December 26, 2016

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12 Days of Christmas - Day 3 December 27th 2016

Welcome to the Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Celebration!

[Giveaway Update: Congratulations to Margaret!  You've won these 3 60's dresses and have been contacted by email.]

Today we are giving away 3 Forever 18 Inches Dresses to 1 lucky winner! The 3 dresses included in this giveaway are designed to fit 18-inch dolls such as American Girl®.

These beautiful dresses were handcrafted by Karen Wadsworth, the designer behind the Forever 18 Inches brand, as prototype pieces for the Good Vibrations doll clothes sewing pattern. We've got a growing collection of 18-inch doll clothes patterns for the 1960's era - be sure to check them out HERE.

Many of you have been sewing for years and many are just learning to sew - but all of us face challenges! The best part is we can all learn from each other! 

To enter simply respond to this post and complete this sentence:

“My favorite sewing tip or trick is (insert your amazing tip here) … “

Comments must be left (on this blog post) by midnight (pacific), 12/27/2016.

One entry per person.

No purchase necessary, void where prohibited. Must be 18 or older to enter. While we wish we could run this contest everywhere, for legal reasons it is only open to eligible residents of the U.S. and Canada, not including Rhode Island. This contest is exclusively endorsed by Liberty Jane Clothing and Pixie Faire.

The winners will be chosen randomly from the comments received and contacted through the email provided in the comment.

We will choose the winners and modify this post tomorrow to let everyone know who won.

Okay, good luck, and if we’ve forgotten anything we will modify and/or update this post as needed.

Merry Christmas,

Cinnamon & The Liberty Jane / Pixie Faire Team


100 Comments

Lawana Perez
Lawana Perez

December 30, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is make the garment for either a child gear it for an adult. Children like items that are velcro and easy to dress. Adults enjoy displaying their dolls and like to keep a well cited garment on the doll for a long time. Price to make and price to sell is also a factor.

Jessica G
Jessica G

December 30, 2016

Sew with a friend so that I don’t get frustrated with how slow I am going!

Pamela
Pamela

December 29, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to press all fabric and patterns before starting. I then press every seam I sew: initially flat to lock in the seam then open or to the direction it is designed to go. Pressing can make an ok item look spectacular!

dianne
dianne

December 29, 2016

sharp, straight needle

Betty
Betty

December 29, 2016

Wake up and be ready to sew. I find out if I have other things on my mine it’s harder to get into sewing. I enjoy sewing when I am home along nothing on the schedule except sewing

Jane
Jane

December 29, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to join a sewing group and learn from the expert sewers.

Jane
Jane

December 29, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to join a sewing group and learn from the expert sewers.

Catherine Muirhead
Catherine Muirhead

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip : I like to cut out multiple patterns at once so I use a pants hanger to clip the pattern and paper pieces on one side and the UT out fabric pices on the other until I am ready to sew.

BARBARA CHENEY
BARBARA CHENEY

December 28, 2016

I have learned that it is important to read through all of the instructions before starting in order to get an overview of the project and identify any problem areas which concern me.

Vivienne
Vivienne

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to sew on paper to keep the fabric from catching in the machine.

Sherril McGann
Sherril McGann

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to press between each step.

Tobey
Tobey

December 28, 2016

I cut slits in the interfacing pieces so they don’t bunch up. Then I sew a stitch at the edge of the interfacing so it looks neat and stays down.

Brionna
Brionna

December 28, 2016

Love the outfits but don’t have a tip. Sorry.

Donna Lee
Donna Lee

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to keep my sewing area straightened up as I sew, as much as possible. When things get too messy and chaotic, I waste a lot of time looking for pattern pieces, that tiny piece of lace or trim, and I’m not nearly as efficient as I am when I clean up after each session.

Mickey McMillen
Mickey McMillen

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to keep your scissors sharp. Also when I get a new pattern I cut the whole pattern out to save time when I am ready to use it.

Patricia Cedeno
Patricia Cedeno

December 28, 2016

My Favorite tip or trick is: I love mixing the colors of the material and the patterns on the material to make an unusual or call it crazy outfit, my colors don’t always have to match. I also love mixing my my patterns top of one outfit with the bottom of another so they are not always the same outfit.

Su
Su

December 28, 2016

My sewing tip for crisp seams is to iron a lot as I sew seams, collars, sleeves, etc.

VICTORIA GOBEL
VICTORIA GOBEL

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is make your doll clothes sewing time a peaceful therapeutic time. I always hand-sew my seams first and use that time to catch up on a good movie. Hand-sewing your pieces together first will make it easier to machine stitch it without it shifting apart. Less mistakes too!

