Sahara DOLL: Scooped-Back Twirl Dress


As Christmas approached, and dolls were on each of my girls’ lists, I thought about how adorable it’d be if they woke up in their Christmas PJs with matching dresses for their new babies. So with that in mind, I treated my littlest to a new matching dress while my two bigger girls were at school. It’d be our trial run, and it’d get me hooked.

I’m not sure there’s anything cuter than matching Saharas 🎀 I mean…I love matching my littles, so of course they adore matching their littles.


The Pattern

I’ve already blogged about the girls’ version and ladies’ version of the Sahara, and the doll version is constructed in the same fashion. I absolutely love the lined bodice and easy construction with the circle skirt. There are 14.5 and 18” doll patterns within the new Doll Sahara, and I’ve now used and love both!

With this dress, I used my serger, and for my future doll dresses, I just used the triple stitch on my sewing machine. The bodice parts are so small, and while the serger didn’t offer any complications, I just find the triple stitch pretty smooth with a tad less bulk. Both options work beautifully. The only reason I didn’t choose a zigzag stitch is because I knew my girls would pull the dress on and off their dolls with force, and I didn’t want seams to pop on the precious creations. But if zigzag is your preference, it’ll also work wonderfully.



For my daughter’s dress and the doll, I used brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics. The skirt portion of the doll’s dress is modal or bamboo spandex, just because I loved the coordination with the fabric and my daughter’s tights 😉

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I didn’t know I’d fall in love with a doll pattern so much…but when I see this face…I can assure you, there will be many more in our future:


And… here’s a little glimpse from our Christmas. My eldest said her new 18” girl wasn’t ready to change her clothes yet, but we had 3 new babies matching their mamas:



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