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Sew in Style - Make Your Own Doll Clothes: 22 Projects for 18” Dolls • Build Your Sewing Skills Paperback – June 1, 2014
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A Little about Fabrics
Woven fabrics don’t have much stretch when you tug on them. When project instructions call for woven fabrics, look for fabrics such as quilting cotton, calico cotton, chambray, lightweight denim, flannel, poplin, or corduroy.
Knit fabrics are stretchy. T-shirts are made from knit fabrics. When project instructions call for knit fabrics, look for fabrics such as cotton Lycra, jersey knit, and cot ton interlock. Be cause knit fabrics don’t unravel, there is no need to finis h the seam allowances of knits.
Fabric has a width and a length. The selvage edge is the length. It sometimes has writing on it. The width of fabric is the other direction, perpendicular to the selvage edge. Be sure to cut off the selvage edge before pinning and cutting pattern pieces.
Most projects use small pieces of fabric. Use scraps you have on hand. And check the remnant bin at your local fabric store.
From left to right: small-scale print, medium-scale print, large-scale print
When making doll clothes, you may want to choose smaller-scale prints. These smaller-scale prints look great on doll clothes, and the design of a large-scale print might be lost when you cut out your pattern pieces. Narrow lace and ribbons also work well for embellishing your doll’s outfits and accessories. You should choose what you like … large-, medium-, or small-scale prints … you are the designer. Whatever you choose, your doll will like too.
The fabric in the upper left corner is the only one that would need all the pieces cut in the same direction.
When your fabric has a specific direction to its design, make sure all the pattern pieces are facing the same way.
To make your patterns last longer, trace the paper patterns onto tracing paper or pattern-tracing fabric. Use the tracings to cut out the fabric pieces. Fold the paper patterns neatly and store them in a plastic bag or manila envelope when you are finished with the project.
- Make, mix, and match super-cute clothes, bags, and jewelry for all your dolls!
- Gain a bunch of new sewing skills with the help of easy directions and tons of pictures.
- Comes with plenty of great tips that’ll teach you to sew like a pro!
"...this book has us positively gushing! It's well organized with projects grouped by event. ...The Go-To chapter covers so many sewing basics--how to use a pattern, sewing seams, pressing, sewing curves and corners. Detailed photos greet you with every step, including using contrasting thread in projects, which is fantastic for us visual learners." -Gen Q Magazine; July/August Issue 2014
"Sew in Style-Make Your Own Doll Clothes was written to teach girls to sew for their own 18″ dolls, and it does a beautiful job of doing just that. ... My favorite thing about this book is that I just handed it all over to Samantha and let her go with it. The beginning of the book teaches basic sewing skills with plenty of tips and guidance." -Bonnie of Fishsticks Designs; 7/25/14
" I love how Erin "speaks" to her readers. She gives great instructions, has lots of tips and tricks and an extensive glossary to help out younger sewists. ...There is also an ENTIRE chapter devoted to recommended sewing supplies, information about different kids of fabric and simple sewing techniques... so it's a great book to pick up for a beginning sewist." -Melissa Mortenson of Polka Dot Chair; 7/24/14
"This is a wonderful book for kids learning to sew. ...The pictures illustrate each step of the way perfectly.
Erin, the author, must really know the heart of the person who wants to start sewing but doesn't know how, because she takes you through the process from the very beginning and explains everything a person needs to know to buy and work with fabric to make a complete project.
The projects in this book are adorable and creative! It is a great book to spark the imagination of young girls and to give them endless hours of fun projects to make."
-Sue Pfau of Sweet Jane's Quilting; 7/18/14
"I can strongly recommend Sew In Style: Make Your Own Doll Clothes. I am always a big fan of C&T books, but books under the company's FunStitch Studios imprint have many, many how-to photos to help young sewists. And that is the case with each of the 22 projects in this book. I think working on small projects such as doll clothes helps build sewing skills while not using a ton of fabric or taking a lot of time to complete. It's a win-win in my book!" -Gen Q Magazine Blog; 7/26/14
From the Author
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The patterns are accurate, as least for my daughter's AGDs and her friend's 18" dolls so far. The instructions are clear, and concise as are the prep and tips at the beginning. The picture tutorial method of explaining steps really enables young children to self check when they are learning.
The designs are easy to modify with trims, decorative stitches, and fabric choice, which just makes the process of sewing that much more fun!
Since I also sew with my daughter away from class, I have also sewn some of the designs along with some of Erin's designs in Doll Days. Each one has been a frustration free delight. My daughter has improved in her skill just from the few projects she has made from this book. And I love how the designs model the type of modesty I have taught my daughter in dress.
For the variety of patterns offered, and the number of them, the price is phenomenal! We have made 7 of them so far, and each has been less fabric than a fat quarter. Since this book isn't getting into intermediate and advance finishes/closures, after fabric, you need thread, touch tape and elastic, along with the usual sewing kit (which Erin clearly outlines in the beginning of thr book).
For the budget conscious 18" doll lover, this book is a must have. When doll clothes cost more than people clothes, it's worth it to learn how to sew your own!
Update Jan 26, 2016: This book is still a winner in a all accounts. A must have for those wanting to make doll clothes.
So far I've made some pants and a long sleeve shirt, I ironed on a felt patch and it looks great. I'm very glad I bought this book!