So for our DIY Friday, I went back to my favorite craft of the summer: Paper Doll Dresses. Plus this week was the first week of afterschool classes for the Fall 2018-2019 school year and our first project in the Craft Market class was Paper Doll Dresses’. Check out the following links for our other dresses: box pleat, high low and pleated.
And as always, thanks to Julie Matthews for her wonderful multi ethnic paper dolls.
So check out the DIY below.
Kit Supplies: 4″ wide scalloped origami paper circle, 5″ wide origami paper circle, 1/4″ wide ribbon, 1 tin tie, 6″ tall paper doll,
Additional Supplies (not included): glue tape (or regular glue), pair of scissors (I also tend to use my box cutter a lot for cutting), cutting mat, ruler, hot glue gun, paper doll
I started with the 5″ circle.
Fold the circle in half making sure the curved edges line up exactly. Give the folded edge a sharp crease by running the edged between two finger nails or place the semi circle on the table and run a bone folder over the folded edge.
Fold the semi circle into a curved edge right angle triangle. Create a sharp crease on the folded edge.
Open the circle and use either a pair of scissors or a box cutter to cut along the crease lines. Set aside
Time to work on the scalloped circle.
Fold the circle in half so that the fold line is between points of the scallop.
Fold it again in half to create a right angle triangle.
Open up the circle.
Using a pair of scissors or box cutter, cut along the fold lines.
Take one of the scalloped triangles, and cut out the top. You will be using a set of the pointed tips
These are the main pieces you will need to make the basic dress.
Turn the scalloped triangle up side down and apply the glue on the straight edges.
It should look like above.
Carefully place the scalloped triangle over the roung edge triangle so that the right angles and the straight edges line up exactly.
Use your paper doll to determine where to cut the waist line.
Use a pair of scissors to cut of the tip or as I prefer to do, my handy dandy box cutter.
Now to attach the top to the bottom, determine how high the skirt will need to go up the top so that the corners of the waist line up to the edges of the top. Apply glue to the bottom most tip of the top as well as the edge tip of the bottom, as shown above.
Carefully adhere the two pieces together. Set aside.
Cut off a piece of ribbon about .5″ bigger than the waist. Apply glue to the bottom of the ribbon. This is where I prefer using glue tape as its not wet cos it would seep to the top.
Carefully place the ribbon on the over the waist and press down.
Press the ribbon ends down in the back of the dress. Set aside.
Make the bow and then attach to the dress.