Shelley Rosselot
Shelley Rosselot

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to make a copy of my pattern so that I don’t ruin my pattern.

Marylyn Fisher
Marylyn Fisher

December 28, 2016

Love it!!!

gail
gail

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is try different fabrics out by picking up clothes at Good Will and using it as fabric. If you make two of an item trying out a pattern donate it to a shelter, where someone could use it.

Ann Sereday
Ann Sereday

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to find old sewing patterns and read the instructions which provide more information, like what direction to sew in for stay stitching around curves, etc. Make up your own little quick guide to reference when sewing from new patterns or creating your own designs!

kb
kb

December 28, 2016

When making doll clothes from regular clothes, line up the hem lines of the patterns with the hem of the existing garment. This gives you a professionally finished hem and saves time. Make sure to subtract the seam allowance when you do this.

Toni
Toni

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing trick is to make multiples of whatever doll clothes I am cutting out and package them separately in baggies. Another thing is to work on multiple articles of clothing which use the same thread color in order to save time changing/hunting for the right color.

pam
pam

December 28, 2016

my favorite tip/trick is to use materials that I already have to make something new….

Clara Hughes
Clara Hughes

December 28, 2016

My Greatest sewing tip, really suggestion. I have children both boy’s and girls, range from 1st to 7th grades so far. I teach the basics and supply all materials, for the beginners. Then in the next session they get the choice of sewing simple skirt, quilt, doll clothes, or what they come up with. This helps encourage them to sew and want to. I do have some great sewers in the 1st grade and one young lad that loves to design. I encourage them to ask for help and questions answered. 55 years of teaching and loving it.

Jane Secord
Jane Secord

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to NEVER say never. You can always figure out a solution.

Holly
Holly

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is wooden skewer sticks. Helps keep fabric aligned during sewing and steam away from fingers while ironing.

Carol Hinchliff
Carol Hinchliff

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to keep all my sewing pattern pieces in a zip-lock plastic baggie to keep them safe for the next time. If I print out the instuctions (my pc is in a different room to my sewing machine) I place them in a binder along with the baggie.

Terry
Terry

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing trick is to sew sleeves flat, then sew sleeve and side seam. Then hem sleeve! Easier then fitting a sewn sleeve!

Daytha Grier
Daytha Grier

December 28, 2016

My most favorite trick to sewing is taking my time, experiment with a lot of new techniques. My 46 yo singer has been the best thing my Hubbie gave me on our first anniversary, now my new Brother PE770 is side by side and love sewing for greats granddaughter

SusanAnn Sheidy
SusanAnn Sheidy

December 28, 2016

My favorite holiday tradition is I bake several kinds if cookies, cranberry bread and a big bowlful of potato chowder and give it to the senior neighbors. I ring their doorbell or knock on the door and disappear so they don’t know from whom it came. I try to hide behind a tree so I can see their faces. Most of them have no family so to receive something is rewarding to me. The smiles were worth all the work!

Donna Ege
Donna Ege

December 28, 2016

I love being able to use up my stash especially the remnents I have kept because “I might be able to use them some day!”

Kimberly Moore
Kimberly Moore

December 28, 2016

My favorite trick is to pick fabric that has a tiny print. This keeps the outfit looking more delicate and in scale to the doll.

Rebecca
Rebecca

December 28, 2016

My favorite trick is to use second-hand clothes to create unique doll clothing.

Tami Vater
Tami Vater

December 28, 2016

My two favorite sewing tips include ironing the outfit as I assemble and sew it. It makes it so much easier to sew tiny hems without having to use pins. I also serge all open edges and seams as much as I can. With doll outfits being handled so much this helps keep the seam edges from fraying.

Alberta
Alberta

December 28, 2016

My tip is to watch the seam allowance.. to big of a seam make the clothing smaller than you think. Always press to make things go smooth. Oh and just have fun sewing.

Debbie
Debbie

December 28, 2016

My favorite tip or trick is to shop my favorite second hand store for new pieces of " decade " inspired fabrics and to line nearly everything. If the garment is lined it makes it so much easier for little hands to dress their dolls easily.

Jennifer Rhue
Jennifer Rhue

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to photocopy a pattern onto card-stock. It really works well.

Diane
Diane

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to use the correct needle for the fabric.

Silvia Campos
Silvia Campos

December 28, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to keep a magnet on tha sewing table of my machine that holds scissors and pins and others metal things that I use to sew. It helps a lot, keep all things near.

