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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 13th June
« on: Yesterday at 16:42:00 »
@Sandra  @Helen M  Do you have double ones?  i love mine, like frilly bonnets.  Some are a sort of burgundy, which is nice.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Ticking?
« on: June 12, 2021, 22:26:37 PM »
Is your cambric from JA Milton? They sell a cream cambric and the striped ticking.

In the wardrobe / Re: Mish mash
« on: June 04, 2021, 21:23:25 PM »
@Surest1tch  Nor mine!

Dolls and Toys / Re: More fun with 18" doll's clothes
« on: June 04, 2021, 05:19:35 AM »
Thanks for the tips  @Marniesews.  I was wondering how best to do it.  I am not used to hand sewing any more - the seven sets of press studs and buttons made my fingers really sore. Got to toughen up!  Doll sewing is a bit of light relief, isn't it?

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Tuffet anyone?
« on: June 03, 2021, 16:59:13 PM »
Didn't @SewRuthieSews make one not too long ago? (which will probably turn out to be X years!)

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Fun with Foliage - 1st to 31st May
« on: June 03, 2021, 10:05:34 AM »
@Puzzler She doesn't need an FBA but I was misled by the size of the front and back pieces!  The fronts didn't cover the back completely, never mind overlap.  However, it is a perfect fit on April - she has no skirt yet or she could model it.  Dolls have a much wider back, must be because they are usually lying down and the arms face forwards.  Must remember that if I make my own pattern.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Fun with Foliage - 1st to 31st May
« on: June 02, 2021, 22:42:38 PM »
Toileandtrouble's Entry

A button up shirt for my Our Generation doll, April.
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The pattern is a download from Liberty Jane at Pixie Faire.  The picture shows the front with a yoke, but in the end I decided on the full front and just a back yoke.  The cotton I chose because of the scale of the design.  I have included my little quilting roller.  It makes a good crease on a single layer of cotton, which saved my going up and down a floor to use the iron.
First problem I met was the fitting. The pattern is design for American Girl dolls, with a narrower waist than the OG doll. They also have a slightly wider shoulder but that didn't matter as much.  Had to cut out my main pieces again, tapering them out 1/4" at the waist, to add 1" in total.
The seam allowances are 1/4" so the little cuff pieces disappeared under the machine foot.  Very fiddly and next time I will make the allowances wider so as to have something to hold on to, then trim them back.
This is the result, showing the two pieces collar and opening cuffs.
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I briefly toyed with the idea of sewing real tiny buttonholes but decided against it.  There are transparent plastic press studs sewn behind each of the 4mm buttons.  The green is not the right one, but you don't get much choice of colour in 4mm buttons and white just seemed too dull.
The finished shirt:
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Now she has a skirt, she can model the finished shirt.
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The skirt was made from the offcuts from shortening a pair of trousers.  The material look heavier on a doll.

Dolls and Toys / Re: More fun with 18" doll's clothes
« on: June 02, 2021, 18:34:32 PM »
@Marniesews  You have inspired me.  I have a piece of swimsuit fabric that came with a bundle of jerseys, definitely not colours I would wear but April won't mind.  I've downloaded that swimsuit pattern. I hope I can make as neat a job of the binding as you did. It's a largish piece of fabric if I mess up!

Sewing Machines / Re: Pfaff Select 3.00 advice please
« on: May 31, 2021, 11:12:02 AM »
If it is in good condition it will be a good machine for you.  Can you try it out before you  buy? Test all the stitches, raise and lower the feed dogs etc.  If you can see the owner, that would tell you a lot. Why are they selling?

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Fun with Foliage - 1st to 31st May
« on: May 30, 2021, 23:57:01 PM »
Spent the evening sewing on fastenings.  |O  Finished before midnight -oh, I had another day left.  :facepalm:

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Fun with Foliage - 1st to 31st May
« on: May 30, 2021, 16:57:39 PM »
Might just get under the wire -again.  I am trying a doll's shirt with proper two piece collar and cuffs.  I wanted to see how accurate I could be. My tablet won't email me my pictures any more, they just sit in the outbox.  I still have to do the fastenings.  Might borrow something to get the pictures later.

In the wardrobe / Re: Itch to Stitch Recoleta dress
« on: May 27, 2021, 06:25:04 AM »
Nice job @dolcevita . I like a lined dress too and they are surprisingly comfortable in a range of temperatures as well as hanging better and avoiding see-through.  Does this mean you are expecting a summer?

Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 26th May
« on: May 26, 2021, 22:04:46 PM »
Ooh er!  I don't remember  buying all mine.  Only the coloured ones.

Dolls and Toys / Re: Sewing For Dolls
« on: May 26, 2021, 10:38:21 AM »
Thank you @Ann  I am thinking for a cuff I will cut one much longer so I have something to hold onto and then cut off the excess seam allowance.  I can't get them straight as it is.  I even thought of hand sewing them.

Dolls and Toys / Re: My first sewn clothes for 18" dolls
« on: May 25, 2021, 17:51:40 PM »
@Marniesews  If you are sewing for a OG doll from the Pixie Faire patterns,  don't forget she will have a 1" bigger waist than the AG they design for.  They also have wider shoulders than the OG dolls but that is less drastic than too small! 
Also, I hope you do not do what I do, and keep forgetting to get the printout  set at 100%, or you can waste a lot of paper.

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