Category Archives: Styling and Design

Thrift store finds for 18″ doll sewing

When shopping for 18″ doll fashion sewing projects, consider the thrift store as a place to find some special fabric contenders. Below are just a few repurposed thrift store and consignment finds that were used to create special 18″ doll wardrobe pieces. Below are a T shirt and a pullover sweater using...
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Ruffle lots? Sew using a ruffle accessory foot.

To add extra girlyness and romance to an outfit, ruffles often are the solution. That’s why a gathering foot is one of my “can’t live without” sewing machine feet.       Below is an old simple sewing machine I use exclusively for ruffling.   The tension and the stitch length are...
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Tis the season….to sew like mad!

Sometimes a small piece of information goes a long way! The other day my niece called requesting some tips on how to make a holiday stocking. I just suggested that she draw out the shape she wanted, then sketch an additional 5/8” all around (for 1/2” seams). She ran with that little tidbit of...
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A sleeveless tunic: Will make many!

Just taking a minute to tell you about a trend I’m buying into: sewing knits. After having found a classic basic pattern that I tweaked to my personal preferences, I went shopping online for knits. Wow, there sure are a lot of wonderful choices! When hunting for knits, I ran...
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Fine tuning a sewing pattern

There are certain fashion shapes that you may find you wear often. If you find a pattern that resembles that shape, it’s worth the time investment to adjust that pattern exactly to your preferences. A simple knit tunic can be such a piece.   This is a photo of a basic knit sleeveless tunic...
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