Making doll clothes is a great way to have fun expressing your creativity while stretching your sewing muscles. Learning to add miniature details to doll clothes can even improve your sewing skills for making full-sized garments and handcrafts.
I often hear mothers complaining that they have to make several different sizes of the one doll clothes outfit for their daughter's dolls because they are all slightly different in size and while one outfit is perfect on one doll, it may be too tight or too loose on another doll. This is especially the case with their American Girl Dolls because they are all stitched and stuffed individually and therefore vary in size considerably.
Good news Mom/Grandma! I have come up with a solution that has worked brilliantly for me over the years and I am constantly being told my doll clothes fit perfectly even though I don't have the doll to try the clothes on as I am making the outfit. Some clothes even fit both the American Girl Doll and the Cabbage Patch doll which vary in torso size tremendously.
Clips and buttons are the traditional method used to fasten doll clothes, however Velcro is far more flexible and adjustable. Velcro is a fantastic invention and can be used when sewing doll clothes patterns to create flexible sized doll clothes with great success…without the hassle of adjusting your doll clothes patterns! It has ‘loops' on one side and ‘hooks' on the other side and when they join together it fastens beautifully and lasts forever.
There is no hand sewing required and no mucking around with button holes. Using a straight stitch, simply attach the ‘loop' onto the top on one side of your garment and attach the 'hook' to the underside of the garment on the opposite side. Make sure to line up both pieces of Velcro so that they connect properly but you don't have to be as accurate with this as when sewing clips and buttons.
The Velcro can be cut as big or as small as you require. The bigger/wider the ‘loop' side of the Velcro, the more adjustment or flexibility given to your doll clothes pattern. When putting the outfit on your smaller doll, the Velcro is overlapped completely and you do not see any Velcro. Then when your larger doll wears the same outfit, the ‘hook' side of the Velcro is attached to the ‘loop' side but not overlapped as much and some of the ‘loop' is visible. The size of the doll determines the amount of overlap of the Velcro. This method also lets you adjust the pattern to fit tightly, just right, or loose, depending on the look that you want.
Velcro is also fantastic for small children who find it difficult to do up buttons and clips. With Velcro there are no such problems and the child feels pride in being able to ‘do it themselves' without Mum or Dad's help.
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Rosie Saw has created a fantastic website http://rosiesdollclothespatterns.com/ that has a range of 18 inch American Girl doll clothes patterns and 18 1/2 inch Cabbage Patch doll clothes patterns. These patterns are in PDF format so are downloadable and the best part is they come with step-by-step videos (streamed via her website) that show you how to make the outfit.
Rosie has also developed a fantastic How to Make Doll Clothes video course that has over 100 instructional videos that teach you all the tips and secrets to making doll clothes the easy way and as a special bonus comes with 8 Free 18 inch doll clothes patterns. So visit http://rosiesdollclothespatterns.com/learn now to take advantage of this great offer.