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Date: 12/4/12 4:22 PM

I am taking a quick break from the Barbie sewing marathon for the DGD's Christmas - but this rant isn't limited to fashion doll projects. Can we just have a little honesty in those nifty pattern instructions?

Directions say - "Stitch under 1/4" at armhole edges, clipping curves where necessary."

What they should say - " Prepare to contort your body and pinch your fingers as you desperately try to roll that fabric in 1/4" and be sure to watch for those frayed edges that want to come apart. If you were wise enough to choose a cotton fabric (I was not on my first garment) then steam the patootie out of it when completed. If you were stupid and chose a poly fabric - well, good luck with that!"

*Note to self - use only cotton from now on!!
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Directions say - " With right sides together, pin sleeve to armhole edge of garment..."

What they should say - "You will never be able to do this unless you first do some basting stitches around the sleeve cap - and even then be sure no small children are nearby to hear you as you wrestle these pieces under the presser foot. Have the stitch ripper nearby, because you will never succeed in one try. Have you learned your lesson yet and are using only cotton fabric?

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Date: 12/4/12 4:26 PM

I can't resist.....

You working with a 7mm or 9mm machine, there?

I have to go find the link to the Horizon thread - I posted about doing a slippery crazy knit Barbie project.

Half the battle is finding a foot that lets you make those crazy tiny curves, IMO.

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Date: 12/4/12 4:34 PM

If they printed the truth in Barbie patterns, the fourth step would be "Then go to Walmart and buy something that looks good".

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Date: 12/4/12 4:34 PM

Naural fibers are always more cooperative.

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Date: 12/4/12 4:40 PM

No, if they printed the truth it would be "Get your child a bigger doll!" I remember my mother knitting Barbie clothes for my sister's doll- too much trouble for me. I give anyone sewing clothes that small a great amount of admiration.

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Date: 12/4/12 4:48 PM

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"Stitch under 1/4" at armhole edges, clipping curves where necessary."


Ignore them! I found it a whole lot easier just to fully line the little suckers!! Or you could try a vintage narrow foot for the machine.
Of course, I'm still trying to work up the nerve to make Gene's blouse with the 7 pattern pieces, including collars and cuffs!

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Date: 12/4/12 4:59 PM

Lining is a fantastic solution. I never considered it until I saw a pattern which was in a booklet. I have actually made little armhole facings and neck faces, out of poly, for the Barbie sized doll. I have a 9mm foot on my machine.

Two things which might help: cut the seam allowances 3/8", and set in the sleeves, working flat. Do as much as possible flat as it is so much easier.

Next is to let people know what mental ward you are in so they can write to you.

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Date: 12/4/12 5:46 PM

Quote: RipStitcher
I can't resist.....
You working with a 7mm or 9mm machine, there?
I have to go find the link to the Horizon thread - I posted about doing a slippery crazy knit Barbie project.

Half the battle is finding a foot that lets you make those crazy tiny curves, IMO.

RipStitcher - I am not sure what my foot size is - I am using my vintage 201-2 Singer. It has a tiny edge that will sew less than 1/4" - and the hole in the plate is tiny as well, so no fabric ever gets sucked in there. That part is working well, so there is something positive.

I would love to read your story about your Barbie project - please link it here!

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Date: 12/4/12 5:49 PM

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If they printed the truth in Barbie patterns, the fourth step would be "Then go to Walmart and buy something that looks good".

I hear you Coconuts. It crossed my mind before I started this. They are just so much $$ and so poorly made (like mine are better?? maybe by a smidge.) But they are also mostly, um, suggestive in many ways. I am sewing from an older, plain pattern that is definitely not suggestive - at least not the garments I am doing.

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Date: 12/4/12 5:50 PM

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Naural fibers are always more cooperative.

Definitely! The cotton one was a lot easier.

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