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Princess Dress for 18" Doll

I just finished making 2 princess dresses for my daughters.  It was the first time I used a pattern and the first time I sewed a dress!  You can see that post HERE.  I promised my girls that I would make a matching doll dress for each of their dresses.  Well, I was only able to make one so far so here it is.

Best friends!

I did not have a pattern for this dress, but since I had just finished my daughter's I was pretty sure I could make a mini, yet simpler version. 

I used this dress as a guide to cut a pattern out of a paper bag.  I sketched around the top and just measured the skirt width to get an idea of how wide my skirt pattern needed to be.  

I knew I wanted to add the novelty tulle over the skirt because I really wanted to do that for my daughter's dress, but it wasn't part of her dress pattern.  So, I thought I would try it out on the doll.  I really like how it looks.

I added some ribbon to the hem of the tulle.

I also added some ribbon to the arm openings.


This dress was coming together pretty quickly until I reached the back.  I had trouble manipulating the skirt opening and the bodice opening while trying to add in the Velcro.

It works, but I need some practice.  I'm sure I just need a pattern....and maybe some sewing lessons.  :)


 I am pretty excited that this dress turned out just as I had planned!

My girls were pretty excited too!

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Using My First Pattern- 2 Princess Dresses!


Me..use a pattern?  I know!  Shocking, right???!!!  I am so proud to say that I tackled my fear of patterns head on!  That annoying crinkly paper actually did not eat me alive. 


So, for my first pattern I selected Simplicity's 0883.  You may have noticed this dress at your local Wal-Mart. They put out a few of these 'easy' costume patterns about a month ago, just in time for the Halloween season.  It seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to make my 1st dress using my first pattern while also making my daughter's the happiest girls on the block.


I went with pink and purple, of course.  I mean, really, are there any other colors in a little girl's world?

TIPS FOR BEGINNERS LIKE ME

Before I started this project there were a few things I needed to purchase in order for this to go as smoothly as possible.  I did not want to be discouraged from ever doing this again!

1.) The first item I purchased was a good set of pinking shears.  This material tends to fray, so the pinking shears help to prevent this from happening.  The pink material was a heavier satin material and did not fray at all after clipping with the shears.  The purple fabric still frayed a lot.  I think it is what people call the cheap costume material.  I cannot imagine how bad it would have been without the shears.




DID YOU KNOW??
Did you know that pinking shears are called 'PINKING' shears because they produce an edge that is similar to a carnation-like flower that has a ruffled edge and is called Pink. 

Just a little bit of trivia.  :)


2.) Second, I purchased some small universal needles.  I ended up using size 11 and 14 and they both did just fine.  For this material the smaller needle is supposed to prevent snagging. 

3.)  The third thing I want to mention has nothing to do with purchasing anything, but it was another good tip I came across while researching the fabric.  I read that pins can leave snags on your fabric or little pin holes.  To prevent this from happening I made sure my pins were in my seam allowance so no marks would be visible when finished. 

NOW ON TO THE DRESSES....



Here you can really see the bodice.  It went together nicely and was not difficult.  

The V on the bodice was tricky for me.  Mainly because for both dresses I forgot to attach the gathered skirt along that V.  I kept wanting to attach it straight across the waist.  For the pink dress I was able to hide the mistake with the ribbon.  On the purple dress I totally missed the mark so I just decided to leave it. 

The sleeves were pretty tricky for the pink dress.  The directions were not very clear, in my opinion.  Somehow they turned out looking pretty normal.  Both ends had to be gathered with 2 rows of stitches.  After gathering I went back over the edge with a zig zag stitch just to cover up the gathering stitches.  I could not get those gathering stitches out without snagging that fabric.  So, it just looks kind of sloppy to me.  Because of that, on the purple dress I decided to just make the sleeves out of the main material.  It went much smoother.  I decided to add some ribbon around the cuff.



















Would you believe those bows on the pink dress were really the only part of the project that REALLY frustrated me.  The measurements they gave me for the length of ribbon needed to make the bow was too short.  Somehow I managed to make the bows, but it probably took me a good 30 minutes!  Maybe I'm just weird. 

