Sewing 18″ doll fashion is a sewing category with immediate satisfaction, you can sew a finished outfit with little effort, time, and fabric!
If you are sewing “in the small” (doll scale) here are a few quick tips to insure you success:
Tips about fabric choices:
Woven cotton is the easiest fabric to sew doll fashions.
If sewing knits, be sure to use a ball point needle: it’s a must!
You can use iron-on featherweight knit interfacing to back thin, slippery or finicky fabrics. It provides just enough stability. (Handy stuff, I rely on this often!)
Stitching tips and aids:
Since seams for 18″ dolls are usually 1/4″, it’s handy to use a 1/4″ presser foot. (Specialty feet really do make sewing easier!) This is the one I use, but not for zig zag stitches!
When starting to machine stitch a seam, it’s good to hold the thread end. For some reason when stitching 1/4″ seams (especially knits), the beginning stitches and fabric sometimes get caught in the feed dog and won’t allow the fabric to move on. (Problem avoided!)
Have a long needle nearby, it’s a handy (sometimes necessary!) tool to help guide fabric along while machine stitching. I probably use my long needle 50% of my sewing time.
Have fun making doll clothes, let us know about your experiences. Any advice and questions are welcome!
Shopping for 18″ doll fashions to sew? CLICK HERE to link to a portfolio of designs to consider.