Hello Dolly Dress in Green

And we have a winner!

I’m pleased with the results of this third dress, and I don’t think I’d change anything I did this time.

This was sewn on Kona Cotton and stitched entirely with Isacord polyester thread, for the embroidery, the pin tucks, and the construction and top stitching.

I used 2 layers of Vilene stablizer for the skirt.  For the bodice I used medium weight tearaway stabilizer, and this worked very well. In the picture above, the dress is standing on its own. I’m sure it would be much softer in batiste or handkerchief weight linen, but I rather like it as is.

Sue left a comment on my post yesterday about a Marathon tearaway stabilizer that is also water soluble! It just doesn’t get any better than that, but I tend to buy things in bulk for the costs savings, and ordered a bulk roll from Allstitch in their house brand, which is mostly what I use for all of my stabilizers. Sounds like my dream stabilizer!

Three KAMsnaps in clear were inserted at the back bodice, 1/4 inch from the bodice edge, 1/4 inch from the top, 1/2 inch from the bottom to avoid the seam allowance, and at the 1-1/8 inch mark between the center of those top and bottom snap.

I quite like the clear snaps best, and the size 16 works perfectly for me. I use a dental pick to carefully poke holes in my markings before putting the snap in.

It may look like I’ve poked a huge hole there, but it’s barely big enough for the pointed tip of the snap to fit through. I still have to forcefully push the fabric down around the snap tip.

When I get ready to install the snaps, I very carefully separate the fronts from the backs and make sure I don’t mix them up. The other thing I’m very careful about is to make sure that the snap parts are perfectly centered in the tool before I squeeze… they are a nightmare to take apart if you mess up… so don’t!

I do one side of the bodice at a time, rather than complete each snap at once. It helps me to not mix the snap parts up.

Here are both sides.

I have the cheapest K1 KAMsnap tool. I wasn’t sure how much I’d use it when I got it. There’s a bunch of tutorials by the manufacturer on how to use it here. Most especially helpful is the video on how to remove a failed snap. That doesn’t always work, so I try to be super careful when I install them.

Below the embroidered scallops on the skirt, I marked a half inch from the edge, and with the Bernina #32 pintuck foot and a 2.0mm double needle, I made 3 rows of tucks, working the the outside one at the half inch mark first then added two more between it and the embroidered scallops.

I trimmed to one inch below the pintucks, and used Bernina hemmer foot #63 to hem the skirt bottom.

Because this design was one color and not as stitch intensive without the wing needle design I stitched previously, in blue and pink, I went ahead and combined the design and embroidered it in my mega hoop, so there was only three hooping instead of six.

A small group of friends, along with Jim and me, are bicycling early this evening. The weather is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to see a few faces! I have a pot of split pea and ham soup simmering on the stove, and a loaf of onion, dill and rye bread cooling on the counter.

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Chris

    Thank you for all the details on the snaps! I’m going to look into them. I hate sewing the little snaps on by hand, and I have the regular snaps and setting tool, but they’re kind of utilitarian for doll clothes. New dress is gorgeous, and I love, love pintucks.

    1. tinksquared

      The snaps are a game changer for me. I can’t tell you how much I love them!

  2. Debbie Brander

    I absolutely love the doll dresses. I’ve never had an embroidery machine but this makes me want to run out and purchase one. I’ve always been intimidated by them, and the expense of them also. I would love to make one of these dresses for my 5 year old granddaughter.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Debbie, yes embroidery is a rather expensive hobby to get started in. Once you have a machine, software, large thread and stabilizer supply, it’s not too bad to maintain, but that’s the cost of a car practically.

  3. Dee

    This is so meeee .. I want a dress like this 🙂 I just might have to go Bernina someday .. all those wonderful feet and the things you can do !

    1. tinksquared

      I do love Bernina presser feet. They are beautifully engineered and well thought out.

  4. treadlemusic

    Pintucks have always been a great fave of mine over the years.

    1. tinksquared

      I know, they look so amazing and are so easy to do!

  5. KimS

    So pretty. There is something about heirloom sewing that just draws me in. You have perfected this dress, I just love everything about it.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you so much Kim, I am really pleased with the green dress. I’m learning so much with my experiments too, and having a blast!

  6. itsjusttoni

    Although I absolutely ADORE Kamsnaps, I have discovered a type of hook and loop tape specifically for doll clothes making. It has a low hook so as not to tangle doll hair (almost smooth). I ordered mine directly from a Japanese supplier. This is very similar: Releaserain. I just love it; easy to sew, and easy to use as a closure.

    1. tinksquared

      I have some, and it is nice, but I much prefer the look of the KAMsnaps, especially now that I’ve tried the clear ones.

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