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Posted by: Mary Stiefer

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Posted on: 11/22/08 11:28 AM
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I was finishing a dress for this Raggedy Ann I'm making for a craft fair and, after much struggle, came up with an idea. Maybe I read it here or somewhere else - or maybe it's my idea. At my age - I'm never sure.

Elastic is sewn about an 3/4" from the sleeve hemline to create those gathered sleeves. The instructions have you cut 6" strips for this size doll and, like a dummy, that's what I did. Well, it doesn't work well because you have nothing to hang onto at the front or back end when stretching the elastic to fit . Additional length in the elasltic gives you that piece to hold onto. Additional length can be cut off later.

If this doesn't make sense please let me know. I'll try to provide more pictures.

Edited to include additional information: JEF commented on this and I should have added this information in the tip. You do need to mark the elastic with the length necessary for your project. I used colored chalk and JEF uses a permanent marker. In either case, it all works. Just make sure you leave additional elastic on each end to hold onto.

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nfalcone said... (3/25/10 12:36 PM) Reply
Great tip!
Hebden said... (2/17/09 10:16 AM) Reply
Wish I'd read this yesterday, the penny has dropped.
Sarah J Doyle said... (11/27/08 9:46 PM) Reply
What a great idea -- and not just for doll clothes, but baby and small children's clothes with elastic as well. Thanks!
JEF said... (11/24/08 9:12 AM) Reply
I do this with one more addition - I mark with permanent marker (just a dot) how long the elastic should be. Then I cut it several inches longer on both sides. That gives me something to hold onto and gives me start and stop markers for stitching it to the fabric.
nancy2001 said... (11/24/08 9:01 AM) Reply
Great tip. Makes a lot of sense to me.
Tov said... (11/23/08 11:33 PM) Reply
This is so timely! I was eyeing a top which uses elastic to gather the bust...thanks again.
Mufffet said... (11/23/08 4:48 PM) Reply
Thanks! This *IS* a great tip!
Nurse Jane said... (11/23/08 7:31 AM) Reply
Great tip, and perfectly understandable as I've been there with those adorable Raggedy Ann's... In fact, thanks for the reminder.
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