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How to Make Doll Clothes

Sewing Techniques
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Make cute, handmade outfits for your little one's favorite 18" doll. Sew garments that look as good as store-bought, without breaking the bank!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including patterns
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Joan Hinds
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Dress-up time will be so much fun when you learn how to make doll clothes that are adorable and affordable! Pattern designer and author Joan Hinds shows you simple sewing techniques that make constructing miniature garments a breeze! Begin by making a sloper for your doll and learning how to customize any pattern for proper fit. You'll start sewing a tiny reversible top using time-saving flat construction methods. Then, learn to press the little garment pieces for a professional-quality result. Move on to making an easy-to-sew skirt featuring a flat waistband and a charming ruffle. You'll round out your doll's new wardrobe by creating a pair of cuffed capri pants. You'll work with fabrics from simple cotton to knits and more. Plus, get tips for inserting elastic into doll clothes and adding cuffs, closures and custom details.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Fitting Your Doll
Meet Joan Hinds, expert sewer, pattern designer and author specializing in 18" doll clothes. Begin by learning about different doll brands and variations that will affect fit. Then follow along as Joan shows you how to measure your doll and make a simple sloper to guide your pattern adjustments.
2. Sewing Basics
3. Making the Top
4. Making the Skirt: Gathering
5. Making the Pants: Elastic Insertion
6. Custom Closures
7. Beyond the Basics

Taught by

Joan Hinds
Joan Hinds
Joan Hinds is a longtime sewer and the owner of Fancywork and Fashion. She's the author of 17 doll clothing pattern books, including Doll Costume Dress Up and Heritage Doll Clothes. She has created two DVDs on doll clothing for the Martha Pullen Company and also made an appearance on the television series Sewing With Nancy. Her creativity and love of sewing are expressed in her books, online newsletter and appearances at fabric and quilt shops.

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