Assembling The Pattern
Your pattern comes with instructions on this but if your like me it's a bit easier when you actually see it. So...
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 have had a request for this pattern to be made up for the Ellowyne Wilde doll and think it's a wonderful idea. So am working on that project. It should be done in the next couple of days.
Cut Out All Your Pieces
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.
The only thing to be cut out that might be a bit different for you is the Skirt Overlay. Anytime you cut chiffon it can be a bit tricky. So ironing the fabric helps because it creates a static cling. That static will help the fabric to stay put better. Also you can use a rotary cutter for the hem. Or just take long smooth cuts with your scissors.
Because this pattern is three pieces in one you can either transfer the extra pieces to muslin or you can do what I do. Start by cutting the longest section first.
- I cut the skirt, bodice pieces, extension, and evening bag out of the purple satin.
- The chiffon I cut the three different skirt overlays.
- I cut the skirt, bodice and petticoat yoke from the lining fabric.
- For the tulle I cut the petticoat and did actually use the rotary cutter for that for a cleaner hem edge.
- I made another copy of the glove pattern and cut that out of a knit.
Marking Your Fabric
Now for the marking of your pattern. Again, there are a multitude of options for this. The tracing paper and wheel to me isn't a good option for this pattern. Doll patterns in general don't require this tool. The marking pen, with the disappearing ink is a good option. However, be careful. I have found that the marks don't disappear nearly as easy as you think. The chalk pens work well although they don't show up that well on satins in my opinion.
So I chose scissors and the disappearing ink for this project.
That's about it for today. Would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about this sew-along.
If you haven't seen my other posts about this Sew-Along and would like to catch up click on the links below.
- Announcing the Sweet Violet Sew-Along (May 28)
- Sweet Violet Sew-Along: Gathering Fabric and Supplies (May 29)
- Sweet Violet Sew-Along: Cutting and Marking Our Fabric (June 2)
- Sweet Violet Sew-Along: Sewing the Bodice (June 4)
- Sweet Violet Sew-Along: Preparing the Skirt Overlay (June 6)
- Sweet Violet Sew-Along: Sewing the Skirt Together (June 8)
- Sweet Violet Sew-Along: Attaching the Skirt and Snaps (June 10)
- Sweet Violet Sew-Along: Embroidery Work and Misc. (June 12)
- Sweet Violet Sew-Along: Sewing the Petticoat (June 15)
- Sweet Violet Sew-Along: Making the Gloves & Purse (June 17)