Raileigh’s Yoko Paper Doll Dress


One of my favorite blogs to read is Lil Blue Boo. I found this magnificent little slice of the web about a year ago. Ashley- the beautiful mom behind Lil Blue Boo- used to work in corporate banking. Now, she spends her days with her adorable daughter “Boo” creating some of the most unique and original clothing I have came across. She also paints and does all sorts of other crafts as well, but that’s for another post!

One thing that I love about Lil Blue Boo is how many patterns and tutorials that Ashley shares. She provides many tutorials completely free of charge on her website. Some of her other patterns are available for a small fee in her etsy shop. It seems that every time Ashley debuts a new pattern, she has a giveaway for a few copies as well.

Not long after I began reading Lil Blue Boo, I was fortunate enough to win one of Ashley’s patterns- The Paper Doll Dress. I had tinkered with a few of her tutorials previously, but this was my first taste of a Lil Blue Boo pattern.

I was thrilled to see just how easy it was to use. I had just really started to get in to sewing, so I wasn’t all that confident in my skills. I had decided that I wanted Raileigh to be Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween, and I actually used the paper doll pattern to create her dress! Here are a few pictures of her on Halloween night.




I have used the pattern for other dresses since then, but that Little Red Riding Hood dress has always held a special place in my heart.

Recently, I pulled out the trusty Paper Doll Dress again. I had purchased a remnant of the beautiful Yoko fabric by Alexander Henry and wanted to put it to good use. I thought it would be the perfect yoke on a paper doll dress. I decided to add some big gathering pockets from the fabric as well. Of course, that meant I needed more than just my remnant of Yoko, but that’s okay.

Back of the dress

Sorry for the not-so-good picture of the dress. I’m not sure what happened, but all of my pictures of the dress alone looked bad. But, we went outside for our customary photos, and I hope those will give you a better look at the dress.




Part of the way through our make-shift photo session, Raileigh’s little knee met the concrete. So, we have a nice bright bandaid and sticker in some of our pictures. She’s trooper, though- not one tear was shed! She just kept trying to play with the blood because she didn’t know what it was.


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