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Doll Clothing Week- Heritage Doll Clothes Book Review Part 2

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.

 

 

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Doll Clothing Week- 1940s

 

Today is 1940’s day for Doll Clothing week in honor of Nanea’s release over the summer. There are just so many different options; it was hard to narrow it down to one outfit for my dolls.  I thought Nanea’s meet outfit was adorable, but then I also had Molly that I could try to recreate one of her outfits.  I have Molly’s pretty clothing patterns.  Then I thought about another KRVP dress and even bought some fabric for it but didn’t want to repeat the same dress that I made earlier this year.  After that I thought about the “Heritage Doll Clothing” book too.  In the end, Wren Feathers made my decision easy when she released her 1940’s Island patterns.  I decided that my Nanea doll needed the 1940’s Muumuu.

 

The pattern came together fairly easily.  Nanea’s dress is made from quilting cotton.  The yoke is lined with white cotton and I was able to get a great square neckline with this method.  For the sleeve hem, I did a narrow rolled hem.  My tip for this is to use a small zigzag stitch at the edge.  This way I had something a little denser to be able to narrow roll.  I use two passes of straight stitch for the hem; fold over once and stitch, then fold over again and stitch.  I find I get better consistency doing the narrow hems this way.

The only item I would do differently next time would be to make the ruffle piece longer.  This is completely person opinion but when I look at Nanea, it seems like the bottom of my ruffle is pulling the dress in instead of flowing out more.

I took Nanea out to my parents’ house over the weekend to show my mom the dress.  She said that this dress would have been a better meet dress for Nanea then the top and shorts she came with.  My mom felt it had a better Hawaiian style to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doll Clothing Week 2017- Simplicity 8397

Today is Pants/ Jeans/ Shorts day for Doll Clothing Week.  I decided to try out Simplicity 8397 for today’s challenge.  It is one of their American Girl collection line.

Tell you how much I must have not liked the finished pants, I didn’t even realize until this morning I had not take pictures of them when I was going to post the review.

I did view E (the long pants).  I didn’t add the bias tape or buttons to the front.  I didn’t have bias tape at home.  Anyways, something basic would be more versatile.  So being up front and honest, this is a mixed review.  The pattern went together well, but ended up being over half an inch too big at the waist for my Gabriella doll.  I know a bit of the problem was from fabric choice and cutting.  But I can’t believe I was that far off that it made the pants that big.

The pants have a Velcro closure in the back.  I wasn’t expecting that.  I am not sure I care much for that. But as this pair doesn’t fit, I am going to table that decision until I try a back Velcro closure that does fit my dolls.

 

My absolute first recommendation if you use this pattern is to use a thin stable cotton.  I used the linen look rayon/ poly for my pants.  It was a bit temperamental in cutting out with my rotary cutter.  So that probably didn’t help my pants out.  Also, with the cuff, there is a lot of bulk at the hem of the pants.  So a thin fabric will be better for that.

My other recommendation is do not use your quarter- inch foot with this pattern.  I honestly believe if I had used my 0 foot for my Pfaff, I would have at least had a closer to fitting pair of pant.  My honest guess is that this pattern is geared more towards someone who may not sew doll clothing as much and not have a quarter- inch  foot for their sewing machine.

Finally, before installing the waistband, try the pants on your doll.  If I had, then I would have been able to pull in the side seams and front crotch seam.  But honestly, I didn’t expect them to be that big.  So I didn’t even think about trying them on Gabriella.  I think they were even too big for my older dolls.

In the end, instead of removing the waistband and taking in side seams, I decided to just put a second strip of Velcro in the back.  It takes care of most of the excess but not all.  At least now, Gabriella’s pants are not falling off of her.

Tell you how disappointed I was, I decided not to even bother making a top to go with this pair of pants.  I will just owe Gabriella another outfit instead.

 

 

 

Doll Clothing Week Kick Off- Lee & Pearl 1031 Wrap Dress

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It is probably just fitting that I start Doll Clothing Week off with a pattern from a company that I really enjoy sewing. Today Grace gets to show off her new wrap maxi dress.  I had a decent amount of left over navy Japanese cotton shirting from cutting out the Deer & Doe Bruyere for myself.

