Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sewing for Dolls: Quilt Inspired Doll Dresses for Crissy and Velvet

I finally made some more doll dresses. My girls are happy--these chicas were still wearing their Christmas Dresses. These fabrics I had actually bought for quilting, my new obsession, but I got to looking at them and thought they would make some sweet boutique dresses for the girls.
The end result, cute boutique dresses that only used 1 fat quarter each (mix and match). These are Ideal Velvet dolls I have customized now known as Mo and Lizzy L-R

Two more dresses. I sewed them all assembly line style.--There a few left to sew up. This is an customized Ideal Crissy, who I have named Cheryl and her friend, an original Ideal Cricket-her name is Cricket :)
Making a quilt has made me realize (already!) how to best conserve fabric and how to chain piece. Here I the fabrics I started with.

My idea for the dresses--simple faced square neck bodice with 3/4 sleeve so that both Crissy and Velvet size dolls could wear them, and a full skirt with ruffle.

To do this all assembly line style, I laid out my pieces and the cut this size block out of each of my fat quarters.

Here are all the blocks.

Then I cut the patterns out of each

Bodice fronts, backs, sleeves and facings all cut out.

This long piece is now cut straight across and becomes the skirt pattern piece.

Another photo of the cutting the skirt piece, that piece above the ruler went in my quilt scrap bag, so I will have a piece to quilt with afterall--I am loving using the rotary cuter or this--so easy!

I first sewed the bodices together at the shoulder--I just chain pieced one after the other--just like you do in quilting--so much faster--never thought of doing that before. I also chained pieced the sleeves all the hemming, everything I could.

Mixing and matching the pieces to make dresses was the fun part.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pretty Quilts: I made a Quilt from my Dolls Clothes Scraps

I did make a quilt from my doll clothes scraps, really :) I have been wanting to make a quilt for a very long time. I definitely have no shortage of scraps from all the dolls clothes I have made over the years--I could still make another 8 or 9 quilts probably with what I have left.

 I really love the look of modern quilts and have been pinning them and buying quilting books and magazines for years--but I never really could figure out how to really make a quilt until I bought the quilting book Sunday Morning Quilts, I followed one of the patterns in the book for piecing my scraps together--it was actually instructions for making a pretty box for storing scraps--I also found the  advice about how to conserve fabric scraps and the advice on sorting  my scraps by color invaluable in making this quilt--no, no one is paying me to say that --it is just an excellent book that I highly recommend if you have also been hemming and hawwing about getting started quilting.

My other amazing quilt resource has been watching Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company's You Tube tutorials--Jenny just makes everything about quilting easier--I made the second quilt below using her disappearing nine-patch technique. I think quilting is an excellent partner for sewing doll clothes and I plan to make many more quilts I am smitten with the whole process.
I used my back fence as a basting wall--I used spray baste.

I quilted my masterpiece using my regular sewing matching just rows varying width rows of this built in scallop-y stitch.

I think I may be more proud of this than anything I have ever made with my own two hands.

I took a chance on combining this gorgeous Kaffe Fassett floral with Lori Whitlock for  Riley Blake Simply Sweet and I love how it is coming out--this is just a quilt top--I am still going to add a border on this one.

Quilting= Even more reasons to buy Gorgeous Fabrics!!!