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Posted on: 12/30/10 8:23 PM
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Christmas and 5 yr old granddaughters brought me into a new sewing world of 18" doll clothes. Hence, the need for some creative adaptations for some of my sewing tools.

Here are some things I found to be very helpful:

*Mini iron
*Sleeve board
*Seam board
*small cutting mat and small rotary cutter
*embroidery scissors for trimming seams and clipping curves
*the smallest Fastube turner for shoulder straps
*a plastic ballpoint weaving needle, invaluable for threading elastic in tiny casings where a regular bodkin won't fit.

In addition, *I covered a 3/4" piece of PVC pipe with several layers of very heavy flannel. It made a great seam roll, especially useful for underarm sleeve seams.
*I used our hot rice sock for a pressing ham. I squished all of the rice tightly into the end of the sock and used rubber bands to secure it. Perfect for pressing all curved seams. The rice holds the heat and gives a good press.

Hope this helps with your doll clothes sewing endeavors!

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ctirish said... (9/18/11 11:17 PM) Reply
These are great tips and I know I will use the ballpoint weaving needle for weaving elastic through for little ones.
Stitches212 said... (2/3/11 9:01 PM) Reply
That "hot rice sock" is a great idea! I never would have thought of it. Thanks, and my granddaughter thanks you, too. Barbie is her favorite. Oh, those little clothes! LOL
cleverkitty said... (1/25/11 9:25 AM) Reply
I like the idea of the rice sock! don't tell anyone I have two American Girl dolls (my own) and no grandchildren yet...
Elaine B. said... (1/14/11 3:19 AM) Reply
Santa brought 7 yr GD an American doll & she wants to learn how to sew - sounds like a good book - thanks for all the info.
wildberrymom said... (1/11/11 3:15 AM) Reply
Especially like the pressing device ideas;having sewn many 18" doll outfits with AG patterns, I know I will find your suggestions helpful when sewing them for grandchildren someday.
domesticatedmennonite said... (1/5/11 3:44 PM) Reply
Thank you for these tips. I just bought my little girl the nicest 14 inch doll I could find, and the poor thing is wearing a swimsuit... in Canada!
solosmocker said... (1/4/11 8:45 PM) Reply
Great ideas! I've caught the 18 inch dolly bug too and DGD is the recipient thanks to Santa! what fun!
Nanie said... (1/1/11 8:51 AM) Reply
Great tips - I'm getting ready to start this adventure with my granddaughter. Thanks
Molliefran said... (12/31/10 1:16 PM) Reply
Great tips! I have recently started sewing for the 18" dolls. Fun!! Fun!!
Doctor Sister said... (12/31/10 12:20 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for the hint about the rice sock. I can use that!
jannw said... (12/31/10 11:49 AM) Reply
loved the rice sock idea..I just started sewing for a 15.5" doll and these tips were useful. Thanx
kathi s said... (12/31/10 11:31 AM) Reply
I inherited a tiny dress form from my mom's stash when she moved in with us. She made the most exquisite period doll clothes!
Angie Jones said... (12/31/10 5:58 AM) Reply
Thanks! Love these tips. I'm teaching my daughters, ages 9 and 11 to sew and these will come in very handy!
petro said... (12/31/10 4:48 AM) Reply
Great ideas! I love the pressing aids info, this will be so handy for other types of fiddly projects too.
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