Back to School!
|Back to School- |
It's that time of year again!
Why not go back in style?
A fun outfit, a colorful back pack, and everything on your school supply list!
(For your doll of course!)
|I started with this Onesie in size 18 months. I liked this one because it had a small pattern, a nice neck detail and colors that looked like fall and were suitable for a young girl.|
|First, I cut along the seams to make it easier to work with.|
|Next, I sewed the center back seam with a 1/4" seam and turned back the left side and tacked in place. Then I left the right side flat and tacked back the trim that hung over the edge so that it was flush with the edge of the right side.|
|This shows how the closure looks on the inside.|
|Finally, I added a piece of fun velvet flower-shaped trim that I had left over, and tacked this by hand.|
|I started with a pair of worn-at-the-knees and outgrown pants of my daughter's.|
Make sure that the pant cuff opening is at least 7 1/4" wide.
|Next, I measured and marked 5 1/4" up from bottom edge of pant leg, and cut. |
Make sure that front and back match along edge!
|Next, I made the casing, sewing a straight stitch 1/2" from edge. |
Leave about 1/2" not sewn to insert elastic
|Here I have added the 1/4"wide and 13 1/2"long piece of elastic through the casing and pinned the ends together with about a 3/4" overlap.|
Try on the doll for fit and adjust if needed.
|Once the elastic is the right fit sew the overlap together and finish sewing the casing.|
Now you may be finished, or you can add some fun detail like I did...
|I used the same flower-shaped trim from the top but cut so that I had 2 flower pieces. I sewed the flowers down with a mini button that I had. So cute, and now it really matches with the top!|
Think about how cute this could be if you used a pant that had great embroidery on the leg.
So now, when your daughter wears out the knees in her pants she can have cut-off shorts AND her doll can have a skirt, too!
Quilted Ruffle Vest:
|This is the vest I started with. It was a favorite of my daughter's and it had some really cute details that I thought would work well for a smaller version.|
|On the back it had a cute ruffle yoke detail that I thought would be great to work with.|
|Check your placement carefully, and then cut out carefully through all layers.|
|Cut out the other front side carefully through all layers.|
|Since I am not working with the existing hem on the back like I did with the front, I will have to allow for a hem. Pin pattern in place and cut carefully through all layers.|
|I unzipped the zipper again an re taped the pull in place.|
I then sewed the shoulder seams right sides together and through only the outer layer.
Next, I sewed the side seams also only through the outer layer.
|Then I pinned the back hem to match the front hem and hand sewed the lining layer at the shoulder seams, side seams , armholes, and hem at back.|
|The zipper facing seemed too wide for the doll sized vest so I folded it in half and hand sewed it back.|
|Next I cut out two collar pieces cutting through all layers.|
I kept the batting on one piece and removed the lining.
On the other piece, I used only the outer layer.
|I attached the collar at neck seam using the piece with only the outer layer and the poly filling.|
|Next I sewed with right sides together, the second collar piece and sewed along the outer edge only.|
The zipper teeth must be sewn inside of the collar!
|Next I turned the collar right side out and pinned into place.|
|I hand sewed the collar on the inside.|
|The finished front of vest!|
Looks like a mini version of my daughter's vest!
|Here is how the back looks!|
Same back ruffle as the original!
|I started with a pair of ladies socks that I bought at a discount store for $1.00. The socks had a 6 1/2" cuff height.|
|First I measured 9 3/8" from edge of cuff and cut off the toe along this line.|
|Next, I cut along the edge of the sock that has the heel.|
The heel will become the crotch for the leggings.
|This is how the piece looks opened up.|
Do this for both socks.
|Next, I pinned one piece to the doll with the right side facing the doll.|
Then I did the same for the other leg.
|The finished leggings!|
I think that patterned, striped and novelty socks could be really fun, too!
Just remember that the sock will be used upside down!
I'm sure that I will be making more of these!
Coming Soon: Backpack and School Supplies: