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Topic: Easy Peasy Poppet Dress - Now with more tute-y goodness! 17 images  (Read 19293 times)
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« on: February 18, 2008 02:31:18 PM »

Okay, Teapotdnky, love me forever!

Here is the pattern to download from the flicker account.  The 1 inch square is a guide to tell you if you have printed it correctly.  http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2034/2274901137_63f2c9d8a9_o.jpg

Now some finished products:

Now, onto what you really clicked on this link for - a tute! 

Step 1:  Get your pattern piece ready.  I eliminated the seam allowances (except for the one on the bottom) and cut one piece on a fold of freezer paper.  I love freezer paper.  You could do it the old fashioned way if you don't have freezer paper.  (Cut two pieces of fabric on fold.)  If you are going to add the optional trim to the bodice, you should probably do it the old fashioned way, as you sew the trim to one side before sewing the side and top seams.

Step 2:  Iron your pattern piece onto your fabric.  Double thickness, right sides together.

Step 3:  Sew around your pattern, leaving the bottom open.  Clip curves and corners.

Step 4:  Turn right side out and press.

Step 5:  Cut a rectangle about 18" by 5 or 6".  This one came out a little short, I originally planned to add lace to the bottom. 

Step 6:  (Optional) Serge or use pinking shears on all your raw edges.

Step 7:  Gather, gather, gather until it is about 1 cm longer on each side than the bodice.  Fold the sides in, so now it matches.

Step 8:  Pin the skirt to the bodice, lining up the sides. (I know it's hard to see, but there are pins in there.) Sew the skirt onto the bodice.

Step 9:  Iron it and admire for a minute, then add some trim if you like.  Am I the only one who loves lace and trim?  Lord knows that I never have enough...

Step 10:  Better hem it now.  It's a lot easier to work with when it's flat.

Step 11:  Open up those folds you made on the edges of the skirt.  Sew about halfway up, making sure to backstitch.  Press the seam open.

Step 12:  Add a snap.  Or 2.  You can use the sew on snaps, and it would probably look better, but I am pretty lazy. 
I love this tool.  I use it all the time.  I just wish I could use smaller snaps with it.

Optional Step 13:  Want straps?  It's easiest to use coordinating trim, but you could make a long skinny tube of fabric and turn it right side out for straps.  I used trim.  I already told you I'm lazy.  What can I say?  Put the dress on the doll and pin the straps in place.  Carefully shimmy the dress off the doll (I always get poked by a pin at least twice when I do this) and hand sew in place.  (Ugh, handsewing)

Got a bunch of ugly strings hanging off the dress?  Here's an army trick... Light those babies on fire with a lighter.  The polyester thread shrivels and burns, and it usually extinguishes when it hits the dress.  It doesn't damage the fabric unless you got a LOT of threads.  Why is that an army trick, you may ask...  Well, soldiers are pyros at heart, and in the states you do a lot of waiting.  So we all burn the threads off our uniforms because we're bored.   Grin

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Visit http://ghilie.wordpress.com/ for the poppet pattern.

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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2008 02:39:24 PM »

I have that pattern and you can do so many things with it.

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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2008 03:47:46 PM »

I love it Ghilie! Thanks for the pattern! The red dress is my favorite! ^^
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2008 03:49:36 PM »

Gah! I am having serious "serger envy" right about now!

 Great Tut! Thanks for sharing!!!

« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2008 03:55:29 PM »

How cute!!  Where did you find that snap device??
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2008 03:55:42 PM »

Awesome, thanks for the tute, ghilie!  Such a cute poppet dress.  I wonder if I have time to make one more thing for the swap...

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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2008 04:11:33 PM »

Hey Ghillie, I still have to test that pattern you drafted...once i finish my poppet(my first full size) I will give it a whirl!

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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2008 04:24:41 PM »

dude, adorable! easy peasy too, nice one.

and i was having snap press envy for a second until i remembered that i have one of those things in the basement, i just don't know how to use it, heh.

I have a Crop-O-Dile, I havent tried it for snaps yet though...

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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2008 04:37:45 PM »

Easy, and pretty. Cool pattern and tute Ghile! I too am having serger envy.

« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2008 04:47:53 PM »

Great Tut!!!  Those dresses are precious

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