Making Doll Clothes
Making doll clothes is one of the most interesting activities associated with dolls. With the use of unlimited creativity, and only basic rules involved, making doll clothes is not just popular with little girls, but with adult doll enthusiasts as well. Once you have understood the basic steps involved in making doll clothes, with some practice you can easily become an expert doll clothes maker, and maybe even start a home business with them.
The basic Materials for your Doll Clothes
To get started with making doll clothes, you need to first gather some basic materials required for the clothes. These include fabric, sewing machine, threads, needles, embellishments such as beads, sequins or ribbons, doll clothes pattern and scissors. After you have collected everything you need, the next step is to decide on a suitable doll clothes pattern for your doll clothes set. Patterns include those for cloth dolls, American Girl dolls, porcelain or china dolls, Barbie dolls and even baby dolls. You can even create custom doll patterns yourself, or download them from the Internet.
The next step is to measure your doll properly. This is a very important step in making doll clothes as the final look of your clothes is dependent on proper measurements. In case you are making doll clothes for standard dolls such as Barbie dolls or American Girl dolls, then you can use standard measurements meant for these dolls.
After you have your measurements ready, you need to now select the fabrics for your doll clothes. This is where you creativity comes in, so don't be afraid to experiment. You can either choose fabrics to resemble your own clothes, or choose them to add a dash of color to your room. Once you have selected the fabrics you will need to cut them as per the measurements you have taken and as per the pattern you have chosen for your doll clothes. Then you will need to sew them together, once again as per the pattern instructions.
While sewing the fabric together, make sure you leave enough room for seam allowance, and follow the instructions precisely, as the work is quite detailed and will require your attention. Also, make sure you sew the clothes inside out, as the thread should not be visible on the outside. After you are done, turn the clothes inside out and add all the embellishments that you wish to the clothes. Once again be clean with your threadwork, so that only the embellishments are visible and not the thread.
Make sure you iron out the clothes before adding embellishments as well as after. Now all you have to do is dress up your doll in her new clothes and pat yourself on the back for making your first set of doll clothes. Even if you don't get it right the first time around, don't worry, as like with everything else practice is an important factor in making doll clothes perfectly.