Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Latest New Doll Clothes Pattern 1851 and 2051 Off the Shoulder

My latest published pattern in my shops is the long awaited Off the Shoulder top that I used when I did the photo shoot for the Skater Skirt. It looks great on the 18" American Girl doll and the 20" Australian Girl doll.

valspierssews doll clothes pattern

valspierssews doll clothes pattern

I think this one was inspired by some fashion photos I saw on the web. I am always looking at ideas I can convert into doll clothes.

This top is beautiful done in a soft jumper knit. The collar falls nicely. I used velcro on the back of mine but on second thoughts I should have used snaps. Much better for being thrown in the toy box.

I tried out the snaps on the T-shirt fabric top. I reinforced the back edges with 3/8" ribbon then stitched on the medium size snaps using my button foot. It was a bit of a trick to swivel around the bump on the top part but anything to avoid hand sewing.

I tried the T-shirt neck with a narrow neck band but I think that this one with a wider neck band looks just right. You get measurements for the neck band in the pattern.

I also made it in 4 way stretch slinky jersey. I gives the top a whole new look. It stretches down over the shoulders for a more daring look as well.

There are two sleeve lengths. The long sleeve and the 3/4 sleeve. I like the long sleeves pushed up to the elbow too.

As with all my patterns you get the title page with links to my blog and Facebook page. You get a file page to use as a divider in your ring binder. You get the Pictorial Tutorial for printing out. This has diagrams. You get a pattern envelope that you can construct to keep your pieces safe.

I have started putting my patterns back on Craftsy so you can get 1851/2051 from both Crafsty and Etsy.



Happy Sewing,

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Prototype for New Pyjamas Pattern

Pretty quiet here today. Just us two this year.
I had a need to fill the time with designing and sewing.
This one is part of a pyjamas collection.

It needs some buttons down the front. I will probably instruct you to put those on before sewing on the skirt. I wasn't sure if I wanted to have it open or not at this point.

The flounce needs to be 3/4" longer.

I have also adjusted the overall ease for the pattern and added a bit more depth to the armhole.

I will be checking the new changes out on a front opening top and my cute yoga cats flannel.
I can see all sorts of possibilities for variations with this one.

It will come with boxer style long and short pants and nighty length flounce and maybe short gathered sleeves. Of course you can add to the ideas by using my 1801 Classic knit tops pattern. The only change I have made to the neckline is to enlarge it to 102% so it would also be possible to add collars from 1804 Round Neck Dress if they are enlarged to 102% as well. You can also have no front opening and put some trim down the centre front. I used my pom pom trim for the cuffs on this one.

Lots going round in my head and some ideas for free things made out of rectangles.

Happy Sewing,

Monday, October 24, 2016

A New Design: 1850 / 2050 Godette Skirt

valspierssews doll clothes

This new doll clothes pattern is for an elastic waist godette skirt that will fit both the American Girl dolls and the Australian Girl dolls.
This very cute skirt pattern also includes a very cute headband pattern as a bonus.

There are no instruction pages for the skirt so I have put some help photos on this post. It is not hard to make.

Once you have cut out the fabric use one of the pattern pieces to mark the dots on each godette inset. I found this was easy if I cut a little hole where the dot is on one of the pattern pieces.
Do the same for each panel piece.

I set my machine to do the merest hint of a zig zag. I even keep my 1/4" foot on. The stitch is not quite 1mm or 1 on my dial. I find this seems to feed the knit better than using straight stitch and I don't have to use the zig zag foot.

Stitch one side of the godette insert to one panel. Stitch the other side of the godette insert to the next panel.

Finally stitch the top part of the two panels together.

Press the seams open. Continue around the skirt to make a complete circle.

The knit fabric doesn't need the seams finished in any way. I didn't do anything with the woven fabric seams either but I would think pinking the edges after stitching would be fine.

Don't be afraid of knits. I got a little pleat because the top layer stretches a bit as you sew.

Who's going to see it once the dress is on the doll?

You can make the skirt a bit shorter by cutting off the seam allowance from the waist edge of the panel pattern piece before cutting out your fabric. The green skirt is the original length. The pink skirt is a 1/4" shorter.

Use the Elastic Waistband Module for the waistband. See my Sewing Modules Page.

Believe it or not this waistband is some patchwork woven cotton that almost perfectly matches my knit fabric. You can't use the knit fabric for the waistband. Trust me I have tried, more than once, and it just makes a globby stretchy mess.

The pattern file contains:
  • a title page with links to my blog
  • a sewing card with basic information that doubles as an envelope front
  • the sewing card has links to this blog post and to the Sewing Modules Page
  • an envelope back
  • full sized pattern pieces for both the skirt and the headband
  • Pictorial tutorial instructions for the headband
I have also added a QR code to the Sewing Card so once it is printed out you can still scab the code with your iPad or phone and get to this blog post. You can download free QR code readers from the app store.

Happy Sewing,