Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The path to perfection

One of the things I love about making the doll designs is the process of trial and error and fine tuning the pattern until I think it fits perfectly. Sometimes it is a 1/4" here and a 1/4 " there and sometimes you just start again.
I cut out the first pair then decided I wanted to use wider elastic and the crotch length got too short.
The second pair fit well enough but I made them too long in the leg and the waist needed some adjusting.
The third pair I made with a flat front but they made funny folds in the front and needed the centre front seam taken in.
The final pair I made in poly cotton and they fit perfectly.
The next pattern I am publishing is the versatile vest, another pattern in the American Girl Doll Snugfit range. One of the items is a summer crop top and I just had to have shorts to photograph it with.
I know you can get free pull on pants patterns on the Internet but they really are just 'make do'. I have quite a few patterns in the queue to be written up but I may just have to pop up the shorts pattern after the vest. It will include classic fitted pull-ons gathered all the way round, the cute flat front pull-ons that I have just designed and probably a few other features like long pants and a skort and a sew on front waistband with a pleated front. They all use the same basic pattern shapes. This pattern will lend itself nicely to some pocket add-ons.
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