HACK: How to Sew a Doll Jacket Without a Lining

how to sew a doll jacket without a lining

One of our most popular pattern is the Quilted Parka Bundle. I made it first for 18 inch dolls but when I drafted the smaller size for 14 inch dolls, it was a challenge to sew it with the lining. They 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 tutorial follows our Quilted Parka bundle, which consists of 4 outerwear pieces: Coat, Jacket, Long Vest and Short Vest. 

If you want to use that pattern with this tutorial (not necessary but it is helpful), for a limited time, you can get the bundle for $2 off with coupon code LININGBLOG at check out. 

                    



For this hack, let's make the Jacket (which, by the way, is the same construction as the coat).

​I am using a pre-quilted fabric, instead of quilting it myself. Such a time saver! They are available in various colors and prints. They also come lined or unlined.

​So if you have this pattern, time to take some notes so you can make this easier version. Please refer to the pattern for particular details on some of the steps (example: zipper sewing details, seam allowance, etc).

​For the purposes of this blog, I also omitted the fur trim so as not to make this tutorial too long.

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Step 1 : Tape a piece of small piece of paper at the bottom edge of the pattern to add the extra 1/4" length. 

 

 

how to make american girl doll shoes no sew



Step 2 : Sew zipper and top stitch.

 

 

how to make american girl doll shoes no sew



Step 3 : ​Stitch front and back shoulders.

 

 

how to make american girl doll shoes no sew



Step 4 : Fold the bottom of the sleeves 1/4" and stitch. 

 

how to make american girl doll shoes no sew



Step 5 : Pin the sleeves to the armholes, matching notches.
 

 

how to make american girl doll shoes no sew


Step 6: Sew center back, right sides together of the hood and lining. Turn the outer hood right side out.

NOTE: You can use the same fabric for hood lining as shown here or fleece as shown on Step 9. 

how to make american girl doll shoes no sew



Step 7: Clip the seam allowance on both hoods.

 

 

how to make american girl doll shoes no sew



Step 8: Place the outer hood inside the lining and stitch the center front. Turn the hood right side out.

 

 

how to make american girl doll shoes no sew



Step 9 : ​Pin the outer hood along the neckline, matching the notches.

 

 

how to make american girl doll shoes no sew


Step 10 : ​Tuck the hood lining 1/4” under to hide the raw seam and hand stitch the hood closed, only stitching to the seam allowance so the thread does not show on the outside. 

 

how to make american girl doll shoes no sew



Step 11 : Pin the sleeves and side seams together. Stitch. Trim off batting from hem.

 

 

how to make american girl doll shoes no sew



Step 12: Fold the hem 1/2" towards the wrong side and stitch.



So how easy was that? I hope you you found this tutorial helpful and please share your finished creations on our Facebook Page.

By the way, if you don't have the patterns mentioned above, click one of the buttons below to get it and don't forget you can get $2 off for a limited time with coupon code LININGBLOG :)

                   


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