Another fun blog tour – this time featuring doll clothes. When Nancy Zieman and veteran doll clothes maker Joan Hinds asked me to participate in this blog tour, I cringed at the thought of cutting and piecing tiny fabric pieces but I didn’t hesitate to accept the challenge. I knew I could use my embroidery machine to do the pattern tracing and embroidery all in one step. It was so easy and brought back fond memories of doll clothes I made when my daughter was small. All you need is a scanner, a digitizing software program and an embroidery machine.
Follow along as I guide you through the simple steps for tracing the pattern and adding embroidery in one step in Floriani Software. If you’re using another digitizing program, the steps are very similar.
First, scan the Crossover Top Front, Crossover Top Back and Capri pattern pieces from the 30-Minute Doll Clothes book. Measure and make a note of the width of each pattern section (from side seam to side seam).
Open a new file in your digitizing software. Load the Crossover Back pattern as a backdrop. Select the Run tool, trace the outer line of the pattern. Left click to end the line.
Right click at one end of the rickrack placement guide and trace the line, right click to end it. Repeat for the remaining rickrack placement guide.
Select the last two lines and go to Properties, Command and enter 2 in the Color box click Apply.
Select the Shape Tool.
Click on the rickrack placement line at the neck. Move the end points approximately ¼” away from the seam lines.
Repeat for the other line.
Measure the pattern from the book to set the size. Select Transform and change the width and height to match the measurements in the book.
Select the rickrack line at the waist and click on Run in the Properties menu, select Symbol, Anchor, Apply.
Select the rickrack line at the neckline and transform it in the anchor symbols as you did at the waist.
Hoop the top fabric with tear-away. stabilizer. Stitch all the colors of the design. Mirror image the design and repeat. Remove the fabric from the hoop.
Cut the fabric close to the stitched outline. Repeat for the remaining pattern pieces.
Use these pieces to cut lining sections and follow the directions in the 30-Minute Doll Clothes book to make the garment. How sweet is that?
Stop by all of the blogs on the list and you can win some great prizes.
|July 10||Nancy Zieman||Nancy Zieman – The Blog||nancyzieman.com/blog|
|July 11||Jina Barney||Jina Barney Designz||jinabarneydesignz.blogspot.com|
|July 12||Eileen Roche||Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog||dzgns.com/blog|
|July 13||Heather Valentine||The Sewing Loft||thesewingloftblog.com|
|July 14||Shari Butler||Doohikey Designs Studio||doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog|
|July 16||Lori Holt||A bee in my bonnet||beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com|
|July 17||Amy Barickman||Indygo Junction||indygojunction.com/blog|
|July 18||The Long Ladies||Marie-Madeline Studio||mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com|
|July 19||Ingrid Pinto||Freddies Friends||freddiesfriendsblog.blogspot.com|
|July 20||Page Hill||Riley Blake Designs||rileyblakedesigns.com/blog|
|July 21||Joan Hinds & Nancy Zieman||Nancy Zieman – The Blog||nancyzieman.com/blog|
$25 Nancy’s Notions Gift Certificate from Nancy’s Notions Fun Prizes will be awarded to random readers at the close of the blog tour. To be eligible for the following prizes, post a comment at the bottom of Nancy’s July 10 blog tour posting. Winners will be posted on Tuesday, July 24th.
30-Minute Doll Clothes book by Nancy Zieman with Joan Hinds from Nancy’s Notions
Dress Up Days Fat Quarter Fabric Pack and Panel from Riley Blake Designs
Dress Up Days Fat Quarter Fabric Pack from Riley Blake Designs
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