I thought this was a good time to go over some fitting tips and tricks that I have learned over the years while working with dolls. Let's face it. Some of you may have a doll that this pattern wasn't made for. And.... even if you are doing a doll that I design for. (Like Tyler or Gene) Sometimes the newer dolls have slightly different measurements than mine. Which translates to a pattern that doesn't quite fit right.
So my solution to that problem is this post. My daughter, Hannah, is going to do the sew-along for the Ellowyne Wilde doll. So she needed a pattern for that doll since the pattern didn't exist. Perfect opportunity for me to show you how I go about altering a pattern to fit a specific doll. I'm going to use the Tyler pattern to make the adjustments since she is the closest in size.
I do apologize for bad pictures. Camera was out of batteries and I wasn't making ANOTHER trip to Wal-Mart today to buy them.
To start with we have to print up the pattern and put the pattern together. Have any of you gotten my revised pattern yet? This is how my patterns will look from now on. My older patterns didn't have a margin around the edges. So for those that have the older pattern just but the pages up to each other and tape.
I know I really should have ironed this fabric but was feeling lazy today. Mother used to tell me, "Do as I say, not as I do." So hope you guys will forgive the laziness today.
After that I could put it on Ellowyne without it bunching under the arms. And it made it easier to see what was going on. Hmmmm.... Not good. Not good at all. But guess I should have seen that one coming.
I do all my fittings with the seams to the outside. It makes for easier alterations.
I have seen some muslins made up before that are complete with buttons and even lining. For me that's a bit too much. I mean have you seen those wrinkles and creases?! I'm being lazy today. I'm sure that there is a need for complete muslins out there. But this is a simple pattern and think the altering process should be simple as well.
If you haven't seen my other posts about this Sew-Along and would like to catch up click on the links below.
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along: Schedule and Other Details
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along: Gathering Fabric and Supplies
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #1: Making a Muslin and Fitting for Other Dolls
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #2: Cutting and Marking Our Fabric
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #3: Sewing the Bodice
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #4: Sewing the Skirt
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #5: Attaching the Skirt and Snaps
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #6: Working with Fur and Making the Collar
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #7: Sewing the Cape Together
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #8: Sewing the Petticoat and Ideas
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #9: Making Gloves and Working with Lycra
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #10: Creating the Evening Bag and Creativity
- A Grand Evening: All Finished and a Contest!
- A Grand Evening: Your Grand Evenings!