18" Doll Clothes Tops
Today doll clothes, tomorrow Paris Fashion Week! With Sizzix Doll Apparel dies, you can dress up any 18" doll in runway-ready fashion.
|Fat 1/4||Wool blend felt for jacket||Cut (2) bodice pieces on the fold|
Cut (2) arm pieces
Cut (2) collars
Cut (2) pockets (optional)
|(2) Fat 1/4||Quilters cotton for reversible dress||Cut (4) bodice pieces on the fold|
Cut (4) long tab pieces
|Fat 1/8||Jersey knit or old T-shirt for T-shirt||Cut (2) bodice pieces on the fold|
Cut (2) arm pieces x desired length of sleeve
|Buttons, hook-and-loop fastener or snaps|
- All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
- Always lock in stitches at the beginning and the end to prevent unraveling.
- Fat 1/8 = approximately 9" x 22"
- Fat 1/4 = approximately 18" x 22"
Assembling the Jacket:
- To add wool felt pockets fold, and stitch a single hem along the flat edge, and topstitch (Fig. 1).
- Place two collar pieces right sides together, and sew from one inside corner, to the collar tip, around the outer curve and to the other inside corner (Fig. 2).
- Cut two bodice pieces on the fold. Cut one piece in half for the two front jacket pieces, and leave one bodice piece whole for the jacket back.
- Place the two halves on top of the jacket back, right sides facing and edges lined up. Sew both of the top shoulders (Fig. 3).
- Fold the wrist edge of the sleeve, and topstitch the hem (Fig. 4). (Tip: The length of the folded hem will vary depending on fabric used, as well as the length of the doll arm.) Repeat for other sleeve.
- Open both front bodice panels so the jacket pieces are facing right sides up. Pin the center of the arm sleeve curve to the center shoulder seam (Fig. 5).
- Line up and pin the outer corners of the sleeve to the bodice panels (Fig. 5).
- Pin as needed to sew the sleeve in place (Fig. 5).
- Pin and sew the other sleeve to the other side.
- Fold the front jacket pieces to lay on top of the back piece (right sides together), and fold the sleeves in half, also right sides together (Fig. 6). Pin in place if necessary.
- Line up the sleeve corners, armpits and jacket corners. Sew the bottom edges of the sleeve up into the armpit and then down the side edge. Repeat on the other side.
- Turn the jacket right side out, and place the collar along the edge of the neck opening. Place the collar right side down and the jacket right side up, overlapping just 1/8"-1/4". Topstitch the two pieces together (Fig. 7).
- Optional: Pin each pocket in place, and topstitch from one corner around the bottom to the other corner (Fig. 8).
Assembling the T-Shirt (illustrations not provided):
- Determine the length of the sleeve you want, fold the edge of the sleeve and topstitch the hem.
- Fold the sleeve in half, right sides together, and sew the straight edge. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the other sleeve, and turn both sleeves right sides out.
- Cut two bodice pieces (both cut on the fold) right sides together by sewing both of the top shoulders and both side edges.
- Place each sleeve into the T-shirt arm holes. Pin each sleeve seam to the armpit seams, and line up the folds on the top center of the sleeve to the T-shirt shoulder seams. Sew together.
- Roll and topstitch the neck opening with a zigzig stitch to allow the neck opening to stretch.
- (Tip: Use the bottom edges and sleeves of an old T-shirt to eliminate hemming those edges. Place the T-shirt material so the hemmed edge is above the steel-rule die edge.)
Assembling the Reversible Tunic/Dress:
- With the outer bodice piece right side up, place and sew a small tab right side down on each shoulder (Fig. 1). Flip the tabs up, and press the seams open.
- Place the other outer bodice piece right side down on top, and sew both side seams (Fig. 10 top).
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the lining fabrics.
- Turn the lining pieces right sides out, and place them up inside the outer pieces (Fig. 10 lower) so the right sides are together.
- Line up the tabs and shoulders as well as both side seams (Fig. 11) to stitch all the way up and around the front shoulders along the top edge of the dress (Fig. 11).
- Continue turning the dress around and sewing along the top back edge and tabs (Fig. 12).
- As shown with the collar (Fig. 2), notch around the top curve of the tabs, and clip off the corner tips of the shoulders.
- Separate the lining from the outer fabric, and turn the dress right side out. Gently push the tabs and shoulders out, and press flat.
- Topstitch all the way around the top edge of the dress (Fig. 13).
- Turn inward the bottom edge of the dress outer fabric and the bottom edge of the lining fabric. Topstitch around the bottom edge.
- Use buttons, a hook-and-loop fastener or snaps on the dress tabs.
- Use the heart, flower or circle as buttons. Place two together to give more depth, and stitch with an x stitch or other decorative stitch.
- Use the heart or flower shape as a decorative element on the reversible tunic dress. Glue basting and pressing helps to keep the shape in place while stitching with a machine.
- Leave off the sleeves to make a vest.
- To lengthen the dress, follow the curve of the bodice panel, and add length before sewing the front and back together in step 13. To add a ruffle, add it to the hem after step 1 (reversible tunic/dress).
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