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Page 5i. How to Make Vertical Trims

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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 Trims
5j. Circle Skirts

5i. Vertical Trims

Here is a fun and creative technique to create one of a kind trims on doll clothes. Your dolls will really stand out from the crowd!
ribbons for trim; photo credit Susan Kramer
An example of this method is shown in the photo. What I've done is made a wide front panel in the center front of this doll dress.

For this example I've use 2 kinds of ribbon arranged in a pattern of 3 strips that I've hand sewed parallel to each other.

Looking at the photo, the 2 outer strips are one quarter inch wide checked ribbon. The center plaid ribbon is one half inch wide and has little red flowers embroidered on.

I hand sew on my trims to hide the stitches. I used white thread in this example and only took stitches on the white areas, which is easy because of the regular patterns.

For more interest the ends of the sleeve cuffs also have the narrow checked ribbon, tying the design together.

Vertical trims add a visual impression of length to the doll, and a graceful flowing look, making them especially suitable trims for long skirts on a doll's bride dress - perhaps white on white trims.

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Have fun with your projects!

Article and photo credit Susan Kramer

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