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Paper-Tape Dress Form

Paper-Tape Dress Form
David Coffin Photo: David Coffin by David Coffin Barbara Deckert, a dressmaker from Elkridge, Maryland, and author of Sewing for Plus Sizes, uses a form-making method that I've seen in sewing texts from the 1930s: Brown-paper tape from an office-supply store forms a body mold as well as duct tape does, then hardens into "papier-mâché" to become a pinnable form, which you don't even have to stuff. from Threads #75, p.41 <A HREF=" Related:  doll patterns

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. 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. For the Raggedy Andy collar I used red 6 strand floss with the same one eighth inch stitch and one eighth inch spacing pattern. webmaster

Stepping Thru Crazy: Men's Button-Up Refashion... into Ladies Tank! A few years ago, when the hubby and I lived in Florida (this was pre-kids, so make that 5-ish years...) I bought him a button-up shirt for his work. The deal was that he had to wear blue or white button-ups, so I thought, "Why not both at the same time?" It was actually really easy to do... let me try once again to tell you how I used a sewing machine... eh.... First things first, I chopped the sleeves off. Then I slipped the shirt on and pinned in the sides so that it fit. I took off the shirt, flipped it inside out and sewed up the sides where my pins were, trimmed off the excess, flipped it rightside out again, and tried it on to make sure it fit. Then I pinned the armholes the way I wanted them... carefully......and sewed them. Then I cut a piece of thick white ribbon, gathered one side/sleeve/armhole-front up kind of like a fan, and wrapped the ribbon around it. To secure it in place, I attached a button (cut from the excess shirt) with a needle and white thread. That's it!

The Maxi Remember that one time I used to sew clothes? Well cross country traveling mixed with nausea every night really put a damper on my desire to sew. But I started getting the itch a few weeks ago with all of my gorgeous new fabric. It's long and stretchy. top: Cozy / necklace: J.Crew / bangles: Forever 21 / shoes: Steve Madden My Maxi skirts are available for purchase in my store,

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. 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. Urban Renewal

Kool-Aid Dyed Playsilks – Tried and True A couple months ago I came upon a tutorial on The Artful Parent for Kool-Aid Dyed Playsilks. I hadn’t really heard about playsilks before that but upon further investigation found out that they’re awesome. They can be pretty much anything your child wants them to be: capes, dresses, blankets, scenery, tents and the list goes on and on. So, seven of us got together with our seven toddlers (all under 2 years) and dyed 42 playsilks in total. After we did the first batch of Kool-Aid packets, some of the mothers decided to get a bit creative with color combination and as a result we ended up with 14 different color at the end of the day. Edit: Here are a few answers to some of the more popular questions posted in the comments. Where did you get your scarves/What size were they? Will these bleed? Will this process work on other materials (cotton, wool, hair, etc)? I can’t read the color combinations!

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> My Kanzashi Hairpin My Kanzashi Hairpin Since I first saw Kanzashi on CraftyPod, I've admired them. They are gorgeous! But now that I've had a chance to read the instructions in Kanzashi In Bloom and even make my own, I've found that they are simple and quick to make. I made this cute hairpin in about 15 minutes. These are the five 2-inch squares of fabric I cut to make my flower. These are my folded and trimmed petals. Next you string them on some thread. The hardest part is getting the flower to look right when you tie the thread. I picked a button from the tidbits Ester included in my Specky Surprise. To finish it off, I sewed a bobby pin to the back and stuck it in my hair. Love this post? SEE MORE POSTS ABOUT: other crafts

GeorgiaPeachez: New Cutting Table Configuration I'm in love with my new cutting table :-> My old cutting table, while very functional, wasn't as fabulous looking. I was using a folding table, sitting on paint cans for height. Remember this? Instead of building a wall of cubbies, I used the cubbies to build the island cutting table. To build this I used 4 sets of cubbies and connected them for stability using L-brackets and mending brackets. Nightgown Patterns for Bitty Baby and 18 inch American Girl Dolls American Girl and Gotz 18 Inch Dolls Bitty Baby and Medium Baby DollsNightgown Patterns and Sewing Instructions Maxi Muffin in long dress Clothes Patterns for 18 Inch Dolls and Bitty Baby Dolls & Costumes WebsiteSusan Here are pattern pieces for making dresses or nightgowns to fit 18-inch full body dolls like American Girl and Gotz and 14-inch to 16-inch Bitty Baby in the American Girl Dolls series, Baby Born or similar baby dolls. This pattern is my original design and may not be used commercially. Pattern pieces - quarter inch seam allowance included Dress or Nightgown front Cut one on front fold. Dress or Nightgown back Cut two pieces. Sleeves Cut two with sleeve top on fold. To make your 1-inch square (2.5cm) grid graph paper First, take an 8.5x11 inch piece of plain paper and draw 1 inch squares - I do this by drawing horizontal lines 1 inch apart down the page, and then vertical lines 1 inch apart across the page. Seam allowances of 1/4 inch are included. Dress

Flat pattern hair band This is probably one of the simplest sewing projects ever, but I made a few miserable prototypes before arriving at it. So to spare you the same frustration: a tutorial! Most hairband patterns I've found involve sewing two pieces of fabric together. However hard I try, I always end up with something wobbly, like this: Topstitching only seems to make it worse, so I'm not even going to show you that. Another delightful thing about this hairband is that it won't mess up your bangs when you put it on, because it can be fastened at the back rather than being pushed back onto your head. First, measure the length of the band. Draw a line for the length, and mark the middle. Cut this pattern out, then trace around it onto another piece of paper. The outer edges are now longer than the middle of the pattern piece; to compensate for the wedge-shaped pieces that have been added to the widest part, take off something similar at the ends. Cut the pattern out of fabric.

The Billy Cardi Tutorial with Guest Katy from No Big Dill when i opened my inbox the other day and saw what katy from the addictive blog "no big dill" had whipped up for comfy sews VS cozy knits i swear i squealed and ran around the house doing a happy dance! wowsa! when she told me she was planning a cardigan i thought great, but this is fantastic. so simple yet so fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!! comfy, stylish and easily personalized. i've been so excited to show you all! if you haven't been over to visit no big dill, make sure you go. katy is a busy mom of 5, yes i said 5, gorgeous kiddos. i have to admit that katy's blog is one of the blogs that i am a lurker on. i never comment, just stare in awe at all she creates and of course, how gorgeous and stylish she is. i would like to know how she stays so slim after 5 babies and how she has the time to sew & blog. i find it hard enough with 2 nevermind 5! i'm always so busy cleaning up my drool after staring at all the goodies she makes that i can't manage to type my thoughts to her posts. The Billy Cardi