this little beauty? I made her clothes without a pattern. I'm back to give a little how-to, at least for the pants. It's not a full tutorial, but maybe it will help someone out there in Blogland.
Then I hemmed the pant legs. Yes, I know this step is different than traditional pants. Normally when making a pair of pants, you'd sew all of the side seams first and hem the pant legs last. But for a doll, the leg openings are so small that if you waited to hem at the end, the leg hole would be too small to fit on your machine. I have a picture father down that will help this will make sense.
Now turn down the top of the pants to make the casing for the elastic waistband. Remember to leave a hole to insert the elastic. Insert the elastic, then sew hole closed. Voila! Done.
First, I sketched out what I wanted my finished tunic to look like, then mentally broke apart the pattern to see what pieces of fabric I'd need. Here I have the front and back of a body, plus two sleeves. I sewed both sides of each sleeve to the front and back body pieces of the tunic. (Front of each sleeve to the front of the tunic, back of each sleeve to the back of the tunic.) Then I hemmed the ends of the sleeves. As with the leg holes on the pants, I knew the arm holes would be too small to maneuver around a presser foot after the side seams on the sleeves had been sewn together.
With the sleeves hemmed, I sewed the sides of the sleeves together. Then I sewed the sides of the tunic together. At the top of the tunic, I made a casing for narrow elastic (1/4") around the entire neck area, added elastic, and sewed the casing closed. Then I tried the tunic on the doll to determine how long I wanted the tunic, took the tunic off, and hemmed the bottom.
How's that for a non-tutorial? If you know of a better tutorial, please leave a comment and let us all know where to find it! As always, if you make anything with one of my (non)tutorials, feel free to ask questions or give suggestions. I'd love to see your finished work! Good luck!