Doll Dress Boutique: Sew 40+ Projects for 18” Dolls - A Dress for Every Occasion
Classic A-lines, sleeveless summer dresses, and party frockslearn to sew eighteen-inch doll dresses for every occasion. This huge collection of over forty miniature dress designs includes twenty-eight complete patterns, plus thirteen bonus looks created from mix-and-match elements. Richly photographed, stylish dress projects are paired with sewing tutorials aimed at intermediate and advanced doll dressmakers. With princess seams, pretty pockets, and a variety of necklines, dressing up your doll has never been so much fun!
Make a Fabric Bow
These bows are tiny, so it’s easiest to tie them when using lightweight fabrics.
1. Use the Bow 10 pattern to cut out the fabric pieces.
2. Using a short stitch length, pin and sew the bow pieces with right sides together. Leave an opening where indicated on the pattern.
3. Clip the curves and turn right side out with a Fasturn tool.
The Finished Bow ready for attaching
Use a corner-turning tool like the pointed wood end cap in Alex Anderson’s 4-in-1 Essential Sewing Tool or a wooden knitting needle to smooth out the rounded edges. Press. Use the nose of the iron to push the fabric and create the round edges.
4. Press the raw edges of the opening to the inside. Sew the opening closed.
Making and Attaching Applique
Trace and Transfer
1. Use a lightbox or sunny window to trace the appliqué design onto the paper side of the fusible web.
2. Using an iron, fuse the fusible web to the wrong side of the appliqué fabric. Allow it to cool.
Cut and Peel
3. Carefully cut on the traced line.
4. Peel off the paper backing and position the appliqué onto the right side of the garment fabric.
Fuse and Sew
5. Once the appliqué is positioned, press it with an iron to fuse it to the fabric.
6. Optional: Sew around the edges of the appliqué with a satin, blanket, straight, or zigzag stitch.
About the Author
Erin Hentzel fell in love with sewing at age seven and began sewing stuffed animals, doll clothing, and clothing for herself. Erin sells sewing patterns online and teaches sewing classes locally. She lives in Willamette Valley, Oregon, with her family. AveryLaneSewing.com
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