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If you sew, you have the opportunity to share the magic of transforming scraps of fabric into wonderful garments. This free sewing pattern can transform scraps of denim into jeans for a fashion doll the size of Barbie. If you have gabardine or wool scraps on hand, sew dress slacks to keep the fashion doll on the cutting edge of fashion. Fascination with the wonderful doll clothes you are sewing may be the trigger that encourages a young person to want to learn to sew.
- Print out... of free pattern
- Scraps of fabric - discarded jeans are a great source of fabric for this projects. If you are making this garment for a small child to play with, consider using stretch fabric, and a stretch stitch to make it easier for them to dress the doll.
- Thread to match the fabric
- Small scrap of hook and loop tape- a 3/4" wide by 3/4"long, cut in half lengthwise, creating two separate sections. You will be using one section.
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Cut Out and Mark
- Find the straight grain of the scraps of fabric (More about fabric grain)
- Place the scraps right or wrong sides together.
- Pin the pattern pieces in place keeping the grain lines straight.
- Cut out the pieces.
- Transfer the dart markings onto the fabric. (More on Transferring Markings.)
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Sew the Darts
If you have never sewn a dart before, please review Darts in Clothing - What is a Dart & How to Sew Darts
- Folding the right sides together, match the marked dart lines.
- Pin the dart in place.
- Optional: Hand baste the dart in place.
- Sew the dart in place, by sewing from the waistline to the point of the dart.
- Do not back-stitch the point of the dart, instead, sew off the fabric at the point and knot the tails of thread.
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Outer Side Seams
- Place a pants front and pants back, right sides together.
- Line up the long edge, aligning the top, bottom, and long edges.
- Pin in place
- Sew the side seam suing a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Sew a zigzag stitch on the seam allowance.
- Repeat for the other pants leg.
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Pressing and Flap Preparation
Pressing at this point is critical to obtaining a well-pressed garment and to keep the parts in place as the final construction is done.
Pressing the Darts
- Press the darts as they were sewn. Press each dart toward the curved crotch seam it is near. Press from the wrong side and the right side of the pants.
Press the Side Seam
- The back section has a jut our area that is the flap. Press the seams as they were sewn and then press them toward the back. Press from the wrong and right side.
Prepare the... Flap
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- Sew a zigzag stitch on the edges of each flap.
- It is easiest to sew the hook and loop tape on the flaps at this time. Sew one side of the tape on each flap at the bottom of each flap. The hook and loop tape will not go all the way to the top edge.
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Optional - Mock Flat Felled Seams
Flat felled seams are a part of jeans but when you are working with something as small as these fashion doll clothes, you will waste a lot of time trying to create perfect flat felled seams.
- Using gold denim thread or a regular gold thread, topstitch right next to the seam line, on top of the pressed seam allowance, on the outside of the pants.
- Using your presser foot as a guide, sew another row of stitching an even distance from the first row of topstitching.
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Sew the Crotch Seams
- Lay each leg section flat and place them right sides together, matching the bottom of the curved sections and the bottom of the flap sections.
- Sew the front crotch seam using a 1/4" seam allowance, sewing from entire curved edge.
- Sew the back crotch seam by sewing from the bottom of the curved edge to the bottom of the flap area, back stitching to secure the seam.
- Trim the seams.
- Apply a zigzag seam finish.
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- Press under one of the flaps with the hook and loop tape attached.
- Sew a zigzag stitch along the top edge.
- Turn under the waistline edge, a scant 1/4" and topstitch it in place.
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- Sew a zigzag stitch on the bottom edge of the pants legs.
- Turn the edge up a 1/4", being careful to be perfectly consistent so the bottom of the legs will line up when the seam is sewn.
- Top-stitch the hem in place by sewing an even distance from the pressed edge across the hemmed edge.
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- Place right sides together and line up the front and back crotch seam
- Pin the crotch seams in place.
- Line up the bottom edges and pin the pants legs.
- Sew the remaining seam from one leg bottom to the bottom of the other leg.
- Press as sewn.
- Turn right side out and press again. A wash cloth or scrap of fabric rolled up in a tube that can be inserted in the leg prevents a crease where you don't want one.