Monday, May 20, 2013

A Day at the Dressmaker

More like three or four, actually.  But the doll is now clothed and quite well, if I say so myself!

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Unless I am using a pattern, I tend to follow the same steps a (human) clothing designer might follow.  It starts with draping – paper towel in this case.  One trick I use that I hope a real designer would not is to stick a pin into the body at center and side seams.  Ouch!

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Sometimes it takes multiple test fittings to get it just right.  You can see here where I am fine tuning the curve over the shoulder.

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Once I’ve got something I think will work, I transfer it to paper.  I’ll add seam allowances and grain lines, as well as mark centers or darts.  That way if I want to make this garment again, I’ll have a starting point.  Now we are ready for fabric!

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For some items, however, it needs to be plain muslin first.  On the skirt I wanted to test the drapability and also take a practice run at the ruffled seams.  No need to cut into the actual fabric until I’ve answered all my questions.  But I think we are ready at last!

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What do you think?  Was it worth all those fittings?  If you’ve seen this year’s Hoffman Challenge fabric, you’ll recognize where this doll will be heading.  After she gets a few more things, of course.  Like – oh, arms maybe – and a head!  That’s coming soon.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! I wish I could do that with the granddaughters' dolls. I just try using patterns I've bought and adjust. Can't wait to see her done ... If you can post a photo that is.
Sheila Fernkopf

Annie said...

Spectacular dress! Love those ruffled seams and that surprise low cut back. She's a winner in my book!

virtualquilter said...

Love those ruffled seams ... will be nice to see her when she has her face on!