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Chinese New Year Final Part

January 21st, 2010

Here is the final installment of the Chinese New Year series, this week covering dressing your doll. If you’ve missed the previous entries in the series you can find them here. Let’s get started!

A small disclaimer before we get chopping and sewing. There will be a certain amount of adjustment needed in the pattern as no two dolls are the same. The best way to do this is to cut the pattern in scrap material first and use this to get a good fit. You can then alter the pattern to match your doll.

This week you will need

Thelma 4752

2 contrasting fabrics

Small length of narrow ribbon

Piece of iron-on interfacing

  1. First, back the fabric you are using for the underskirt with the iron on interfacing and then cut out.
  2. Pulling the right sides together, sew the centre back seam (you can use fabric glue) and then fit onto the doll with the seam at the back.
  3. Turn the raw edge under at the neck and glue down on to the breast plate.
  4. Turn the hem up
  5. Now cut out the over dress and then fold together(with the sides you want facing you in the end, placed together and join the under arm and side seams, A to B and C to D. Now it should look like it’s inside out.
  6. Turn the dress right  side out and hem the sleeves and the bottom of the skirt, adjusting the length to fit your doll.
  7. Place on the  doll and turn the front edges to show a panel of the underskirt down the front.
  8. Use a slip stitch to catch the over skirt to the the underskirt.
  9. Using the ribbon, make a sash and place just above the waist line. Fasten at the back.
  10. Make a small bow and place over the join.
  11. If using Thelma, use a black marker pen to turn her hair from auburn to black.

These patterns were drawn up on A4 paper and do have the sizing information with the pictures  (click on them to view the caption and measurements) , you may find you need to scale them up on your printer.

We hope you have enjoyed this series and we hope to bring you more in the future.


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