|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:
*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!