Grace wears a bandeau blouse and a matching beret. I don’t know whether French people actually wear berets, but Grace is a Francophil who wears a beret when she gets the chance.
The top is easy to make, using the bandeau blouse pattern by Liberty Jane. It is basically a lined strip of fabric with the ties inserted. Then the bottom of the blouse is attached and all unfinished edges are hemmed or finished. The back closure uses Velcro.
I use my own pattern for the beret and pants. I like to use elastic in the back of the pants only. The waistband in the front, covers the edges of the inserted elastic on the sides to make a nice finished garment.
Here’s another look without the beret. I could photograph Grace all day. She is the most beautiful American Girl doll so far.
I finished the sides and bottom using a serger. Then I hemmed the bottom by hand.
This pattern has an option to add a ruffle to the bottom to create a little summer dress.
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