I wanted to be able to give a good review of the Heritage Doll Clothes book by Joan Hinds, so that meant at least making 2 different outfits from the book. For the second outfit, I picked out the square collared party dress for Samantha.
Here is my only complaint about the book. The fabric listed for the square collared party dress is silk. I feel that a silk party dress would be more appropriate for an adult collector like myself than a child. While silk may be time period appropriate, the clothing is still a toy that needs to be easy to care for. A silk dress is not something that you would throw in the washer and or dryer to clean. Plus, the main reason we all make doll clothes is to get a better quality item at a more affordable price. I know I have made my dolls a silk dress but it was left over fabric from the dress I made myself. I didn’t go purchase the fabric to especially make it.
Instead of a silk party dress, I decided to go with a cotton play dress (a little more practicable and affordable). As a play dress, I decided that less ruffles and lace would be more play friendly. It may not be a time period correct idea, but at least I didn’t have to try to rummage through my trim box. The pink is a cotton remnant from Hancock most likely. If I had to guess, I think it would be a symphony broadcloth (it is fairly light weight). The white fabric is the left over white cotton I bought to line doll clothes with a long time ago. I don’t remember what it is.
All the pieces went together easily and it was easy to sew.
The only item I would suggest one to consider is the sleeve cuff. It was a little tight wiggling Samantha’s hand through. It is doable but a child may get frustrated that the dress isn’t easy to put on. If I did this again, I would consider putting in some Velcro at the bottom of the sleeve to make it slide easier over Samantha’s hand. The side seam would start about a half-inch to an inch above the bottom of sleeve cuff. If you have it, look at Pleasant Company’s Kirsten’s school dress for what I was thinking about.