Continuing the celebration of National Sewing Month (for everyone in the United States), I’m super excited to be sharing all these wonderful photos with you in my September Share and Tell.
We’re starting off with an adorable Dorothy outfit that Chris made from my Pinafore Dress and Blouse patterns and it is being modelled on her very own hand made doll. Just look at the gorgeous big blue eyes on Dorothy and Chris has even made a little basket for Toto….super cute! The doll is a limited edition Thelma Resch doll that Chris bought about 10 years ago as a face, hands and legs in vinyl. Chris now makes rag dolls and has an Australian Etsy shop Krizco, if you want to see some more of her work.
Next, we have Maria, who has been very adventurous and reduce my Pinafore Dress pattern to fit a Mini American Girl doll. Both dolls look gorgeous and seem to be enjoying the beautiful Swedish weather. As Maria found out, it’s important to remember when reducing patterns that you consider adding a little extra back to the width of little straps and bands because when you reduce the pattern you are also reducing the seam allowance. ‘Hi Rosie! This time I resized the Pinafore Dress pattern to fit a 6.5″ Mini America’s Girl Doll. I printed it in 45% and had to shorten the shoulder straps with about 2.5 cm after printing. Next time I think I will cut the waistband a little bit wider to have a little more fabric to work with and to fold. But it turned out very nicely I think! Best regards, Maria in Sweden’
Although I don’t have any photos to share just yet, I just had to share some of the emails I have received from Judy as it seems like she is having lots of fun with my How To Make Doll Clothe video course.
I just have to tell you that the sewing video I bought from you is the best!!!!! I love your video and have learned sooooooo much. …. I am so excited to learn. …..I have gotten through all the videos and some more than once. Being a new sewer, I can’t say I have a favorite. They were all so awesome!!!! You are so thorough in your thought process and it shows on the video. Easy to learn and easy to follow.
I did make the Crop top, the shorts and the nightie. Not bad for a beginner I must say. I have to take some pics and then I will email them to you. I also made a pair of underpants to go with the nightie and I love them. Lol. Gotta say one thing, the panties were a bit of a pain for me. My material kept jamming the feed plate. I wish I would have known about your article on “machine eating material” that I found this morning. Thanks.
I have only good to say about your videos, patterns everything you do and say. You are an excellent teacher. I love sewing and I am getting better and better. I have a teacher who I love she has been sewing for many years and I have learned so much from her.
Thank you and have a blessed day! Judy’
How cute is this! Jo reduced my summer dress pattern to 75% and was a little worried about the fit on her granddaughter’s 12″ Corolle doll, Jeanie, as she didn’t have her to try on while she was making it. Well the results are in, it’s a perfect fit and a real winner by the looks of this photo. I also love the sentimental value behind the fabric.
‘Hi Rosie, Today I finally got around to having a go at making your summer dress at 75% size and it turned out reasonably ok although I don’t have my own doll to try it on. Here it is, modelled by a poppet doll I’ve knitted.’ ….Good news, the 75% dress I made fits the 12 inch Corolle doll perfectly….. Here’s a pic of the Lucy and her doll, Jeanie. Now to make another couple for Lucy’s London cousin Isabelle. The material I’m using comes from their late great aunty’s stash so in a way they are heritage items.’
Helen has also had the challenge of making doll clothes for her granddaughter’s dolls without a doll to try them on as she’s making them – her granddaughter lives in another part of the country. In the end Helen bought herself a Baby Alive doll so that she could confidently make lots of little summer dresses for her granddaughter. This is only a couple of the dresses that Helen has been making and they all turned out beautifully.
‘Hi Rosie, I have had a great time with this pattern. No idea what I did, just folded and scrunched the pattern on the doll till it fitted, then photocopied and made a new pattern. I have done a couple and then made a dress to match for granddaughter as well. Nearly time to try a new pattern. Helen’
Great to see so many of you resizing and adjusting patterns to fit your various dolls. Once you get the hang of it, it really does become addictive!
Don’t forget that we’re celebrating ‘Sewtember’ at the moment and you get 20% off everything in store using coupon code SEP20. Offer expires September 30, 2017 so be quick!