Elastic and Lace, and Trims to Use for Doll Clothes
Elastic and lace should also be small, so they are in scale with your dolls. For smaller dolls, beading thread may be just the thing. It is easy to zig-zag beading thread along the edge of knit fabrics—it will provide adequate stretch for doll panties or other pull-on garments.
The idea is to have as little bulk as possible in doll clothes so you maintain the scale of the small garments!
Elastic, lace and other trims for doll clothes should be small--elastic no larger than one quarter inch. Left, elastic beading thread makes good elastic for Barbie and other small dolls!
Beading thread--the kind you use to make stretchy bracelets--is great for smaller dolls' clothes. Use an edging foot to attach it. Hold it close to the edge you want to elasticize and zig-zag over the edge and the beading thread, being careful not to catch the thread with the zipper.
The stretchy edge that results will be hardly visible, but will still stretch to fit on your doll!
For larger dolls, quarter-inch elastics may be a good size. But I wouldn't go any larger unless your doll is a 60 cm BJD.
The main point to take away is to keep things in scale. All trims should be kept to the scale of your doll.
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