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Monday, February 27, 2012

T-Shirt Redo for a Doll, a Tutorial

Remember that dress I made for a Cabbage Patch doll with a t-shirt (see Now You See Me, Now You...)?  Well, I did say I would show how I did it sometime after Christmas. 

So two months later, here it is.

T-shirt Before
Again here’s the t-shirt I used. 
 
A t-shirt and basic sewing supplies are pretty much all you need for this.

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The first step is to try the shirt on the doll to see where it needs to be cut down to size.  Basically everywhere, especially around the shoulders and armholes.  Also don’t forget to remove the sleeves for later.

T-Shirt Redo for a Doll, a Tutorial
Snip, snip, snip.

T-Shirt Redo for a Doll, a Tutorial

After cutting, it looks like this.  A lot like a tank top.  It’s now time to pin the shoulders and sew.

T-Shirt Redo for a Doll, a Tutorial

Sewing…
 
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Now it’s time for the sleeves.

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Pin the sleeves in place, don’t worry about them being too large.

T-Shirt Redo for a Doll, a Tutorial

Ta da!  All stitched.

T-Shirt Redo for a Doll, a Tutorial
Now it goes back on the doll inside-out.  Just need to pin up the side seams and double check on the length.  The length depends on whether it will be a doll t-shirt or dress. 

T-Shirt Redo for a Doll, a Tutorial
All stitched and ready to hem the bottom hem. 
 
Could either zig-zag or serge it.  Or…

T-Shirt Redo for a Doll, a Tutorial
…Add a ruffle.

 
The t-shirt I used did have one and it’s only natural to work with what you’ve got.

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Cut down to size and pin.

T-Shirt Redo for a Doll, a Tutorial
After sewing, the dress is complete.

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