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As a recap, here is Lee & Pearl’s description from their Etsy shop, “In 1974, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg debuted a line of simple jersey wrap dresses, and a new fashion star was born. The dresses sold in record numbers, and kept on selling, remaining a staple wardrobe item right through to today. Dressy but comfortable, pretty but casual, fashionable but flattering, the wrap dress proved a perfect fit for the ideal modern woman: a confident person with life and career firmly in her own hands! Lee & Pearl’s 18″ doll version of the iconic wrap dress offers the same combo of vintage style and modern practicality. Our dress features the same cross-over front construction as the original with two pleats for a flattering fit, a waist seam, front facing, moderately flared skirt, fabric ties, an optional wide, flat collar, and your choice of long sleeves, cap sleeves or no sleeves. Our flared skirt can be cut in one of three hem lengths: traditional knee-length, free-flowing “maxi” (ankle) length and our favorite: a coordinates-with-everything peplum top length.”

It is rated as an easy/ intermediate level pattern. I have previously made this pattern before.  The blue cotton peplum wrap top went to a “Toys for Tots”.  The second one is the long sleeve knit wrap top from scraps a friend gave me but I don’t think it was ever blogged.  As to the pattern rating that would be fairly accurate.  The instructions provide plenty of details and pictures to follow along.  However, the wrap dress is definitely not this is my first time sewing ever pattern.  One definitely needs to be able to sew curved seam fairly accurately before attempting.  I cut out my pattern one night.  Then it took me around three hours to get it all together (that was over two evening after work).  I did have the instructions up on my computer and definitely used them for making the front bodice.

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In an absolutely silly cutting mistake, I cut two back pieces. There is leftover cotton shirting so it is possible that there may just be a wrap peplum top in the future for the dolls.  Otherwise, there wasn’t anything hard in the cutting stage.  I clipped out the points for the wrap front and the front arm with regular fabric scissors instead of the rotary cutter just because of the tight radius.  Also, as I was cutting out my pattern, I went ahead and cut out 1 inch wide bias pieces the length of my scrap fabric for finishing the arm on the sleeveless dress.

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I didn’t follow the order of the instructions exactly. I went ahead and put all the skirt pieces together first so there were fewer pieces on the dining table which means fewer pieces possible to fall on the floor and be tormented by the bunny (Lala does think that anything on the floor is his chew toy).  Same applied to the two collar pieces and the front facing.  Now that most small pieces were together, focus went to the front bodice.  I tailor tacked the dots for the pleats.  Then with my Chaco liner I connected the dots.  I did vary from the instructions as I used my sewing machine to sew the pleats lines together instead of basting.  I left the pleats sewn together in the end.

Probably the biggest change I made was adding bias tape for finishing the arm area of the sleeveless dress. I have serged and turned under and stitched on previous versions.  But with the tight curve of that area, the finish was fine but not my best work.  This time I stitched the bias tape at the quarter-inch seam line.  I turned it to the inside then folded the extra bias under the bodice and stitched.  One inch bias was a bit too wide.  Three quarter-inch or five eighth may be better if you decided to do this.

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Last part of the instructions (besides how to dress your doll) has you top stitching the seam allowance on the skirt down. I started my top stitching a bit higher up just so I made sure to be able to tack the front facing down well.  My top stitching starts right above the ties for the dress then continues down to the hem.

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As a kick off to the first ever Doll Clothing week, we start off with a giveaway. There will only be 3 giveaways unfortunately.  Today’s giveaway is for 3 yard of thin Velcro.  This is the Velcro I use on all my doll clothing and just love it.  Here is the description from Farmcookies’ Etsy shop, “It is 3/8″ wide and less than 1/8″ thick to reduce all that bulk in the back of your special creations. The hook side of the Velcro is on one side and the loop on the other. You simply cut two pieces and sew one side up and the other side down.  An added bonus of this Velcro? Since it is so soft, it does not snag your doll’s hair.”  If you would like to enter, please leave a comment below.  Comments posted by midnight (Central time) on Tuesday will be entered to win the giveaway.

Giveaway is now closed!

 

 

Announcing Doll Clothing Week!

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Mark it on your calendar! The first ever Doll Clothing Week is coming October 10 to October 14th, 2016.

Right now, I am in the process of lining up a few giveaways and a blog hop. If you would like to participate in the blog hop please let me know.  Remember as doll clothing week, any doll will work, not just American Girl 18″ style dolls.

There will also be a Facebook group page so those without a blog will be able to share their creations with the rest.