First and foremost the pattern. They are currently on sale and you can purchase one for eight PDF download or a Paper Pattern that I will mail to you.
As for the other stuff, I have done a ton of shopping online the past year for fabric and for the price Fabric.com seems to be the best bet for me. Here are some choices that I have chosen for the main fabric.
Mi Amor Duchess Satin is my first choice because of the size of doll I'm working with. The American Model is 22" tall and can handle the slightly heavier fabric.
This Shantung Sateen has a slightly nubby texture that works well on a variety of looks. I especially love this fabric on slim silhouettes.
The Sweetheart Satin is also a great choice. If your looking for slightly more drape in the large to medium size doll this is will work well.
If you are working with Barbie or Tiny Kitty this Stretch Charmeuse works best. The drape lends itself to the smaller dolls. If you are going to use it for larger dolls, you might want to underline it to give it more stability.
I have chosen a basic Chiffon for my dress. This fabric is a great choice regardless of the size of you doll.
For an altogether ethereal look you can choose to use this Poly Tow Tone Chiffon. It has the same drape as the regular Chiffon so works with all dolls.
This Shiny Tulle works wonderful for that light and airy look. Try adding more than just the three layers. Or simply doubling up the layers. The edges can either be finished with a zig-zag or left unfinished.
I love organza. Just don't like sewing it so much as it's a little harder to manage neatly. If you use this Star Struck Organza be aware it doesn't work so well on the smaller dolls.
However, you can choose whatever lining your comfortable with. Just keep in mind the drape of the fabric your using. Try layering the main fabric on top of a layer of lining. If you like the way it drapes then work with it. Some of the cheaper polyester linings can be a bit bulky. They may not seem so at first. But when you start adding it to multiple layers are the waistline you will notice it then.
As for the Thread, I absolutely love Mettler Metrosene thread. I have found Red Rock Threads to be very reliable with a very good variety. You can purchase that thread here.
I'm sorry but won't be selling the kits this time like I did for the last sew-along. We have had a major remodel going on. It's nearly finished but with my house in shambles, I decided to keep this sew-along as simple as possible.
Gather Your Tools
Here are some of the tools you might want to finish this project. Yes, I know, these tools are probably what you use all the time anyway. But for the sake of "Just In Case", here goes.
- Sewing shears. Used to cut the fabric.
- Pinking shears (optional). I like to use these not to cut out my fabric but to trim curved edges. Especially at the hem edge of your skirt.
- Pins. You’ll need plenty of pins. I prefer glass head ones because they won’t melt under your iron.
- Hand sewing needles. Ok, so we're sewing doll clothes. Yes, most of it can be done by machine, but a ton of the work needs to be done by hand. When working with those small pieces, the machine just gets in the way and many times better done by hand.
- Silk ribbon needles. For doing the embroidery work.
- Marking pens or chalk. Choose whichever you prefer. Just make sure that it shows up on the fabric. Satins can sometimes be tricky in this area.
- Awl. When using the hem foot having one of these really, really helps. I have one that my mom decorated up. Hard to loose in all the chaos.
- Iron. Hmmmm. I didn't really need to put this on the list did I?
- Tailor’s ham (recommended). Although these are used primarily for "real people" clothing they can come in extremely handy for doll clothing.
- Rotary cutter (optional). When cutting the tulle or netting for the petticoat, this can be a nice addition. Especially if you're not finishing the edges of the tulle.
Preshrink Your Fabric
This is a step that you may or may not need to do. When sewing an actual "Real People" clothing, this is a necessary step because of laundering the garment. I don't know about you but my dolls don't typically get they're clothes dirty. So no laundry needed. However, some fabrics benefit for a bout with the washing machine. Many fabrics have a coating from the factory on them. This coating can make the fabric a bit more stiff and therefore not attractive on a doll. Generally this is minute.
Well everyone. I do believe that I have run out of things to say so will call it a night. I hope that this post has help you find what you need for the 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)