Page 5 - Attach Lace on Finished Side of Skirt Hems &
Contrasting Top Stitch
Attach Lace to Finished Side of Skirt Hems
How to Make a Ribbon Waistband
Page 5. Attach Lace to Finished Side of Skirt Hems
This is an easy method to attach lace to the finished side of skirt hems of your doll dresses.
1. The first step is to determine how long the finished skirt is to be.
2. Then measure the width of lace that will show after being sewn on.
3. The finished skirt length needs to include the material and lace combination.
4. Allow enough of the skirt material to make a hem by folding up one half inch twice and blind stitching.
5. To attach lace to skirt hem, pin top edge of lace to finished side of skirt at hemline and sew in place as in photo.
By making a hem in the material first you see a nice finish on the underside of the skirt if the skirt gets turned up a bit in playing.
A hem in the material also gives a better drape to the finished skirt.
Article and photo credit Susan Kramer
Page 5. Constrasting Top Stitch
Here are two ways I use contrasting hand-sewn top stitching on the collars of doll costumes.
In the dress example, I used 6 strand pink embroidery floss to hand top stitch down the front sides, to the lower point of the white lace collar.
The pink picks up on the pink print in the doll dress.
With all contrasting top stitching I try to space the top and underside stitch evenly, about one eighth inch for stitch and one eighth inch space.
For the Raggedy Andy collar I used red 6 strand floss with the same one eighth inch stitch and one eighth inch spacing pattern.
This time I used a different color than the material in the costume to add more interest to the outfit.
A red cross grain ribbon as the neck tie completes the costume.
Article and photo credits Susan Kramer
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