On this page---a list of sewing tips and tutorials that appear throughout this blog to help you get from point A (laying out your pattern and pinning) to point X-Y and Z (lining, hand sewing and attaching hooks & eyes. Click on any of the links to be instantly transported to the tutorial in question. From time to time I'll be slipping more mini-tutorials in between past posts. So, if you don't see what you need, check back here often, as I will be adding to the list of techniques.
Hook & Eyes
Lining a basic jacket or coat.
Lining a straight skirt
Lining a sheath dress
Setting in grommets & studs
Sewing in a zipper
Even if you don't have a sewing machine, you can still make clothes for your doll. The backstitch is as firm as machine stitching. Take one small stitch at a time, always beginning just inside the end of the preceding stitch. You should make at least 8 stitches per inch.
(See Running Stitch)
Hand basting a garment together prior to machine stitching assures more accuracy when sewing the garment together. The stitching line not only holds the garment together while sewing, but also serves as a sewing guide to ensure you are respecting the proper seam allowing and sewing lines. Basting is also useful for putting a garment together for the purposes of fitting on the doll. After the garment is sewn together, the basting stitches are removed easily.
The most basic of sewing stitches, it is used for seaming, gathering, tucking, mending. Make small even stitches, weaving the needle in and out of fabric as shown before pulling the thread through.