Now the dolls are all ready for the 4th of July…don’t they look so cute!
Step #5 in the pattern, suggests that you serge the edges of the skirt and hemline and they wait until the final step to hem the skirt. I’ve never hemmed a skirt the last thing in a pattern and it just felt wrong to me. I also don’t own a serger. I opted to go ahead and press my 1/4″ seam allowance in the bottom of the skirt and hem it now. It just felt right to me. Then I proceeded with gathering the skirt. If you follow the pattern the way that I did, leave the end pieces unfinished for now, we will finish them at the end.
Next up is step #6. Pretty straightforward. The only slightly tricky thing is lining the straps up at the correct angle. If you look closely at the pictures of my finished product, they aren’t perfect. I lined them up what I thought was the correct angle, but somehow either within the pinning or sewing, they still got off a little bit. It only bothers me when I look at the pictures. I think they look fine.
Don’t forget to clip the corners before you turn the bodice. It will help to reduce the bulk at the corners and make it look a bit better.
While you are clipping, I highly recommend that you clip the curves on the bodice and press the whole thing before you turn it. It will make it so much easier to press it and get a polished, finished look once you turn the bodice. Having a good pair of sewing scissors really helps with small snipping like this. I love my Fiskars scissors (affiliate link) that are spring loaded. Makes the job super easy.
Whew! We did it! We got through that pattern and despite the fact that we got a top and not a dress and that it was a bit confusing and I had to rip seams to get the top on the dolls (because I sewed the ruffle together the first time as the pattern says to do)…we love this top! It is so stinking cute!
Now that I know how to make them, I’m pretty sure I will make them again and not find them hard at all. I also really want to try to make a dress from this because I think it would be super cute too.