I have chosen to do this pattern up in every design that I offer it in. That's now a total of a eight. EIGHT dresses all at the same time!! A friend of mine recently told me that I was a glutton for punishment. I'm starting to see why she thinks that. LOL So you'll see a variety of fabric choices for this design as the sew along progresses.
Well. . . . . Let's get to it shall we?
I do believe in pre-washing my fabric before sewing on most things. However, with doll clothing I don't generally do this. For one thing, you don't usually have to wash doll clothing. So no worries on shrinking and such. Another reason is that manufacturers will have a sizing on the fabric that adds a crispness to the fabric. If you pre-wash this will disappear. For some cottons and other such fabric I do sometimes feel it enhances the look of the garment. In the end it is totally up to you whether to wash or not to wash.
However. . . . It is very important to press your fabric and remove wrinkles. Yes, I know, I didn't do that for the muslin fitting. Shame on me. But for creating accurate cutting and marking, a smooth surface helps.
Also I have found that if I'm going to be using this pattern again, I like to create a muslin or interfacing pattern. This is done just as with the muslin fitting. Just use either muslin or non-fusible interfacing. For this I didn't even cut out the pattern just placed the muslin on top of the whole taped together pattern.
For this design:
- I cut the skirt, cape, and cape collar out of the blue satin.
- The pink satin I cut the bodice of the gown, cape and evening bag.
- I also cut the skirt out of white organza for the underlining.
- Pink lining is what I chose because I thought it needed something special underneath. I cut the evening gown skirt and bodice along with the petticoat yoke.
- The lace was cut out and show about that further in this post.
I didn't cut out the knit for the gloves as that's best done right before sewing the gloves. The fur for the collar also wasn't cut out. I'm going to do a post just on cutting out the fur at a later date.
So I chose scissors and the disappearing ink for this project.
All laces are different but most have a scalloped edge and a design that we have to contend with. Find the predominate design. In this case it's the little fairy. We are going to want her as close to the center front as possible. Or you can have one on each side with a blank in the middle. I chose the center because that is also how the scallops fell. I like to have the low part of the scallop in the center front.
On Monday I will talk to you about sewing the bodice. I have some ideas for changing it up that you might like. I have eight dolls to sew for and love variety so will have at least a couple of different ideas for you along with the standard of this pattern.
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!