Saturday, July 1, 2017

New Rompers Doll Clothes Pattern for 18" Dolls 1863 by Valspierssews

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Valspierssews 1863 Rompers
Dolls Clothes Pattern to fit 18" American Girl Doll

I have enjoyed creating this design because it gave me so much to think about and it felt really good when it all came together.
There were so many things I wanted to do with this design. I knew I couldn't fit them all in one pattern but how was I going to divide it up?
This first rompers pattern number 1863 is the first of several patterns that use the rompers design. I have worked out that I can make them all different by changing the bodice style and the leg style and then all the pieces can be mixed around to give lots of variations.

Mid calf legs.
Original neckline with narrow shoulders

1863 has a band at the bottom of the leg and the pants leg is gathered into the band. There are 4 different leg lengths and the bodice has a very cute sweetheart neckline.

Button strap bodice version.
The pattern with this bodice will have regular hem legs

I was keen to try out the different neckline ideas that I had so I can only show images of the legs for the listing. Only the long leg black patterned fabric garment has the sweetheart neckline that is in the pattern.
I tried one out on the yellow star garment but the shoulders were a bit narrow and it was too hard to turn through. You don't want to spend 20 mins fiddling with one step. It looks great and you can always make the shoulders a bit narrower if you have lots of patience. I like the final version better but the patterned fabric doesn't show it off to its best advantage.


The great part about the bodices on all the rompers designs is that they can be interchanged with all the other Snugfit Range patterns. The collection of necklines will look great with a circle skirt or a half circle skirt or a skinny skirt or just a cute gathered skirt.
Don't you just love these shoes. I have started collecting some cute shoes because I plan to have a go at selling complete outfits that come with a garment, shoes, socks, necklace, earrings, hat and handbag.



You are going to love the bow tie because it is so versatile. You can tie it in front like a bow or tie it in back for a sash or you can use it as a headband. It will look great on lots of other garments too.

Square neckline example.
Knee length pants and contrast bow tie



Some of the other necklines are the square neck, the button strap neck and the scoop neck. The next romper patterns will have elastic casing on the legs, just a hem and also narrow elastic with a ruffle like bloomers. They all have different amounts of gather in the leg and they can all be made into pants with an elastic casing waist.
I will be looking at making one of the rompers with a back opening. It can still be made easy to put on the doll by having one of the shoulders open as well like in the side opening design. That will be a choice for you to make.
When the rompers have a back opening you will be able to use the bodices from other dress patterns to mix things up.

I have already made the pattern pieces for a 20" doll romper for the Australian Girl Doll. It won't have as many variations but I can assure you it looks really cute. I decided against the belt loops and I made a few adjustments to the belt width and length after making this sample.



Look out for these soon.

Click over to my Etsy shop and buy the new 1863 Rompers. The price is my low $4 AUD so you can afford to buy all the other versions when they come out. Unfortunately Australians now have to pay GST on top of that because my patterns come into Australia from the Etsy site.


Happy Sewing,
Val







Friday, June 9, 2017

How to Sew Doll Clothes: Adding Slant Front Pockets



Doll clothes look so cute with front slant pockets. They are easy to add to garments that have a waist seam.

For this free tutorial I am putting front slant pockets into my free A-Line skirt pattern. You can find the skirt pattern on my Facebook Page.



First you have to realise that adding extra bulk to the front as pockets will affect the fit. You need to add more ease to the skirt front or the front of any pattern not sized for front pockets.

Place the centre front of the skirt pattern 1/4" from the fold and cut it out. This doesn't have to be exact. Cut the backs the same as the pattern.


Cut out the pocket pieces from the free download at the end of the tutorial.

If you want to do piping trim you will need to stitch the piping to the right side of the lining top edge first.
Place the pocket linings on the skirt front right sides together and matching the side and waist edges.
Stitch along the top edge of the lining 1/4" from the raw edge.



Trim the seam. Clip the curve every 1/4".



Turn the pocket linings to the inside and press. Do top stitching or fancy stitching or add trim at this point.



Place the pocket bag right side down so it matches the edges of the lining and the waist and side edges of the skirt.



Flip it over and pin the pocket bag to the lining, inside out.




Match and pin the inside edges. They come together easily but you have to distort the skirt to get them together.



Stitch around the inside of the pocket with a 1/8" seam allowance. I didn't find it necessary to clip the curve.




Turn the pocket. The neat edge is on the outside and the raw edge is on the inside.




Stitch around the outside of the pocket so you just enclose the raw edge on the inside.




Finish the skirt as directed in the pattern.


Download Free Pocket Pattern Pieces

Happy Sewing,
Val


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Coming up soon: How to add slant pockets to your doll clothes.


Since I published the free A-Line skirt doll clothes pattern on my Facebook page I have been working on different things you can do with the skirt.
The first thing was the reverse box pleat in the front. So easy to do but such a nice detail. See the Tutorial for Putting in a Box Pleat.

I am in the process of creating a tutorial and pattern for slant pockets on the front of the skirt for the 18" doll.



The slant pockets are one of those details that are not hard to do if you have instructions and they look so cute.


I realised that adding bulk to the front with the pockets made a big difference to the fit so I ended up adding a 1/4" to the centre front to increase the ease and make the skirt fit nicely again. It always surprises me what a difference a few layers of fabric can make.

I discovered that it is also very easy to neaten the edges of the pocket bag on the inside by doing a French seam. I was very excited at how great it looked.


You can download the free 18" A-Line skirt pattern from my Facebook Page. It is the pinned post. make sure you Like my page so you won't miss out on any news or the Free Pocket Tutorial.

Happy sewing,
Val