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Sewing for Dolls
It all started with one doll. I loved Barbie as a child and didn't give mine up until my early teens. A few years ago a friend gave me a play-line doll just for fun. I was only going to buy one new outfit a week for her, but that thought lasted only a few short weeks as I fell in love all over again. Today my collection has grown considerably and now I have an extensive collection of 1:6 scale fashion dolls including vintage, mod and modern Barbie and her friends and family; clone dolls; 1970's era Dollikins; Fashion Royalty, Monsieur Z, Dynamite Girls, Momoko and Susie. And of course, I have a huge collection of fashions for the dolls since that is what a fashion doll is really all about.
After a while I became very interested in trying my hand at sewing for the dolls. In 2004 I bought my first pattern and some fabric and gave it a shot. I loved it and have been at it almost obsessively ever since.
I take great care and put a lot of effort in preparing each outfit. I often modify or even create patterns to get the exact look that I want. I test my patterns and tweak them as necessary to get a good fit. I wash and soak any fabrics that I fear might stain a doll and, afterwards, if I still have concerns, I won't use the fabric. I almost always either line garments or finish seams depending on what is called for to create a quality and lasting piece of work. I make my own jewelry and sometimes I even make my dolls a new pet.
Since I have a full-time job, sewing is what I do in my spare time as a creative outlet. In order to keep it an enjoyable hobby, I rarely take commissions or make commitments on outfits. I usually make two of each fashion at the same time - one for my dolls and one to sell. I rarely have the patience or the desire to make more because I am looking forward to beginning my next project.
If you are interested in knowing when I have a new outfit available, please feel free to contact me to be put on my mailing list.
Contact me: ByShane@Live.com