Wow, I’ve never gotten as much feedback about a pattern as I have about last week’s pants. Everything from “Hooray, these fit great!” to “They don’t fit at all”.
Two things: First of all, make sure the pattern is printing AT ACTUAL SIZE. There’s a square on almost every page of my pattern pieces that’s an inch. Sometimes the text (one inch) pastes into it, sometimes not, but find the box and match it to a ruler to make sure it printed at the correct size. Not just “Yeah, it’s pretty much an inch” but “Yes it’s exactly on the inch lines of my ruler!”
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Second, the smaller your pattern pieces, the more important your seam allowances are. Way back when I started sewing doll clothes on the machine, I just used the edge of my presser foot to gauge the seam allowances, figuring it looked about right, and sometimes things fit and sometimes they were too tight. What was the problem? Most presser feet edges are 3/8″ unless you have a special 1/4″ presser foot sold for quilters. For bigger dolls it’s not as much of an issue, but every mistake gets multiplied and magnified at smaller scale. Click the pic below to see the difference…you end up losing half an inch all around with just a tiny bit larger seam allowance!
If the bottoms of your pants should have been 3″ around with 1/4″ at the outseam and inseam, and you used 3/8″ seams, you just decreased it by 1/4″ at both sides (1/8″ off each pattern piece), so your pants ended up 2.5″ around instead. It sounds minor, but can have a big impact on the fit. The top of your pants wouldn’t match up to the waistband either! Stick a little strip of blue masking tape onto your seam allowance guide at the 1/4″ mark to help you be precise!
Good news: the rest of the outfits for the sew-along are loose fitting 🙂
So, you want to sew for other doll sizes? Yes! That was abundantly clear from the survey. The majority of you are intermediate sewers who sew for your own dolls and have a variety of different types. Modern clothes and separates seem slightly more preferred than others, so the sew-along is right on track there! Lots of you buy mini AGs to use as dolls for bigger dolls and want to sew for them (how cute!)
Rest assured, this blog will probably stay primarily about your favorite three sizes (Sasha/KnC, H4H and AG) but other dolls you mentioned in the survey may make appearances on the blog from time to time, including 10″ Tonner Patsy/AE/Half Pint who’s a favorite with a lot of people, and maybe some small to medium BJDs as well… like the very poseable Ruby Red Senson doll here:
(click photo to see an album of her poseability)
Here are the survey results: (click to enlarge, then click again to enlarge big enough to read)
With the warm weather, garage sale season is upon us. And let’s say you spot a fabulous doll, at a fabulous price… who’s covered with filth, nail polish, ball point pen, and other mysterious stains. Yes! You should buy her! And here’s a tutorial on how to fix her up!
We’re now in week 2 of the summer sew-along!
This week’s pattern is a basic dress/blouse with a wide neckline to keep the dollies cool for the summer. Wear it with your fun interpretation of last week’s pants or by itself. Make it plain like these:
Or dressed up with trim or contrast fabric like these
If you sent me a link to your photo on flickr of last week’s pants, you should have received this pattern in your email today. If not, please search your junk/bulk/spam for “sew-along pattern”
If you’re participating in the sew-along, your next photo of what you did with this pattern needs to be posted to https://www.flickr.com/groups/summersewalong/ before the 20th of June, and I’ll send everyone the next week’s pattern that day.