Holly
Holly

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is using a bar of soap to make marks on the fabric. Especially for top stitching such as with a double needle.

Sarah
Sarah

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to look into what sewing machine feet are available for your machine! There seems to be a foot for every use, and they make home sewing much easier and makes it look more professional!

Tiffany
Tiffany

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip it to use a frixion eraser pen to make my marks on the fabric instead of chalk. I have had times where the chalk marks would not come out of the fabric but the marks from the pen disappear when you run an iron over them.

Regan
Regan

December 27, 2016

MY FAVORITE SEWING TIP IS WHEN YOU FIRST LEARN TO SEW MAKE YOUR STITICHES SMALL THIS HELPS YOU TO CONTROL THE FABRIC BETTER.

Ashley
Ashley

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip or trick is putting a strip of Scotch tape on my sewing machine foot when sewing pleather or vinyl to prevent it from sticking to the fabric.

JENNIFER
JENNIFER

December 27, 2016

MY FAVORITE SEWING TIP IS WHEN SEWING TWO FABRICS TOGETHER ALWAYS PUT THE THINEST ONE ON TOP THIS WILL KEEP FABRIC FROM PUCKERING.

Twila
Twila

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip that I once heard & has served me well on occasion (OK often) is to stop being afraid of trying something new…..it Is after all JUST a piece of fabric….worst case scenario, you waste a few dollars of material, not the end of the world! Just give it a try!

Karen
Karen

December 27, 2016

I like to garage sales and thrift stores for gently Used girl clothes. The fabric is usually
cuter than by the yard fabric

Sue
Sue

December 27, 2016

I like to mark the seam allowances with chalk or pencil on the wrong side, being off even a tiny bit can really affect the fit for doll size projects.

Betty Key
Betty Key

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to use a straight pin under a button that does not have a shank when sewing it onto your garment. If using a 2-hole or 4-hole button, just place the straight pin under it (don’t pin through the fabric), sew your button on like normal, then remove the pin. The depth of the pin adds just enough “shank” that it allows for the thickness of the buttonhole and looks neater than a button that is sewed tight against the fabric. Hope that description makes sense.

Gayla
Gayla

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to use tissue paper (such as one uses when wrapping presents) as a stabilizer when sewing slippery or stretchy fabrics such as some knits.

JODI
JODI

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip or trick is when stretching & zigzagging elastic onto sleeves, waistbands etc. is to not cut it to the size specified on pattern instructions – cut it 1" longer on both ends – mark where to start & end sewing (measurement on instructions). This gives you overhang “tails” to pull while stitching. I leave those “tails” until after the sleeve or waistband seam is stitched so you can pull them to get an even seam – then trim them to the width of the seam.

Sandra Aiken
Sandra Aiken

December 27, 2016

Good lighting and sharp scissors.

Judy Wentz
Judy Wentz

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing trick or tip is to under stitch facings to make sure that they lie flat.

Carol Dolan
Carol Dolan

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip for doll clothes is to recycle the fabric from old jeans, T-shirts etc… Even socks with a hole in the toe can be used to make tights, leggings, banding etc…

Margaret
Margaret

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to keep my iron set up. It comes in handy for just about everything. From ironing the material before I start cutting to ironing the hem. I couldn’t do without my iron.

Ramona
Ramona

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip (well, one of the more recent ones) is to invest in quality lighting. Maybe it’s my aging eyes, but sewing is easier when you can see lol

Diana Stephens
Diana Stephens

December 27, 2016

Always always have sharp sissors!

Jaedee
Jaedee

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is Fray Check. I’m notorious for cutting out a garment (or many! ) and walking away for a couple of weeks. I’ve learned to apply Fray Check (or something similar) if the fabric warrants and pin a note telling myself what I planned to do with it! I also use coffee filters when sewing really stretchy knits since we have hundreds of the wrong kind in the cupboard.

Sheena C
Sheena C

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to use my Fasturn to turn tiny straps, belts and dress sashs. It makes it quick and easy to turn even the tiniest tubes! I used to get really frustrated trying to turn tubes without making holes in the end of the tube but now it’s fast and easy!

Renee
Renee

December 27, 2016

My favorite tip is if you put masking tape on the bottom of your sewing machine foot, it helps it to slide on vinyl when sewing it.

Tinker
Tinker

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is for my most used patterns. I trace the pattern on plastic from a milk jug with a permanent marker then cut out, and use a small rotary cutter to cut out the fabric when making an outfit. The pattern pieces last a long time.

LaLinda Eggerling
LaLinda Eggerling

December 27, 2016

My tip is. When your putting sleeves I or ruffles learn to space and pin. Saves time.

