I was going to add a ribbon tie at the waist, but the girls took the dress to play with it! This is one we made together.
I made these doll underwear from a free online pattern using material we were given. The bows I made myself with left over ribbon.
This is a vintage doll pattern I purchased when the McCall's patterns went on sale for $1. That happens at certain times of the year. Ask the ladies in your fabric store when the best time is to buy them. The fabric was 1/3 of a pack of 6 coordinated fabric quarters I purchased for $6. The ribbon trim was leftover from another project. Bethany picked out the fabrics to replicate as closely as we could the one on the pattern cover. I think she did a good job.
I also save fabric, trims, buttons, and zippers from dresses and clothes my daughters have outgrown. These cut down sewing costs and end up being cute on the dolls. We have the memories of the girls wearing the clothes and the memories of the girls and I sewing the clothes together and putting them on the dolls. We'll save the dolls and the clothes for their daughters.
For the dress closures, I used either pieces of 99¢ sew in Velcro pieces or leftover zippers.
By time this gets posted, I should be well on my way to having birthday and Christmas presents stockpiled.