Sewing notions are any small items used in making clothes, such as zippers, needles and pins , thread, buttons and so forth. For sewing doll clothes, many of these items need to be extra small. It's important to keep anything you use with dolls in scale, or it will ruin the whole look.
Some of these things can be found at specialized shops, usually online, that sell things like patterns or notions needed for doll sewing. If you look carefully, sometimes buttons or other notions meant for sewing for children can be adapted to sewing for dolls. For larger dolls, I've used human scale zippers, particularly the "invisible" zippers. Let your imagination be your guide and see what you can adapt!
Fabrics should be in small scale, too. Out-of-scale notions will make your doll clothes look amateurish, plus you won't enjoy them as much. There's nothing so satisfying as having made an outfit that is perfect for your doll. And in scale notions will allow you to achieve perfection!
While you may not need everything on this list, here is a list of accessories you will need to collect. When you shop, buy a bit more than you need so you have it on hand. If you have to order from the internet, it may take time to get your order and of course, costs postage money. Save money by ordering larger quantities!
Here is some particular information about each type of notion:
Elastic, Lace and Trims
Metal Eyelets and Rivets
Buckles and Other Garment Fasteners
Dritz for Dolls is a line of specialized products made by Dritz, a well-know sewing notions company. If you can find them, this may be a good source for many of these small items needed for sewing doll clothes. Check online retailers to see if they carry this line of doll supplies.
Scrapbook suppliers often carry small notions. I've found tiny doll buttons there, as well as other doll-sized supplies. There may be all sorts of other things in a craft shop or scrapbooking shop that you can adapt to sewing for dolls.
Have a look in the notions section of your local sewing store for small scale supplies, such as those used in sewing for children. I find these places are a good source for small scale ribbons and other notions that can be used in doll sewing.
These notions should have you well on your way to sewing doll clothes that are both well-made and in scale with your doll!