Have you been making doll clothes for your children as well as for others? If you enjoy making these tiny garments then you have discovered a delightful and rewarding hobby. On the other hand, if you have been looking for a hobby to challenge your creativity and sewing skills look no further.
Sewing doll clothing can be done with a sewing machine, hand stitching, or a combination of both. Patterns range from making original designs to purchasing the more difficult and complex.
Accessories are other items needed to compliment or expand a wardrobe. Scarves, belts, purses, bags, sandals, and jewelry are easily made with decorator trims and appliques, ribbons, buttons, or fabric remnants.
- Basic sewing skills
- Fabric knowledge
- Clothing construction
- Making or reading patterns
The easy patterns are constructed with non-fraying stretch fabrics, cotton, felt, or a variety of the synthetic fabrics. No sewing skills will be required. Non-sewers like to use glue or bonding materials.
The challenging patterns will include historical, action figures, and apparel for collectible dolls. The knowledge of the different types of historical fabrics are critical to add to the authenticity.
You may wish to design your own fashions. Free patterns are available online or patterns may be purchased. The niche which you choose to be creative will determine the availability of patterns. This hobby will grow as you mature through the different stages or change your interests.
Types of Dolls:
- Plastic – soft, hard, and vinyl
- Paper Mache
This hobby is interesting and never-ending as there are a variety of dolls which wear clothing in the United States and in other countries. Dolls are like people; they are everywhere.
Children who play with dolls love dressing and undressing their dolls. Assembly of the fashions can be made simple or more complex depending on the age of the child. Children will role-play or act out stories. The dolls are the actors and this is one of many reasons for an extended wardrobe.
Are you looking for a hobby which can be shared with your child? This sewing activity that can be fun as well as educational. This hobby may be considered as both an art and a craft.
In summary, making doll clothing can be restricted to your current family, gifts for other family and friends, replacing or designing appropriate fashions for collectible dolls, or contributing to a charitable organization of your choice nationally or internationally.