole. As with the bodice, the lining bodice front piece (the fabric inside the dress) is sewn to the back bodice pieces (fabric inside the dress) under the armhole.
6. To make the skirt of the dress, turn over the short ends of the skirt twice and stitch down. These edges will be the back closing of your dress.
7. Next we will gather the top edge of the skirt. Set your machine stitch to its longest length. We are going to sew two rows of stitching along the top of the skirt. The first few stitches are secured by reversing back over them and then continue sewing to the end of the skirt top – instead of securing this end, we leave a long length of thread which we will use to pull the gather later on. Reposition your skirt under your sewing machine foot about 1/8” below the first seam and repeat process, so you now have two rows of stitches 1/8” apart.
Take both of the long lengths of cotton and gently pull them to gather the fabric. When your skirt top is the same width as the bottom of the bodice, secure the cotton and discard left over cotton.
8. Pin the gathered skirt to the outside of the bodice with right sides facing and stitch below the lower edge of gathering.
Then fold the bodice lining piece up, enclosing the raw edges of the skirt inside of the bodice. Hand sew the lining closed.
9. Fold the hem up, press and sew.
10. I used press studs/snaps to close the dress at the back. To finish, I added a silk ribbon tied around the bottom of the bodice in a coordinating colour.
Options: you could add all sorts of embellishments to your basic dress pattern, like fancy trims, coordinating fabrics and hand embroidery.
It’s not a stylish outfit without a pair of shoes…. so I’ll be back in the next post to share a pattern and tutorial for Blossom’s sweet little Mary-Jane shoes.
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