This outfit wasn’t what I originally thought of when I picked the tan/ white quilting cotton out of the remnant bin. I had thought of making a dress for either Cecile, Marie Grace or Kirsten but didn’t know which one. So I put the fabric up on the shelf next to my dolls to be able to ponder who got the dress. It was then that I realized the burgundy cotton twill would make a great companion to the quilting cotton and that together they would be perfect for Felicity. I have been more in the mood for historical sewing instead of more of a modern look so a rummage through the doll patterns yielded Pleasant Company’s Felicity’s pretty clothing. The collection includes Felicity’s holiday dress, school outfit, couple of caps, underwear and night shift.
As for the skirt, there are a lot of tiny pleats (not in width per say but more in length if I was to guess say around half an inch). I did baste the pleats in but I think in future I would make the starting length longer to make it easier to apply the waist band and iron.
The waistband was probably the biggest “design” change I made. I really didn’t want the double closure at the waistband. On the first side, I sewed the side seams with basting at the pocket area. I followed the pattern’s recommendations for the second side.
The jacket pieces went together very well. There is also a lining for the bodice pieces so most of the inside of the jacket is clean finished except for the side seams and the sleeve seams.
My little tip for how I did the sleeve and neck ruffle is that I zig-zag stitched the edge first then turned under twice using the zig-zag width as my guide for turning under. That worked out very well. I do have a rolled hem sewing machine foot but I have difficulties using it.
The jacket pattern recommends eighth inch wide eyelets. To be honest, I don’t think you can find one of those. Even if one could, would you be able to find the tool to insert the eyelets with? Anyways, I ordered eyelets off of an Etsy store that has doll items. I was able to get quarter-inch eyelets. Since my eyelets are larger size, I reduced the number of eyelets from five to three. It was kind of scary inserting them because you cut the slit in the jacket. So one wrong snip and the project is ruined. I was lucky enough that I didn’t have any mishaps.
In case it is needed, my sleeve ruffle piece was 12.5 inches long. The neckline ruffle piece was 20.75 inches long.
Here is the side by side comparison for anyone interested.
Next project up is Liesl & Co Late lunch tunic. So there will be a break from doll post for a while.