I figure since most of this week’s post have been about Blythe, I’d just carry on the theme with today’s post. When I first purchased the Chang Hsiu Mei pattern (no. 5) book, this was the design I wanted to make. After looking at the instructionsillustrations and attempting to find trimsembellishmentsnotions, I just gave up. But after making the Victorian Blythe dress over the weekend, I got a little more confidence and decided to tackle this project once again. Basically the skirt is layers of embellished lace that is gathered together to make an asymmetrical (short in the front, long like a train in the back) design. Even though I love the trims I used, I discovered that the lighter the trim the better the look (two of mine seemed to weigh down the skirt). The top is the easiest of all the pieces to construct – I didn’t run into any obstacles there. The hat is another story. Even though I interfaced it, it still doesn’t quite hold up to embellishment and is a lot floppier than what I intended, plus I think it could use a bit more embellishment (or I’m just comparing it to the sample photo which is extremely ‘tricked out’).
So to wrap up this week of Blythe I thought I would share some thoughts on how to sew up tiny sized garments: 1) Save your scraps – it doesn’t take much trim, fabric, charmsbead to construct a garment, 2) Use that trim to make a show stopping garment. The largest difference I’ve seen between a ‘home made’ clothing item and the ones you see in doll magazines (or that come with the doll) is embellishment. Small print fabric is a plus too. 3) Sewing miniature garments isn’t much different than making something for yourself. Seam allowances are smaller and many times you won’t have a ‘finished’ inside, but otherwise, they use the same techniques. 4) Patience. Just like learning any new technique it takes lots of practice to get good. I still have a long ways to go, but so far, making doll clothes has been an interesting journey!