Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Progress Report on Sewing 'The 18" Dress'

I have been sewing like a crazy person here lately. It is such fun to make all the different variations of The 18" Dress.


I even started putting my cup of tea next to the sewing machine on top of the instructions. Usually I keep my tea out of the sewing room.
Looking at the tea mug I decided to take a break and print a mug ring on my page. I felt so animated that I figured sloshing my tea was the next step. At least this way I could just pretend that I was making a mess.


The spare room is full of dolls and their clothes. All the pyjamas are there and now there are lots of dresses too. I haven't even started on samples for the 20" dolls.


There are so many pretty dresses that can be made from these patterns. There are 7 so far and the red spotty one is the last sample except I just remembered I want to make one with sheer sleeves and a neck ruffle instead of a collar. I also have the ruffle party dress I made last week with the big bow in the front.




I hope to publish the dress patterns by the end of the week. I will worry about the add on bibs later. That's the plan anyway.

I am also working on a wardrobe collection that I plan to publish as a PDF book. It will have 4 outfits for each season and 5 of my basic patterns. I know a lot of you have all the patterns so I plan to publish the wardrobe part separately as well. I have been getting line drawings for all the pieces sorted. Here are some of the pieces.



Happy Sewing,
Val

Saturday, January 28, 2017

How to Sew Doll Clothes: When you need a pusher



I love my pusher. Trouble is every time I use it I think of train pushers.

There are various times when a pusher comes in handy but the most often use for my pusher is to get around those hard to top stitch points on collars or corners on cuffs.

I have just turned and pressed my collars and I need to top stitch around them.



I start by stitching 1/8" from the edge.



When I get to the corner I keep the needle down and lift the presser foot.



The narrow slot just fits around the needle as you slide it under the collar.



Do 3 or 4 stitches then with the needle down, lift the presser foot and slide out the pusher.



Continue stitching around the collar. You gat a nice neat corner.



My pusher is an old birthday card. When it gets wrinkled or bent I can easily make a new one.


Happy Sewing,
Val






Friday, January 27, 2017

How to sew Doll Clothes: Stitching the side seams on a sleeveless lined bodice.

I decided that this method was a bit tricky for diagrams. It is hard to explain but easy to see how it it done.

I refer to this blog post in my doll clothes pattern "The 18" Dress: A Lined Bodice".

Once you have the shoulder seams sewn on your lining and bodice you need to sew them right sides together. I was putting a collar on this dress so I only sewed around the back edges and the armholes.

Turn the bodice right side out and press it.

Turned and pressed





Lift open the front and back and bring the underarms together at the seam.





Pin the seams together. One up one down is easiest.



Pin the rest of the side seam. Main to main and lining to lining.



Stitch the seam.



Finger press the seam open.



Fold the bodice closed, keeping the seams open and press.



Do the other side and either baste the waist together or enclose the waist seam in the lining too.



This method gives a neat finish to the armholes and the neck if you like. I found it easier to leave the collar seam and waist seam visible rather than inside the bodice lining. It depends how fiddly you want to get. It is possible to sew the collar between the main and the lining pieces and also leave the waist edge open and sew the skirt to the lining bodice only then stitch the main over it with neat top stitching.

Happy Sewing
Val