Basic How to’s

This page will always be a work in progress. Here you will find basic hints on how to use my patterns.  
For the experienced sewer this information probably will not be of much use to you.  The most important thing that anyone attempting to sew up a pattern can do is read the instructions. 
You need to know the seam allowance, the way the pattern was originally designed, and the order in which you need to sew pieces together. 
If you’re going to put the time, effort and expense into sewing for your “little ladies of fashion”, you will want your outfit to fit perfectly. 
Most of the doll fashions on this website were designed for the modern fashion dolls or the ‘French Fashion’ type dolls. These are designed in the same way and should look exactly like actual garments actually worn during a specific era. 
Accurate sewing and choice of fabrics and the trims is essential for your finished outfits to come out as exact miniature copies.

For Professional Looking Results

Always press your seams as you sew.  Weather it’s piece work for a quilt or seams in a mini fashion, pressing your seams makes a big difference in the finished item.  It takes a little extra time to do it right but it’s well worth it.

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Sewing Information Sheets

  • Mannequins
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  • Working with Lace
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  • Working with Paper Piecing
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  • working 101
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  • French Sewing
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  • Trims
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  • Sewing Terms
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  • Vintage Dictionary
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