Freitag, 12. September 2014

Tutorial: An easier way of sewing a dress with sleeves

Dear Readers, 

you sure know, that I'm always searching for an easier way to sew sylvanian clothes. The problem is that our beloved Sylvanians are so tiny, so we can't use a regular pattern. 

I  tried out something new and it worked out very well. Margarete Bellefleurs was kind enough to assist me, so I can show the steps easier.

You need:

- fabric
- thread
- glue
- accessoires, like ribbons, buttons, etc...

Step 1: The measurements & Cut out

After pulling off the clothes, measure from one arm (here the wrist!!!) to the other. It's about 5 cm by Margarete. It can be larger or smaller, it depends on the figure.



Than measure the length of the upper part of the dress. I've decided to make it about 2,5 cm long.


Now draw two rectangles onto your fabric.

The one is the front. Here I added 1 cm seam allowance, so my rectangle is 6x2,5 cm.

The other one is 7x2,5 cm. This will be the back, it must me a bit longer, otherwise we won't get the dress closed. 

There's just one part of the dress missing: the skirt. You have to decide how wide your skirt should fall. I decided to make mine 15x4 cm.

You should have these pieces now:


After that cut the longer top-part in two halfs for the back.


Step 2: Sewing the top

Place the back-parts with the right site facing down onto the front-part, like this.


Draw one a small cutout for the head - I've decided to go for a triangle this time. But of course you can also make a round neck.

Than sew the shoulder parts together. Tip: Use something like a buttonhole stich, to sew and secure the edges in one part. I hope it can be visible in the picture.


After that flap around the edges of the neck, use a small running stich to fix it. Apply some glue on the edges to secure them from frazzeling. 


After drying carefully put on the top. Flap around the arms and measure how many "space" your figure needs.


Than sew a few stiches to build the arm holes. With my measurements this seam is less than 0,5 cm.


The next part is a bit hard to explain. You have to flap the fabric around the arm hole and fix it with the running stich. I hope the pictures can explain better than I :D.



Part 3: Sewing the skirt

Well, now comes my "favourite" part... Or better said, it can be the most difficult part. 

Attach the skirt with one or two small stiches on both outer top ends (or back-ends). It might look strange now, because the skirt is more wide than the top of your dress. 



I hope it's visible what I mean - what you see here is a back-part attached to the skirt.

The trick with the skirt is now to sew little crinkles to get the skirt fixed to the top. So fold the skirt and sew over the folds.



Once done, it looks like this.



It already looks like a dress. 



Step 4: Finishing

Now turn the seam and fix it- using the running stich.





After that I've added a ribbon to the seam.



We're almost finished :). Now flap the outer sides and fix it with a few stiches. Stich together the lower parts of the skirt to close the dress.





That's how it should look after the 






Add hook - and loop fastener on both sides.




And your finished :)






I hope you had fun with this tutorial :).

Soon I'll upload the second part of the Margarete story.

Your Kyraja

Kommentare:

  1. Wow, this tutorial is amazing! Margaret looks so beautiful in her new dress!! Is this the pattern you used for Belinda's beautiful night dress?? I'm definitely trying it!!

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    1. Thank you!!!!! :D Yes it's the same pattern :) :) :). I can't wait to see your dress, it's really good to sew :)

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  2. Wow you make it look sooo easy, the dress is super cute. Look forward to Margarete part two:)

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    1. :) thank you so much Sigrun :). Hopefully part 2 will be up this weekend.

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  3. This dress looks amazing! It really suits Margarete, looking forward to Margarete Part 2 =)
    Emily

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    1. Thank you very much :). Margarete is very pleased with her dress, she didn't wanted to take it off :D

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  4. Wowwww...that dress is stunning! Just like the ones you buy with SF characters, only better! :D I absoloutely love your clever handiwork, and I hope that Margaret likes her new outfit.
    MW

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    1. :D thank you Mia for that wonderful compliment! I'm glad you lie it! Yes, Margarete fall in love with the dress :D

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  5. Yours is probably the simplest dress sewing tutorial I've seen! I've always thought dress making looked difficult so I never tried it. I think it's great Sylvanians are tiny so you can use any scrap cloth with a nice pattern to make their clothes. Thanks for posting this :)

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    1. :D thank you very much! Yes, I've seen other tutorials, which looked complicated to me... Or better said, some of the patterns were like the one for humans and it's hard to sew those patterns in this small size (especially because of the frazzeling). It was my pleasure, glad you liked it! :)

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  6. Wow your dress looks amazing! I wouldn't even know you made it yourself! I have tried sewing recently, but I am impatient learning new things (not the best quality to have), and I gave up quickly. However, every time I see one of your tutorials it inspires me to start trying again! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you so much, Paige! :) I'm glad I can inspire you and I cross my fingers that your handicrafts work :).

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  7. Wow! What a great tutorial! Thank you so much! I want to try your method. You make it look simple and even fun! :-) The finished dress looks amazing too! xo Jennifer

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    1. Thank you very much! :) I hope my method works out, when you're trying it:). The only "difficult" part is the skirt. I'll cross the fingers! :)

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  8. Thank you for this tutorial! Very clear instructions! Great photos to show what's needed to be done. I will try but not sure how it will turn out! LOL

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    1. It's my pleasure :). I'll cross the fingers, that it turnes out great :). Thank you very much for the compliment :).

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  9. You made it look so easy! Even me who never have a gift in sewing would like give it a try! Plus it doesn't need a sewing machine. Great instruction, thank you. :P

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    1. :D thank you very much. I'm glad I could inspire you for sewing :). It was my pleasure! :)

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  10. Hi! This tutorial is INCREDIBLE!! Can you PLEASE help me to make more patterns? My nieces and my daughter are mad about them and I'd really like to make some different clothes for Freya and the mice family too. Thank you so much and I would welcome contact from anyone with further ideas on how to make patterns and clothing for the sylvanians! Thanks again, you can reach me at
    kate.clemens78@gmail.com
    xoxoxo

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    1. Hi Kate:). Thank you very much for your lovely comment. I'm ao glad you and your family likes my tutorial.
      How can I help you? Do you need some measurements? I make all my dresses like the one in the post. For children and babies just a bit smaller

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