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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > I want to sew doll clothes, but I don't know how... ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Woes of a wannabe doll clothing seamstress.
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Date: 5/2/12 4:58 PM

Hello. I am a fashion doll collector/addict with dolls like 17" Evangeline Ghastly and lots of 16" Tonner girls. I would love to make them fashions because buying an outfit for Evangeline Ghastly for example can set you back at least $100.00!! I don't have a machine but am willing to buy one later. I would like to learn from someone but don't know if I should go with a class or private instructor. Also, I am in Idaho, USA. Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me! :)

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Subject: I want to sew doll clothes, but I dont know how... Date: 5/2/12 5:09 PM

Doll clothes and realatively easy to make...for the size doll you like. Start out with a simple shift. There are patterns available if you start with Ebay ro get an idea. Just do a search and fine some. Sewing by hand sewing by machine. Good luck...just get out there and make a start. you can make up your own ideas just by experimenting too. Have fun!

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Date: 5/2/12 8:22 PM

Dolls are so much fun to sew for! They don't wiggle, don't change sizes, require tiny amounts of fabric, and everything looks cuter miniaturized!

I would recommend some sort of instructions - if you want to sew by hand (and some parts of doll clothes are best done by hand, even if you have a machine) then start with something simple. A little bean bag or potpourri sachet, say. Just google "sew beanbag" and you'll find some excellent stuff, I know.

Once you're confident enough with your hand stitching, the next step is to get a pattern. I don't know if any doll patterns offered by the standard pattern companies (Simplicity, Butterick, McCall's, and Vogue) would fit your dolls but that's the first place to look. If not, that's where I'd get a pro involved. Call or email your local Anerican Sewing Guild group for recommendations or see if there are any Etsy sellers near you who make doll clothes and contact them. Once you have a basic pattern (a sloper), you just need a pattern drafting book to help you turn that into whatever you have in mind. Well, that and a basic understanding of how clothes are put together but you can get a great start on that just by looking at their existing clothes and backwards engineering them.

Good luck!

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Date: 5/2/12 10:06 PM

I would suggest liberty jane for 18'' doll clothes. They even have some free patterns and they have the difficulty level listed. If you are going to buy a machine, there is a stickied thread that has some great info. liberty jane

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Subject: I want to sew doll clothes, but I dont know how... Date: 5/2/12 11:57 PM

All my daughters have started with either dolls or costumes. My suggestion is start simple, really simple. Cotton no gathers in a cheap fabric with no real expectation that the first attempt will work like you envision. Since you will be hand sewing I would use a fast and fairly long running stitch just to see if it is working. You will learn what works and what doesn't in the process. Good luck. You can do more than you dream.

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Date: 5/3/12 1:18 AM

THANK YOU everyone for the wonderful advice! I didn't even know if I would get a reply or not, let alone so much friendly help! I think I am going to try something simple by hand. Thanks for all of the encouragement!! :)

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