TUTORIAL: Sewing a Simple Fabric Dress.

I started making a bunny for a dress tutorial, but at some point realized I may not have enough yarn to finish her. After the body, head and limbs were done, I had just enough yarn left over to make teddy ears. So here she is - one sweet teddy girl.

If you want to make your own, use this pattern. Here's the pattern for the ears and muzzle:

Ears:

1: mr, sc 6 = (6)
2: inc x 6 = (12)
3: (inc, sc 5) x 2 = (14)
4: sc in each st = (14)

Muzzle:

1: mr, sc 6 = (6)
2: inc x 6 = (12)
3: (sc, inc) x 6 = (18)
4: sc in each st = (18)

 

amigurumi teddy bear

 

Because sewing clothes to tiny animals is a huge pain, I decided to use super bulky alpaca and wool blend (Katia “Peru”, 100g = 106m) and a 3,50 mm crochet hook (US size E). At about 46cm (18”) tall, she is big enough for cuddling.

And if you want to know how the dress is made, read on.

 

You will need:

- The doll or animal you are making.
- Light woven fabric; cotton, linen or their blends are the easiest to work with.
- Sewing thread to match your fabric and yarn.
- Sewing machine.
- Iron.
- Scissors.
- Sewing needle, sewing pins.
- Chalk or fabric marker.

 

Tutorial:

1. Cut a piece of fabric following the shape of the body, leaving a 1cm seam allowance on all sides. Then cut another piece for the lining, leaving a 1cm seam allowance to the top and sides.

Note! I used the same fabric for the lining, but if you are making a smaller dress, you may want to use a lighter fabric for this. You can also skip the lining and finish the collar with bias tape or any other method you like.

 

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2. Cut a rectangular piece of fabric for the skirt. Make it as wide as the desired skirt length plus 3 cm seam allowance and about 2.5 – 3 times longer than the circumference of the body.

 

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3. Fold the bottom edge of the skirt up 1 cm twice. Press the hem with your iron, but don't sew it yet.

 

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4. Hand stitch with running stitch or use a sewing machine on a long stitch setting to sew all along the top of the skirt, 8 mm from the edge.

 

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5. Grab the thread and push on the fabric, gathering the skirt until it is the same width as the bottom edge of the bodice.

 

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6. Make a few small stitches to lock the thread in place. Knot and trim the extra thread. Set the skirt aside.

 

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7. Pin the lining to the bodice and sew them together 1cm from the top edge.

 

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8. Clip the seam allowance to allow it to stretch evenly when the piece is turned right side out.

 

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9. Turn the bodice right side out and press.

 

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10. Because the edge of the lining will not be visible, you can just finish it with zig-zag stitch, a serger or hand stitch with whip stitch to keep it from fraying.

 

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11. Pin the skirt to the bodice, right sides facing, and stitch 1cm from the edge.

 

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12. Fold the bodice up over the seam allowance and press.

 

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13. Fold the dress in half, right sides facing, unfolding the bottom hem and pin the sides together. Sew the sides together, including the lining.

Note! Before stitching the side seam, try the dress on and mark the place for the seam. You want the dress to fit quite tightly around the body.

 

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14. Trim the seam allowance and serge or use the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine to finish the edge and keep it from fraying.

 

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15. Finish the bottom hem. Use straight stitch or blind hem stitch on your sewing machine or hand stitch with blind hem stitch.

 

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16. Place the dress around the body before sewing on the head. Sew the dress to the body making tiny stitches just below the bodice.

 

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17. Sew the arms to the body through the dress with matching thread.

 

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18. Finish assembling your doll.

 

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Have any questions? Do not hesitate to contact me!

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Please do not post this tutorial to your website or blog, instead post a link to http://engsidrun.spire.ee/blogs/blog1.php/tutorial-sewing-a-simple-fabric.

Feel free to use my tutorials in any free class or e-course or as part of a free pattern. You may also sell finished items made with these patterns, provided you credit me as the designer (Kristi Tullus, http://sidrun.spire.ee ).

 

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