Page 5b. Horizontal Trims &
How to Attach Lace & Ribbon to Sleeves
|5. Attach Lace to Finished Side of Skirt Hems
5. Contrasting Top Stitch
5a. Decorative Edging Stitch
5a. Decorative Stitching on Ribbon Trim
5b. Horizontal Trims
5b. How to Attach Lace and Ribbon to Sleeves
5c. How to Attach Lace to Underside of Skirt Hems
5c. How to Gather Skirts
5d. How to Hand Sew Doll Bodies and Clothes
5d. How to Make a Lined Bodice
|5e. How to Make a Ribbon Waistband
5e. How to Make Contrasting Panels in Skirts
5f. How to Make Rolled Hems
5f. How to Sew Skirt to Bodice
5g. How to Sew On Sticky Tape Closures
5g. Press then Sew Doll Clothes
5h. Ribbon and Lace Collars
5h. Stand Up Collars
5i. Vertical Trim
5j. Circle Skirts
Adding horizontal ribbon trims enhances the attractiveness of doll clothes. It
can turn an everyday school dress into a party frock!
Helene, my Corolle 18 inch doll, like an American Girl doll, is
modeling this pink calico short sleeve dress.
Looking closely at the
photo you'll see I've used 3 different patterns and textures of ribbon, that
when used together compliment each other to create the rich effect.
olden times fancy dresses had row upon row of ribbon sewn on the dresses made
for the wealthiest women.
Of special note is the arrangement of
ribbons to form the lower bodice decoration. It is a combination of 2 ribbons.
The lower ribbon is one quarter inch wide and is hand sewn on first with tiny
Just above and overlapping it I've sewn on a narrow three
eighths inch wide shiny satin ribbon.
The combination of the 2 ribbons
next to each other gives the illusion of a very intricate swath.
ribbons work with different widths and textures and match the dress, but you
could also use contrasting ribbon for a dramatic effect.
I hand sew doll
clothes - it turns them into couture fashions for dolls. I learned recently that
couture clothing is hand-sewn. Knowing this helps explain "some" of the fabulous
prices charged. But, why not make your doll wardrobe a couture collection, also,
by choosing special fabrics and individual trims like on our model, Helene.
and photo credit Susan Kramer
|5b. How to Attach Lace and Ribbon to Sleeve Edges
This is an easy method to attach lace and ribbon at the lower sleeve edge of
your dressy and fancy doll clothes. Many colors of lace and ribbon are available
to choose from. Lay out some combinations to see how they work together before
making your final choice.
The photo below shows my 18 inch Gotz doll,
Emily, modeling this very pretty dress with the sleeve edges finished like in
Technique for sewing the sleeve edge with lace and
Before sewing sleeve underarm seam together sew on the
ribbon and lace at the lower edge.
- Turn lower edge of short sleeve
up one quarter inch to finished side of sleeve and baste in place.
Gather lower sleeve edge to width needed so doll's hand can still slip through
- Baste lace over gathered seam with lace extended down from
dress as in photo.
- Sew ribbon over lace seam as in photo. I like to
hand sew the ribbon on to the sleeve so I can work around the design on the
- Sew together underarm seam and continue with the bodice and
I prefer to use satin ribbons because on small doll
clothes I think the satin makes the dress looked fancier. But the choice is
Consider trims for doll dresses after choosing the fabric for the
bodice, sleeves and skirt. You can create the look of a blouse and skirt when
making a dress just by using a plain fabric for the bodice and a patterned
material for the skirt.
and photo credit Susan Kramer
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