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by JamieShow
        (wig made by me)

The straps are hanging down in the back, clipped together in the middle to the waistband.  This lets the straps hang over the shoulder forming a soft cap.

I found that the snap I put on for Ellowyne was fine for the top, but I had to cinch it in at the waist.

When sizing for this doll, you should go by the thickest measurement and taper down to the waist. This means your waist rectangle will have slightly tapering sides to accomodate her small waist.
GRACE
a/k/a 'Think Pink Precarious'
(wearing 'Simply Precarious' wig)

The straps are twisted together in the back and clipped together in the middle to the waistband.  This gives a soft look without a cap sleeve.

I found that the snaps are a bit loose since the Antoinette body has a slightly smaller and shorter waistline than Ellowyne.

You can get away with a rectanglular shape for your waistband, but you'll find you need to cinch in at the waist just a bit when sewing your snap.
a/k/a 'Carrie Chan' by Tonner
(Repaint by RavenDollz)

The straps are twisted together in the back and clipped together in the middle to the waistband.  This gives a soft look without a cap sleeve.

I found that the snap I put on for Ellowyne was fine for the bottom, but the Tyler body is wider right below the breasts than Ellowyne, so I couldn't fasten that snap.

When sizing for the Tyler body, you should go by the thickest measurement below the breasts and taper down to the waist. This means your waist rectangle will have tapering sides to accomodate her small waist and large ribcage area.
AJA

a/k/a 'Ellowyne 2008 Basic' by Wilde Imagination

The straps are tied together in the back with a loose square knot and clipped to waistband.  This makes it look more like a halter top.

The Ellowyne body has a very long and very straight line from below the breasts to her hips. Her body is designed so you can add more bulk at the waist and give her more frills and ribbons, etc.  You can cut a true rectangular waistband for Ello.
Please send me a nice photo or two of your doll in a dress you made that was inspired by this tutorial so I can post it here.
Carla in Rotterdam sent me this photo of her lovely Ipelhouse doll named Soo - who she very recently bought.

Carla cut up a blouse from her own closet to make this dress.  She removed the flowers from hair clips she bought at H&M and sewed them to the bodice and waist as accents.  I love the way Carla has matched the fabric to Soo's eyes and the flowers to her makeup palette.  Her blonde wig suits this style very well.

You can see how large Soo is when you compare the size of the dolls  behind her.

Well done, Carla!  Soo is now ready for a summer soiree.
SOO
a/k/a 'Essential Wigged-Out Lizette' by Wilde Imagination

Lel in Wales sent me these photos. She said she had the most lovely day making this dress. She bought the top for £1.50 at a car boot sale* and used one of the flowers on the collar to put in Bella's hair.

Lel wrote:
Your tutorial is AMAZING!!!!!!!
I love how you have constructed the dress and it all goes together beautifully.  I did wonder how I would get on with this fabric but it is so much easier to handle than I had expected.  I love how it falls so much.

Lel has done a great job of turning Bella into a Greek Goddess just waiting for her Greek God to appear in the garden.

BELLA
* Car boot sales are like 'Yard Sales' in America - except everyone loads their stuff for sale in their car and drives to a designated field where they sell their items from their car 'boot' or trunk.
TRIXIE

APRIL
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page since it is updated every time someone sends me a photo of their own doll in a dress that was inspired by this tutorial.