I've had the great privilege of sewing doll clothes and making mohair wigs for Judy Porter dolls. It's been great fun!Soon I will be finished with an English mohair wig that I am making for my new doll Stacy by Doll Chateau. I am excited to announce that
I am very excited about the upcoming BJD convention in Austin Texas! All of us local BJD doll fans look forward to this with so much anticipation! The BJD convention is full of lots of great surprises. I love to look at all the different dolls, face-ups, wigs, clothes, shoes (one of my favorite things!) and accessories. I am making several new steampunk guns that will be for sale at the show. The guns are turning out fantastic! I also have a friend making doll carrying bags out of the coolest fabrics. She made me a bag out of some Alice in Wonderland fabric and I just love it! If you plan to attend please stop by and say hello. I would have to say the best part about the show is all the really great people you meet. I love to see everybody's dolls too. The show is August 2, 3, and 4th. The sales floor is open to the public on Saturday, August 4th.
Here is a link:http://bjdctexas.com/
One of my favorite books is "Les Petites Dames de Mode an Adventure in Design" by John R. Burbidge. The book has authentic period costumes from the Edwardian-Victorian era. The details on each gown is outstanding and the gowns and the fabrics are breath-taking! Each picture in the book is large enough to view the beautiful details in the dress. There is also a synopsis on each gown and the year the gown was popular. I highly recommend this book if you love exquisite Victorian fashions!
I like to use paper towels to draft my patterns on the dolls. Paper towels are easy to shape to the dolls body and you can cut and tape and sew on the paper towel. After I am done with fitting the doll with the paper towel I transfer the shape on to regular paper. Next, I cut out the pattern on scrap pieces of material and sew to see how it fits.
Small dolls such as Barbie are hard to sew for. I have discovered a new way to make a collar. Iron on lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric. Trace the collar onto the interfacing side of the fabric. (Do not cut out!) With your sewing machine follow your trace lines by stitching a top stitch. I always like to add a touch of fray blocker around the outside of the stitching before cutting out. Let the fray blocker dry completely. With small sharp scissors, cut out your collar close to the edges of your stitching. Now you have a collar without lumpy seams.
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My first tip is:
when using fray blocker try painting it on with a small make-up brush or make-up sponge. This will help control the flow of the fray blocker from bleeding into the fabric. You can buy the small inexpensive make-up sponges at most convenient stores and throw them away when you are done using. If you use the fray blocker with a small make-up brush, rinse the brush with warm water after each use.