Friday, November 7, 2014

Making of a Corset Dress Part 2

Today I had a chemistry exam... not fun. I was really stressing out over it but in the end I thought I did decent. It's great that it is over and it feels like a burden has been taken off my shoulders. So I didn't post because I studying like crazy and unfortunately school comes before hobbies.

Also, if you follow the Doll Wardrobe Blog, you might have noticed that I won the professional category for the Summer Fashion Design contest. I just want to thank everyone for voting for me and I'm so grateful that others appreciate my work. I might enter the next contest... I'm not sure though. School has really been getting to me lately and I've been struggling to find the time. But actually I love the Winter Design contest theme so I might just make an outfit for fun and share it. What do you think?

Okay, let's continue this corset dress.

Here we have all the pieces laid out. You can see how the bodice constructed with the corset part on bottom. I just used one piece for the lining (pictured at top) because I was worried that with more seams the dress would be too bulky. And since the dolls are so small a every little bit counts.

So for the front I pined the top on but made sure that I wasn't going to sew over the eyelets.

Then I top stitched the first top piece and sewed the other. I believe this pictures shows just how important top stitching is for this fabric. Without it it puffs up but when top stitched it lies flat.


I added the lacing here. If you do, make sure you don't accidentally sew the ends of the leather cord. Also keep an eye on the tension especially when sewing the bodice to the skirt. I'll try to explain it better when I get to that step.

Sewing the back...


Then attach the shoulder seams. Do the same for the lining.


Then take the lining and place right sides together. Sew the neckline and back seams. If you've sewed doll clothes, this is just like assembling a normal bodice.

Pretty top stitching... However this fabric refused to stay flat so top stitching was a must.

Now, for the sleeves, they really were a new experience for me. That's partly why I started this blog, to try new techniques and thankfully this actually turned out nicely. Basically the sleeve is made up of three pieces.

Difference lengths and slightly difference curves at the top. I changed the curve to allow the sleeves to flare out a little but that really happen. It's just in theory.

Anyways, take each of these pieces and roll hem the bottom. If you don't have this fancy foot..... well go and buy it. Seriously, I use this foot for everything from sleeves to skirts to ruffles. It's so handy for doll clothes.

I actually had a bit of a hard time roll hemming. The fabric was slippy and since it was slightly curved at the bottom I struggled to get it completely turned over. But I manged and thinking back, if I didn't have the foot, I would have given up!

Mark the center line with a pin.

So take each of the three pieces and lay them on top each other. Here you see that the curves don't line up. That was intentional. With the slight difference it will cause the sleeves to flare out and not just lie flat on top of each other. (I have no idea what happened to the pins....)


So take two of the pieces and pin the once you line them up.

All three lined up.

Annoying my hand, you can now see how the sleeves each have a unique position and are not right on top of the other.

Then gather stitch the sleeve.

I always do a single gather for sleeves but that's just my opinion. However for the skirts (especially shinny or hard to gather fabrics) I find that using a double gather stitch works better.

That's all for now. Next post I'll talk about putting on the sleeves and the skirt. So what do you think of the sleeves? Should I use them more?

Thanks for reading

1 comment:

  1. Replied to your email a week or two ago.
    I am sure you are really busy, but I wanted to let you know. :)