Fabric Selections

The Perfect Choice For Any Occasion~Choosing the Right Doll Fabric When Sewing Doll Clothes~

One of my favorite things to do when shopping for clothes is to reach out and run my hand down the racks of clothing. When I encounter a fabric that is soft and velvety or light weight and silky, it causes me to stop and take notice. I give it closer consideration and often add it to my “to try on pile”. Why should it be any different when sewing doll clothes?

As you choose doll fabric for your doll clothing patterns, keep in mind the desired color and texture of the outfit, the occasion, as well as the colors that will enhance dolly’s hair, eyes, and skin.

Here is a simple chart to help you determine which fabric color choices compliment dolly best:

Borders and jacket..Winter: Dolly’s skin is pale white, olive, or dark and she has brown hair and dark eyes. She looks best in colors that are sharp, stark and clear. White, black, navy blue, red and shocking pink are best. For lighter skin, avoid subdued tones like beige, orange, gold, and pastels.

Heriloom Dress..Summer: Her skin is pale and pink. She has brown or blonde hair with light eyes. She looks best in pastels and soft neutrals with rose and blue undertones. Lavender, plum, rose-brown and soft blue work well.

dress with insert..Autumn: Dolly has red or brown hair with gold-brown eyes. Camel, beige, orange, gold and dark brown are her better doll fabric colors.

Dress with pinafore top..Spring: Her complexion is creamy white or peach. She may have light red hair and freckles, rosy cheeks, and blue or green eyes. She looks best in warm colors like camel, peach, golden yellow and golden brown.

As you consider color choices, keep in mind that the weight and texture of the fabric you choose when sewing doll clothes is just as important from a sewing viewpoint.

•  Light weight and non-bulky fabrics made of cotton or cotton/polyester blends are best suited as “doll fabric”.

•  Lighter weight single knits or cotton are better than double knits.

•  Steer clear of polyester knits as they are too thick and difficult to sew.

•  Use a lighter weight soft fleece, but make sure to use a 1/8” top stitch for the seams in order to eliminate bulk and let the garment hang straight.

•  Light weight doll fabrics call for a stabilizer with stitching. Use a piece of paper under the stitching area to prevent puckering and the machine from pulling the fabric into the bobbin. Crease the paper on the seam line after stitching and it will tear right off.

Make this fun by imagining dolly’s unique lifestyle.  Are they active and out on the town? Do they entertain friends at tea parties or throw extravagant balls? Do they enjoy staying at home creating unique clothes? These considerations will help you make a list for your next fabric store shopping trip.

Uses for different fabrics

..Flannels are just right for comfy pajama tops or nightshirts or outdoor shirts for cooler weather.

..Use 100% cotton for blouses or fancy nightgowns.

..A cotton/polyester blend is just right for a kitchen apron or t-shirt.

..Fleece will keep your dolly warm in a vest or snow hat through the coldest of winters.

Now that you know about the value of choosing doll fabric colors that compliment your dolly as well as the importance of fabric selection when sewing for dolls, have fun on your next shopping trip!

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