We previously posted a blog about creating the perfect gifts for girls. By creating new dresses for the girl in your life’s doll collection, you are giving a gift made from the heart. The previous blog showed you how to make a dress pattern for dolls made from basic newspaper lying around the house. In a brief recap for some that may have missed the blog, we measured a doll using newspaper, drew a dress pattern, and cut the dress pattern out.
We finished out tutorial by folding the pattern in half to make sure it was even and measuring it to the doll to make sure the dress will fit. This blog will assist you in taking that dress pattern and turning it into a fabric dress.
What Will I Need?
For this phase, you will need a sewing kit, scissors, and a fabric of your choice. The materials are pretty basic. It is important to remember, the process of making a dress may require some time and patients, so if you begin feeling frustrated with making your dress, walk away for a few minutes, then come back when you are more relaxed and can focus clearly.
Attaching The Pattern To The Fabric
When making a dress, it is important to remember that a dress needs to have two sides to cover the doll. So for this reason, we want to fold the fabric in half, so the pattern will make two sides of the dress instead of one that will cover the front. Though this step seems simple, it is important, if you don’t fold the fabric in half you may end up with only the front of the dress and have to buy more fabric to start over again.
Once you have folded the fabric, place your pattern on the fabric using sewing pins. Make sure the fabric is held firmly into place to avoid shifting around while you are cutting.
Using The Pattern To Cut The Fabric
The next step is to cut the fabric while tracing the pattern. You may want to leave a little space between the fabric and the patter so you can have a little bit of room for error. You want to move slowly during this step and take your time, you don’t want to rush and cut into the pattern, because then the dress might not have enough fabric to sew together and you will have to start all over again.
Sewing The Dress
Once you have cut out your two pieces, you are going to want to sew the pieces together at the back of the dress to put the dress together. You want to use a backstitch so the dress will not fall apart later on down the road.
When you have sewed the entire back of the dress, you don’t want to sew neck pieces, because they may be difficult to get on your doll, unless the dress has a basic neckline, then you will want to sew a shoulder seem on each side.
Kate Carson has been in the doll industry for the past 20 years, 10 of which she has spend creating her own doll collections. Her latest publications educate the public about how dolls and doll fashion can make the perfect gifts for girls that will be remembered and passed down from one generation to the next.
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