Doll Boutique - How To Sew In Tiny Scale. Help | my account | my list | Login | contact advanced search Home : Classroom: Sewing: Doll Boutique Fabric Choices and Helpful Tools Sewing and Pressing Basics All About Sleeves Skirt Savvy Facings, Fastenings and Finishing New subscribers receive a coupon for 15% off! Simplicity Creative Group © 2013 All rights reserved. Powered by <a href=" target="_blank">shopping cart</a> Tips For Sewing In Small Scale. Doll Clothing Construction Tips. What Holds It All Together? ~Selecting Sewing Notions for Dolly’s Clothes~ As a sewer, you know that every project presents unique opportunities to learn something new. Use this spirit as you immerse yourself more fully in the exciting world of sewing from our doll clothes patterns and the many sewing notions available to add the perfect touch.
You most likely have the basics on hand, but now it is time to expand in order to get ready for your new venture. Here are just a few sewing notions to add to your collection: Small, flat decorative buttons. The above list of notions for sewing leaves out the large variety of threads, cutting and measuring tools, and many other supplies you will use when sewing doll clothes for your dolly. Dolls - Costume & Clothing Tutorials. Page 5 - Attach Lace on Finished Side of Skirt Hems & Contrasting Top Stitch This is an easy method to attach lace to the finished side of skirt hems of your doll dresses. 1. The first step is to determine how long the finished skirt is to be. 2. 3. 4. 5.
By making a hem in the material first you see a nice finish on the underside of the skirt if the skirt gets turned up a bit in playing. A hem in the material also gives a better drape to the finished skirt. Article and photo credit Susan Kramer Here are two ways I use contrasting hand-sewn top stitching on the collars of doll costumes. In the dress example, I used 6 strand pink embroidery floss to hand top stitch down the front sides, to the lower point of the white lace collar. The pink picks up on the pink print in the doll dress. With all contrasting top stitching I try to space the top and underside stitch evenly, about one eighth inch for stitch and one eighth inch space. A red cross grain ribbon as the neck tie completes the costume.
Tips For Sewing Fashion Doll Clothing. Sewing for dolls differs from sewing for yourself. Armholes may be larger so you can get the clothes on the doll. Some of the sewing steps are in an unusual order also. I keep a doll of the type I am sewing for with me at the sewing machine for quick checks on length, fit, etc. Accurate cutting of the fabric is important on small clothes, an 1/8 of an inch can make a big difference in a Blythe dress.
Thick fabrics can be difficult, its easier to start with thinner materials until you are used to the pattern. Many doll bodices are lined instead of hemmed. If your pattern has shoulder seams, you may be able to avoid them by taping the front and back pattern pieces together matching the shoulder seams. Hems are almost always done before the skirt is attached to the bodice or before side seams on pants are done. Ironing is almost as important as sewing. If the pattern has darts, I often do them with the longest stitch length and test fit the piece on the doll before doing the final stitching. How to Sew Fashion Doll Clothes. Learning how to sew doll clothes is not too different from making regular people clothes. But there are some vital differences that will make sewing such small clothes much easier.
Follow these sewing instructions carefully and your doll clothes will look fantastic! Add your own sewing tip for doll clothes here. Read Tips from other sewers at the bottom of the page. What You Need To Know About Sewing Tiny Clothes For Dolls: In particular, seams need to be smaller than people’s clothes, and there is always the problem of bulk. Plus you may need to sew the garment together in a different order than you would for full scale clothing. And linings may look a bit garish compared to what you are used to—but there are some very important reasons you should take great care with the colour of both your lining and your thread! I’ll go over each area you need to consider when sewing for dolls. Sew a Seam Sewing Darts in Doll Clothes Special Sewing Instructions for Doll Clothes. Tips For Sewing Barbie & Other 11-1/2" Fashion Dolls. I've been sewing up a storm! Just nothing I can share with you yet. One thing I am working on is some Barbie® doll clothes.
So, how about some tips for sewing itty-bitty doll clothes? Having sewn for Barbie® for years and years and years the first piece of advice I'll pass on is to not be afraid. They may be tiny but they really aren't as difficult as they look. I've got a lot to share so this is a three-part post. First of all, sewing for Barbie® - or any small fashion doll - is actually pretty fun. Like many folks, when I first started sewing doll clothes I began by using commercial sewing patterns specifically designed for 11-1/2” fashion dolls. All of the major pattern companies—Butterick, McCall’s, Simplicity and Vogue—at one time or another have all offered patterns for doll clothes. You can find out of print patterns on eBay (search Barbie doll patterns), Etsy (search Barbie patterns in Supplies), at thrift shops or garage sales. The pattern Trace the pattern pieces. Tips For Sewing Barbie Doll Clothes - Part 2. **** If you're looking for the Barbie Chef Hat instructions, you'll find them on this post ***** Sewing itty-bitty doll clothes continues with part 2 - construction.
You can read part 1 here. Now that you’ve got the itty bitty patterns cut out - or traced - it's time to start sewing. A bit of practice tempered with patience and you’ll be producing runway worthy fashions for Barbie - other that itty bitty doll - in no time. Here are some tips that have helped me when sewing these little garments. Ditch the serger.
Stitch length. Use flat construction. Pressing. Sewing my hand. Until then you can start sewing using one of my Barbie tutorials and sew an apron, (complete with chef hat and oven mitt) a dress or a Snuggie (TM). (Parts of this post were originally post on TheCircle. (I'm not affiliated with Mattel or any other doll manufacturer) 12/19/11 Edited to add: Be sure to read the comments as there are some good tips there also. Sewing Tips. Using Teflon Pressing Or Baking Sheets For Fusible Fabrics & Veneers. What are Teflon Pressing Sheets or Ironing Sheets? Teflon pressing sheets are paper thin fiberglass fabric mesh sheets coated with a thin layer of teflon on both sides. The sheets are non porous and non stick, so you can use them with a range of craft materials and fusible materials yet clean them easily.
The mesh on the fabric is fine enough to allow you to see under or through the sheet to view how fabrics or other materials are aligned, and the teflon coating gives you a non stick surface to iron on, as well as to press on any fusible fibers and fabrics you may be using for your project. Coated with Teflon on both sides, the sheets can be used with regular or non stick irons or heat guns, to allow pressing, heating or melting of items which can easily be removed from the teflon surface once they have cooled.
A cheaper alternative, but one which needs more frequent replacement, is to use non stick baking parchment sheets when you are melting or fusing veneers and heat shrink films. How To Make A Cartridge Pleat On A Smaller Scale. How to Make a Cartridge Pleat on a Smaller Scale Step 1Fold over approximately ¼” of edge of fabric and press. Step 2Begin gathering at the edge and stitch with consistent stitches across the space you want to gather. Step 3Thread needle with a new thread and knot. Sew in consistent rows again, each stitch directly underneath the stitch above it.
Step 4Thread needle with a new thread and knot. Step 5Pull the threads and gather the stitches. Step 6Sew the front folds to the waistband or dress top by taking one stitch per fold. Step 7Fold the waistband up and press the folds in place. Kathi, minipatterns.com. How To Make Ruched Ribbon.