Making doll clothes, whether for gifts or for sale, can be an incredible hobby. If you have small children in your life, doll clothes and accessories can elicit warm smiles and exuberant hugs every time.
Persons who collect dolls usually find great pleasure in changing outfits, over and over again. Children, especially, just love playing dress-up.
Changing doll clothes is a favorite pastime which provides countless hours of fun. The ability to change the looks of a doll on a whim, whether just for an evening out or even a complete transformation to a different era, has helped to secure the fascination of adult and child alike.
This fascination has undoubtedly created a wonderful demand for doll outfits, which doll clothes manufacturers have capitalized on.
Many well-loved dolls have extensive wardrobes which easily rival those of their owners, as there is a wide array of doll clothes readily available. However, manufactured doll clothes are much more costly to purchase than the ones which can easily made at home – if you know how.
The material required for doll clothes are basically tiny scraps of cloth, at most, so the cost is ridiculously inexpensive. If you are interested in making unique doll clothes, then without a doubt, doll clothing patterns are the way to go.
There are many popular sites and avid bloggers who will often post the best patterns you can choose from. These doll clothing patterns are generally quite simple and can be used successfully by even a novice ‘seamstress’.
Let’s begin! Well, for starters, you need to decide what kind of outfit you want to create; think of a season or event for which you want to dress your doll. Then, search among the free patterns for one which closely resembles the piece which you have in mind.
After you have chosen your pattern, read the instructions carefully, making sure you understand the various steps, as well as what is required of you.
While most patterns will make recommendations concerning the best type of fabric to use for a particular outfit, you can afford to be pretty flexible where that is concerned.
So far, so good! Then comes the fun part, let your ‘inner designer’ come forth as you choose the colors and textures of the outfit. This is where you can go really ‘wild’ with your imagination.
Be sure to have all the supplies at hand. You will quickly find that a sharp pair of scissors, copious amounts of tiny pins and a pin cushion are absolute necessities. Finally, you are ready to cut out your pattern and start sewing your doll outfit.
Follow the pattern instructions as closely as possible and your doll clothing should turn out okay. If for some reason or the other, you run into difficulty, do not despair – simply pull the stitches out and start again.
Stick to it and have fun during the process. You will be sewing your own doll clothes like a professional seamstress before you know it. You just might surprise yourself!