Notions

What Holds It All Together?~Selecting Sewing Notions for Dolly’s Clothes~

Dress with PinaforeAs a sewer, you know that every project presents unique opportunities to learn something new. Use this spirit as you immerse yourself more fully in the exciting world of sewing from our doll clothes patterns and the many sewing notions available to add the perfect touch.

You most likely have the basics on hand, but now it is time to expand in order to get ready for your new venture. Keep your notions for sewing dolly clothes separate from your others for easy access and so they don’t get mixed up.

Here are just a few sewing notions to add to your collection:

  • Button front jumperSmall, flat decorative buttons. Look for companies that offer 1/4” buttons specifically for sewing doll clothes.
  • Extra small snaps. Make sure they match the size of the garment.
  • Wonder Tape. This works “wonders” when holding fabric in place while sewing. You can stitch through this double-sided sticky tape without gumming your machine. It washes out and eliminates the need for pins.
  • Fine, short pins. Large ones leave holes in delicate fabrics and are too bulky for the small scale of doll clothes garments.
  • Soft elastic. I recommend 1/4” to 3/8” pajama elastic for waistline casings, sleeves, wrists, and headbands.
  • Clear elastic. 1/8” or 1/4” is very stretchy and works well when sewing into areas that need to be gathered for ruffling, such as the bottom of puffy sleeves.
  • Narrow lace and ribbons. Use these for sleeve, collar, and hem trims. If your sewing machine has fancy embroidery stitches option, use it to decorate otherwise plain areas. Hand embroidery is also a wonderful personal touch, if you possess the time and patience.
  • Quilter’s Grid. This fusible interfacing is used on doll quilts and has horizontal and vertical lines running 1” or 2” apart. Look for it in the quilting or interfacing section of your local fabric store.
  • Bib front jumperAppliqués: These can be purchased or created. To create your own unique design, use a small cookie cutter and trace onto the paper side of Heat’n’Bond Lite.  Bond to the fabric you want to use and cut out as many as you need. Then sew on to your garment by hand or use the appliqué stitch on your sewing machine.
  • Bias tape: This narrow strip of fabric can be used for binding the edge of any raw piece of fabric. It works especially well on curved edges as it will bend without kinks or warping.
  • Rick rack: This decorative trim is fashioned into a zig zag shape and comes in solid colors, metallic, or glossy. It is flexible and can be hand sewn in order to hide the stitches.

The above list of notions for sewing leaves out the large variety of threads, cutting and measuring tools, and many other supplies you will use when sewing doll clothes for your dolly. The most important thing to remember is that each garment is uniquely created for dolly so allow for variables in construction. Using these special notions will greatly enhance your doll clothes patterns.

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