Monday, May 16, 2016

Petalum Doll Class

Sew the hemline section of the skirt first. The hemline is horizontal to the dolls waist. Fold in half and sew the vertical line. Press the seam open.

Place the lining inside the skirt. You have now hidden the seams in the lining. You should have enough of the lining to slide a border under the hemline if you wish. You can make that choice in class. If you just sew the big tube skirt in advance that will suffice.

It always baffles me when people over complicate how to make a pair of pants. It really is one the simplest thing to make. It is 3 seams. The crotch line seams and the inseam. That's it. This pair of pants has an unusually long crotch line. We will pull the pants up over the cleavage area. So do think about what you would like to have as a tube top as part of the costuming. So the weight of the fabric is key. Stay with light weight fabrics.

                                                      Sew the curved crotch areas first.

Separate the legs and fold in half. Sew the seam. Now you have two legs of the pants. Turn and press.
We will make a decision on whether you will want a ruffle at the knee or a clean finish. So don't worry about the raw edge. We will take care of that when we dress the doll in class. Just sew, turn and press the pants.

Petaluma Doll Class

After sewing and turning the torso, sew a line where indicate. We will open a seam at the side to stuff the torso.  If you want to wait until class to stuff the  torso that will be fine.
I can already hear you say....what the heck on these little "pegs" at the end of the torso. These “pegs” that are at the bottom of the torso will be used to slip the leg over and give us a nice clean and tidy method of attaching legs that could be flexible for the doll to sit. They serve as a kind of hinge.  

Petaluma Doll Class

Notch all the curves.  Open the seams and press flat. It is much easier to draw the curved toe shape of the foot if the seams are pressed flat.

Mark a curved shape that would look like how the shoe would look, not how the foot with toes would look. Sew on the line. Trim the excess.
                                                  Turn and stuff very firmly, halfway up.   

Petaluma Doll class

Welcome to my Class. I hope that this blog is helpful as you get your “homework” done for our class in August.
It must be obvious that you would not use black thread to sew your body parts.  I used the black thread because it is easier to see in the photograph. Sew directly on the drawn line. Cut away the excess fabric. Leave an opening at the top of the leg and the toe.