My friend, and knitting partner, Adele came for a quick visit not too long ago. She brought P amd me some goodies. P got a doll that she LOVES and we also got a dressmaking book for dolls.
P and I looked through the many designs in the book and decided on our first project, a pretty simple dress with bodice. I wanted to make sure the pattern size that we had chosen would fit the doll.
Then we made a pinafore to go with the dress.
I have to say that this book, The Doll's Dressmaker: The Complete Pattern Book by Venus A Dodge, is pretty spectacular. It has basic pattern pieces for all of the dresses in five different sizes. It gives good directions for choosing the right pattern size and how to make adjustments. There are also directions for making MANY different styles of dresses from the basic pattern pieces and lots of ideas for dressing them up for more grown up dolls and making them simpler for baby dolls. The possibilities are endless. There are a few simple styles that I'll let P try too.
The book also has shoe patterns, hat patterns, and directions for other doll accessories.
I think we'll be using this book a lot. P has marked a lot for dresses that she likes.
Next up, panties - because every doll needs some panties. And then a slip, and a bonnet, and a dress with some lace....
Thanks Adele. We have been enjoying our time together in the sewing room!