Julie
Julie

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing to is don’t feel constrained to stick with the pattern. Change things up and use your own creativity.
w woikin
w woikin

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to iron iron iron as each bit is sewed together! Simple but makes such a big difference in the result!

Amanda S.
Amanda S.

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to read through the instructions before starting a project. It’s so easy to skip this part and every time I do, I regret it.

karen
karen

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip or trick is to use Wonder Tape to hold tiny hems or other things in place before sewing. It washes out and saves time and lots of frustration.

Mary
Mary

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to trace doll clothes pattern pieces onto heavy grade plastic (put plastic over pattern) marking all dots, grain line, etc. using a sharpie pen. Then I place plastic pattern pieces on the fabric and cut with a rotary cutter. No pinning!! Can cut several layers at one time. Helpful also to use a rotating hard cutting mat so no re-positioning! I have several sizes of rotary cutters so even the smallest curves can be quickly and precisely cut. Being able to see through the pattern piece allows you to orient it correctly on fabrics with featured logos or images, like Hello Kitty, etc. It’s also very handy for patterns you make repeatedly like leggings, or a well fitting bodice you like. Thank you Liberty Jane for all the wonderful patterns you offer and all you do. I’m going to make a copy of all these tips. They are all great!

Ellen Barth
Ellen Barth

December 27, 2016

My favorite tip is to read the directions a number of times before you ever cut the fabric and start sewing.

SQuezeemMee
SQuezeemMee

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip, as it relates to sewing doll clothes is to first, read instructions, including “materials needed.” Then assemble EVERYTHING, including any appliqués, buttons, lace, etc. I keep everything in a zipper bag except for what I’m currently working with. Cut pattern pieces out VERY carefully, JUST INSIDE lines. Then, use the same care cutting fabric. I use a rotery cutter for all straight and slightly curved pieces, and scissors for curved pieces, leaving piece as flat as possible while cutting. Transfer every mark, especially “center” marks. PRESS every seam as you finish it. Don’t give up when you’ve made a mistake that requires a seammm ripper. It IS your friend. Always press a seam that has been ripped before proceeding. And, lastly, RELAX and HAVE FUN.

SQuezeemMee
SQuezeemMee

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip, as it relates to sewing doll clothes is to first, read instructions, including “materials needed.” Then assemble EVERYTHING, including any appliqués, buttons, lace, etc. I keep everything in a zipper bag except for what I’m currently working with. Cut pattern pieces out VERY carefully, JUST INSIDE lines. Then, use the same care cutting fabric. I use a rotery cutter for all straight and slightly curved pieces, and scissors for curved pieces, leaving piece as flat as possible while cutting. Transfer every mark, especially “center” marks. PRESS every seam as you finish it. Don’t give up when you’ve made a mistake that requires a seammm ripper. It IS your friend. Always press a seam that has been ripped before proceeding. And, lastly, RELAX and HAVE FUN.

Kristina Peters
Kristina Peters

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip/trick is: when working with a slippery fabric (organza, velvet, anything that doesn’t like to stay put), tack said fabric to the carpet with pins to cut out your pattern. This helps keep it in place easier so you don’t accidentally cut off half a sleeve or something. Also works great when working with large amounts of fabric.

TerriAnn
TerriAnn

December 27, 2016

My overall sewing tip is to watch the feed not the needle. This will give you a seam that runs true to the straight or curved that you want.

louise
louise

December 27, 2016

My favorite tip when doing any sewing is to load 2 or 3 bobbins with the color of thread to be used so I don’t have to un-thread the top spool to fill a new bobbin. The bobbin thread always seems to run out just before a seam is finished. With an extra bobbin handy, I just back stitch a few stiches, put in the new bobbin, back stitch a couple stiches again and I am on my way to completing the project. Saves a lot of frustration of retreading the top spool and the needle.

Cherry
Cherry

December 27, 2016

My favorite tip is to put my pdf patterns in page protectors once I have printed them.

Kim W
Kim W

December 27, 2016

My sewing tip to make makes samples from muslin or other scrap fabric for practicing difficult sewing projects.

Deanna
Deanna

December 27, 2016

To prevent elastic from rolling in the casing – add 1/4" to the allowance for the casing and edge stitch 1/8" away from the fold line as well as the normal line (1/2’ – 1" from the fold line). The elastic will be between the 2 lines of stitching and will not roll. You may also stitch-in-the-ditch at the center back seam through the elastic.

Linda
Linda

December 27, 2016

“My favorite sewing tip or trick is pin everything really good and be patient.

