My Awesome Designer for this feature is Lisa Press from Phoebe & Egg.
Lisa designs and make the most AMAZING dolls (photo of Lisa’s dolls above) and dolls clothes which you can find in her Etsy Shop.
Lisa has recently released a series of tutorials on her blog showing you how to make dolls dresses.
This is a wonderful series of blog posts where she starts off talking about the basic tools and then provides you with a base doll dress pattern (for 5 different size dolls). Lisa then takes you through fitting and altering the pattern to suit your particular doll and then talks about facings, shows you how to make a reversible dress, a dress with a bodice & gathered skirt, peter pan collars and bias trims.
Here are the links to her series of blog posts she has called Doll Dress-Making Series (photos above from Lisa’s blog posts):
Basic Course in Doll Dress-Making Useful tools Base Patterns Resizing the Pattern Facings 101 The Reversible Dress Another tool Dress with a Bodice & gathered skirt The peter pan collar Where to find cute trim Making a bias trim Sewing on trim
If you have ever thought about making dolls dresses or if you already do but would like to learn some more techniques then these tutorials are for you. If you have a doll you would like to sew for but don’t have a pattern – then these tutorials are for you too. The tutorials show you how to make the dresses step by step and have great photos to go with them too.
I made up this dress (left) using these tutorials. This one was the bodice & gathered skirt and I found the tutorial easy to follow and the dress was easy to make too. My daughter now wants to make up some of these dresses too – so we are going to make some together. This is a great way to get kids sewing and making something that they want!
Thanks Lisa for these wonderful tutorials.
Make sure you pop over and check out Lisa’s website: Phoebe & Egg. She takes the most beautiful photos of the dolls she makes and so it is definitely worth a look.
Her dolls are all handmade using high quality materials and they are just amazing. Lisa can also make dolls to order too – so you can select the hair style and colours, skin tones, eye colours and clothing you want on them too.
Another wonderful fact I found while reading Lisa’s blog is she has recently set up her ‘Doll Friend Project’. For every doll purchased from Phoebe & Egg, a doll will be given to a child in the Foster Care Program. You can read more about these amazingly generous gifts on her blog post HERE.