I have been wanting to do some sewing all summer and I just haven’t been able to find time to get it done! Finally, yesterday, my daughter asked if we could make something for her slim body Carpatina doll, Erin, because she only has one outfit. I remembered seeing a free dress pattern on the Carpatina site and decided to give it a go. Since Erin has such beautiful red hair, we picked out a green fabric remnant that we already had and got started.

Carpatina free dress pattern

Alex17 – known as Nat around here – pinned the pattern pieces and did the cutting, then I started the sewing. We did the straps first – one quick straight stitch then Nat turned them inside out so I could iron them. I stitched the hem on the skirt and basted in the gathers. No matter what I did, they did not look right.

I got frustrated and put the skirt aside – opting to focus on the top. When I started sewing the top, little did I realize that we had perfectly placed the butterfly in the fabric and had not even tried!! After a few more attempts at attaching the skirt to the top, I got frustrated and decided to make it a two-piece outfit with a straight short skirt for the bottom instead.

Carpatina slim body outfit

So, what do you think? Isn’t the fabric adorable? Normally our dolls don’t go around wearing tummy baring tops, but, this outfit ended up really cute and since it is summer, I think it works!!