Special Sewing Instructions for Doll Clothes

The sewing instructions for doll clothes are fairly similar to people-sized clothes. If you are making a skirt and blouse or trousers or pants and shirt, begin with the skirt or pants. Then make the blouse or shirt.

If you are sewing a dress, begin with the bodice, or top part of the dress. Sew the entire front and side seams for both the fashion fabric and the lining. Then sew the lining into the bodice.

Generally speaking, interfacing is rarely used for doll clothes. But occasionally it is useful, for example, in stiffening a bustier or a sleeve bodice on a dress so that it doesn’t slide down the doll’s torso.

When using interfacing, don’t get special interfacing from the store—it’s too heavy for doll clothes. Instead, use either self fabric (either the fashion fabric or lining), or use cotton or silk batiste or something similar. This type of fabric will add no bulk to the tiny garment.

Next, sew the skirt seams and attach the skirt to the bodice at the waist. Usually, the back of the garment is left open for either inserting a doll zipper, or attaching hooks and eyes or snaps. You must decide the type of closure you will use at the pattern-cutting-out stage—snaps or hooks and eyes require a larger seam allowance than a zipper, although I find leaving a generous seam allowance makes inserting a zipper easier, too.

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