It also said to hand stitch the bows onto the long strips of ribbon and THEN hand stitch the entire piece to the skirt.  Are you kidding me???   Hand stitch?  I don't think so.  The dress fit perfectly fine under the machine and I had that ribbon on there in no time.

Obviously for the purple dress I decided to drop the bows and just add a sweet little ribbon trim to the bottom.



The zipper did not give me any problem, but looking at this picture I'm thinking.....it does need some work.  I used the 14" zipper like they suggested, but I needed a longer one for the pink dress.  I'll have to add a hook and eye closure to the top.  The bottom of the zipper is a little funky for both.  I will need to figure out how to do this better for my next dress.  Any suggestions?

We had a great time snapping these pictures at the park on a cool fall day. 

 
Well, I had a great time.  A princess quarrel...
 
These are not your average princesses.  They love catching and pinning bugs.  Well, Princess Pink likes catching and pinning, while Princess Purple just likes to capture and then forgets about them until she has found her next victim...I mean pet.  They were very interested in this bug until Daddy told them it was a stink bug!  :)



I had so much fun making these dresses!  The best part was hearing my oldest say, "I love my dress, Mommy!"  They have not taken these dresses off since I made them.  

I'm ready for my next pattern!  Be sure to follow me so we can learn together!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Blessings,
~Gina 

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Eco Bag for 18" Doll using Fused Plastic

Eco bag for 18 inch dolls


A couple of weeks ago I showed you how to make a sewn Pocket Tissue Holder here.  Well, it was convenient that while I was making them, I had a really bad cold and was going through tons of these little tissues!  Kleenex really has done a great job in designing these little plastic pouches.  They were so cute I just could not throw them away.  I saved them, knowing I would have to try to fuse them together for a future project. 



I cut them apart and decided to not use the Kleenex label so I cut that off too.



Fusing plastic into a sewable material is really easy.  I have a tutorial on FUSING PLASTIC HERE.

To fuse them I grabbed some recycled cereal bags.  You know, the clear plastic ones ALL of our cereal comes in.  I have never used them before, but thought they would work perfectly as a backdrop for many projects  I throw away a million of these every year!

In this project I cut the bottoms off of the cereal bags so they would lay flat.  I then arranged my colored plastic where I wanted them on top of one cereal bag.



 Then, a large piece of parchment paper was laid on top of the entire piece.  This paper will protect the plastic from fusing to your iron.


The Kleenex plastic was not fusing to the cereal bags, so I decided to layer another cereal bag on top.  After ironing it looked like this.  I was afraid you would not be able to see the color as well, but you could not even tell!  It was perfect!


After fusing, this is what my fused pieces looked like.  It was a nice hard, yet bendable plastic.  Very different than when you fuse the typical plastic grocery bags.  If you are looking for a stiffer material for your project, I definitely recommend the cereal bags.


You can see that there was a little bit of empty space on the left.  I decided to add some more blue strips, roll the clear plastic over it and then fuse with the iron.  Folding the plastic over on itself it soon became a little bag with a little flap for the closure. After that it just needed a little bit of trimming and a little bit of this and a little bit of  that to finish it off. :)

Here is the back...

 I found some scrap fabric to sew to the inside.  This is the spray painted fabric I used to make this painted fabric pillow.  I love the fringe sticking out of the bag.  I saw this in a book recently, except they were using the selvage edge.  I think I'll be adding the 'fringe' look to my next tablet sleeve. 

The sewing on this bag is easy.  I just folded it in half then sewed together using 2 rows of topstitching.  A little bit of Velcro for the closing and a handle made from the same plastic and you have a bag that all the dolls will be envious of.  I could have done a better job with the strap, but I forgot all about it until the end.  I always forget the straps!

Eco Bag for 18 inch Dolls
Lilly Anna is beautiful, stylish and saving the planet one bag at a time! :)  (A little over the top??  Maybe just a little.  hehe)

Eco Bag for 18 inch Dolls

Eco Bag for 18 inch Dolls


Eco Bag for 18 inch Dolls


Eco Bag for 18 inch Dolls
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Blessings,
~Gina
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