Amelia
Amelia

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip or trick is that when seam ripping you can use the red dot and sharp point together to quickly rip the piece apart. I try not to have to do it, but once I discovered it I was so much happier than when I ripped each stitch out one by one.

Kathy Allen
Kathy Allen

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip or trick is when printing out digital patterns I only print the cover page, the materials needed page, and 2 copies of each pattern piece. The rest of the pattern is saved to an external drive to look up when needed. Saves me a lot of paper and ink.

Judy Harris
Judy Harris

December 27, 2016

Just have to like to sew. Always press everything. But designing is just really putting your creativity to work. Always have fun.

Nancy Horn
Nancy Horn

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to trace collar pieces and sew on the traced line before cutting out the collar. Easier to sew small seams that way.

Sue
Sue

December 27, 2016

My favourite sewing tip / trick is don’t skimp on the needles. Using a new needle is an inexpensive way to get a neat seam.

Connie lytle
Connie lytle

December 27, 2016

If at first you don’t succeed….try again!!!!!!best sewing tip ever

Ellen
Ellen

December 27, 2016

I often hand baste difficult spots and then finish them on the machine. Seems to make less ripping out for me.

Jacquelyn M Lehmkuhl
Jacquelyn M Lehmkuhl

December 27, 2016

And this is an important one…Wait to sew until your cat is napping!!!!! Then you won’t have to keep removing him/her from laying on your fabric!

ladydoc
ladydoc

December 27, 2016

My favorite tip is to recycle – buttons, zippers. etc. Old Jeans, T-shits and polo shirts can be used to make great doll clothes

Cathy C
Cathy C

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to sew whenever you want and not worry about anything else. Sewing and designing is very therapeutic and relaxing.

Sherry
Sherry

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to set up the ironing board and iron first. Then I make sure I have all the materials Ad tools I may need for the project.

Sandie Rosenthal
Sandie Rosenthal

December 27, 2016

“My favorite sewing tip or trick is to line all my materials up with corresponding patterns to see just what I have and what might look best.

Cathy
Cathy

December 27, 2016

When my daughters grow out of a favorite item I use the fabric to make a doll outfit. They are excited to continue to see their favorite and I save money on fabric!! :)

sue
sue

December 27, 2016

“My favorite sewing tip or trick is to make sure your machine is clean of lent, a new needle and always pressing the sewn seams! Makes my project so much neater!

ps… so enjoy your PixieFaire patterns with all the directions!

Barb M
Barb M

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing trick, other than for construction of the items, is rummage sale and thrift store shopping for small pieces of fabric, bias tape, sewing machine needles, rick-rack, lace, and even thread sometimes. To check old thread, twist the ends of a piece around each pointy finger and pull to break it—if it breaks without much pressure, it’s too old. It needs to tighten up around your fingers to slight discomfort before breaking to be good. All of these things can be found at a fraction of the price you pay in the store and I love recycling and upcycling. It warms my cheap old lady heart! Baby outfits can be cut and used for the decorative parts that aren’t easy to create at home and expensive fabrics such as fun fur, synthetic suede, and dressy fabrics can be found in all sizes of clothing. Well used jeans yield the soft denim you need for doll jeans to drape naturally. Regarding my sewing machine—I have hardwood floors and use a piece of the vinyl net type shelf liner to keep my foot pedal from slipping away constantly.

Carol Jones Barreau
Carol Jones Barreau

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is that when I get a doll pattern, I transfer all the pattern pieces to thin felt, so I don’t have to use the tissue patterns. The pieces last many times when I cut the material out.

Grace
Grace

December 27, 2016

I’ve read all the previous tips and they are great and I’ve followed many of them for years, but one thing I didn’t see is recycling buttons and zippers from worn clothes that are going to be thrown out. I’ve often found the perfect button for a project in my button box.

Le Slater
Le Slater

December 27, 2016

I don’t really have a favorite tip or trick. In making shoes I found that using a Rubbermaid shelf liner (like you would use on kitchen shelves) works great as the soles of my feet :).

Mary
Mary

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to press all seams and put a lining in the top of the dress. You will have a professional looking job.

Letische Aktel
Letische Aktel

December 27, 2016

“My favorite sewing tip or trick is I don’t need a serger. I sew my stitch then trim and zig zag over the baste stitching and edge to seal it. Also I use chop sticks to inside out straps or to get corners out

Mary
Mary

December 27, 2016

My favorite sewing tip is to allow my granddaughters to pick what they want me to make for their dolls. They love looking thru fabric and patterns.

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