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Page 5c. How to Attach Lace to Underside of Skirt Hems &
How to Gather Skirts

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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

  • 5c. How to Attach Lace to Underside of Skirt Hems

    This is an easy method to attach lace to the underside of skirt hems of your doll dresses.
    18-inch doll dress; photo credit Susan Kramer
    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 (red in the photo) 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 underside of skirt hem and sew in place right along lower skirt edge 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

    5c. How to Gather Skirts

    When working with little items such as doll costumes it is important that the gathers are evenly spaced.

    gathers in skirt; photo credit Susan KramerHere's my technique

    - Use material twice the width of the waistline.

    - Sew 2 rows of basting stitches - one just above AND one just below the seam line.

    - Pull the threads to the waist measurements and arrange the gathered space evenly.

    - Then join skirt to bodice between the two gathered rows.

    - Now carefully snip out the line of gathers below the waist seam and pull out the loose threads.

    Voila! An evenly spaced gathered seam with a professional look!

    (In the photo above notice a row of top stitching along lower edge of bodice to help underlying gathered seam lay flat.)

    Article and photo credit Susan Kramer

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