As you all know I love to receive photos of the gorgeous doll clothes outfits that you make with my patterns. I also appreciate your feedback because this is what enables me to learn, improve and ultimately help make your experience sewing doll clothes so much more enjoyable.
‘Sew’ in this blog I am sharing with you some of the feedback and tips that my customers have discovered work best for them when making my doll clothes patterns. You may find that these techniques also work better for you too.
I hope you don’t mind me offering my latest tip. I have been making heaps of frilled hats and have started sandwiching the brim in between the hat and lining, right sides together, leaving an opening, and then turning the hat the right way. I slip stitch the opening closed and then top stitch. This makes them reversible, but with a contrast brim and I think it makes the inside of the hat a bit neater as well. I did try to take a shortcut by closing the opening with a topstitch but it wasn’t a good idea!! I have also made the hats with a slightly wider brim, and sometimes added a Suffolk puff or flower. If you do make a wider brim it’s best to take a bit of length out so it’s not so gathered.
This method certainly gives the hat a neater finish and being reversible means it can be mixed and matched with lots more outfits. These hats look so cute! Thanks for this tip Debbi. If you would like to make your own filled hat you will find my Frilled Hat Doll Clothes Pattern for the 18 inch dolls here and for the 18 1/2 inch Cabbage Patch dolls here.
I have been spending quite a bit of time at my sewing machine these past few days. The weather has been so cold and wet that I had to cheer myself up by doing some sewing. There are plenty of household chores I should be doing but I would rather be sewing.
Anyway, I have made some of your patterns and doing that frayed edge (on the handkerchief top) was quite time consuming and a bit of a chore. I found that using a pin to help pull out the threads was not working as it was too hard to hold and the pin kept bending. My finger nails didn’t do well ether. I did decide to try the pointy end of my seam ripper and that worked better.’
Depending on what fabric you are using, the threads may be a little more difficult to remove so the seam ripper sounds perfect, thanks Peggy. I do think it was worth the effort though because this outfit looks fantastic. If you have a serger, drop the blade and try the rolled hem as it works wonderfully and is super quick too!
This Handkerchief top is one of my more popular doll clothes patterns, so if you would like to make one for your doll click here for the 18 inch doll clothes pattern and here for the 18 1/2 inch Cabbage Patch doll clothes pattern.
Finally, I received a question about how to ensure the edges of the fabric stay together evenly at the beginning and end of sewing when using the serger, especially when serging thick fabric.
I usually lift the presser foot and place the beginning of the two pieces of fabric that are pinned together directly under the needle of the serger rather than letting the feed dogs pull the fabric under the foot and up to the needles. This works for the beginning of the fabric but I don’t have a ‘foolproof’ technique for the end of the fabric other than sewing a couple of stitches by hand or with the sewing machine first. But this is an extra step that all takes time so it would be awesome if anyone has a tip that you could share with us on how you keep the ends of your fabric even when serging.
Also, if anyone has other tips they have discovered while sewing doll clothes and you would like to share them please email me and I will include them in future blogs. Or if you have other questions you would like answered, let me know.
By Rosie Saw