Tutorials

How to Sew a Center Lapped Zipper Like a Pro

How to Sew a Center Lapped Zipper Like a Pro

Zippers look very intimidating and daunting for beginner sewers. I get it. To be honest, when I first started sewing, I avoided them like the plague. It wasn’t until I was “forced” to sew a zipper for a school project that I realized how unfounded my fears were. Although there are a few ways to install a regular zipper, I find this technique to be the easiest and the most professional looking. This tutorial comes from our Myrtle Dress pattern, but you can use these steps with any garment pattern with a full lining and a nylon zipper.  That said,...

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How to Make Doll Shoes Without Sewing a Stitch

How to Make Doll Shoes Without Sewing a Stitch

Do you want to make doll shoes without sewing? Here's a no-sew shoe tutorial using our Butterfly Boots pattern. While you'll need that pattern for this tutorial, it is a basic shoe construction for any doll footwear, whether it be shoes or boots you can use in the future. The best news? It's super easy!A quick note about the Butteryfly Boots pattern: the cut outs on the side of the boots are totally optional. Without the cut outs, they are your classic boots. Here are the materials you will need for this project: ​Vinyl or leather - I like Vinyl because it is...

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HACK: How to Sew 18 Inch Doll Jacket Without a Lining

HACK: How to Sew 18 Inch Doll Jacket Without a Lining

One of my most popular pattern is the Quilted Parka Bundle for 18" Doll. When I drafted the smaller size for 14" doll, I found it challenging to sew it with the lining. Linings can be time consuming with the added steps.Personally, I love linings because they provide a cleaner finish on the inside of the garment. But, let's be frank, sometimes, you just want to finish a project! So I am here to show you how to sew this quickly and still look awesome.This pattern consists of 4 outerwear pieces: Coat, Jacket, Long Vest and Short Vest. ​For this...

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How to Clean Finish Any Sleeveless Top

How to Clean Finish Any Sleeveless Top

When I first started drafting patterns, my least favorite was sleeveless tops. Although they are easier to draft, they required thoughtful finish than their sleeved counterpart. Do I add facing, lining or just fold it? The last solution is usually the easiest, although not an ideal finish since the raw seams are still exposed.Recently, I was drafting a quilted vest for 14" doll, I had this dilemma on how to finish the top without lining. The size of the garment posted a real challenge if sewn with a lining.One of my testers suggested a Hong Kong Seam finish. While it's a...

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