In Part Two we go a bit deeper as we look at Sewing With Striped Fabrics. In this post we will talk about how-to determine the proper scale of the stripe, how-to cut out the pattern pieces so the stripes are aligned, and how-to sew the seam so the stripes stay lined up perfectly!
First let's take a look at how-to determine the proper scale of the striped fabric. There are two things to consider when choosing the stripe. The scale of the doll as well as the scale of the stripe pattern or repeat.
Follow along in this video to see how I determine the appropriate scale:
To sum things up, I recommend using the dolls fingers to determine the scale. Compare the scale of your own finger (or check out these examples on my Pinterest board) to a stripe and scale that down to the dolls finger and the choice of striped fabric.
Some striped fabrics can work for a variety of doll sizes. Usually that would be a very narrow stripe, less than 1/4-inch for a single stripe. If the stripe pattern has a repeat, then you might just use one section for a smaller doll, like a Barbie, but use a repeating pattern for a larger doll, like American Girl.
The pattern showcased in this first video are listed here in order of appearance:
UK Holiday (3/4 Sleeve Top Variation), First Impressions, V-neck Tee, AGAT & Barbie T-shirts, Ruffle Jacket, Siblies T-shirt, Slouch Cardigan and Tee, More tees, UK Holiday Top (Original), Polo Shirt, Playsuit Skirt (pattern hack), Culotte Jumpsuits (on dolls), Pink Stripe Swim Cover-up (pattern hack), Hoodie Dress, Long Winter Coat, Sandy Lane Maxi Dress, Union Suit, Drawstring Pants (hack of Shorts pattern), Bib Front Regency Dresses, Versatility Dress, Aloha Vintage Swimsuit, Trendy Maxi Skirt (shortened a bit), Swimsuit Variations, Genoa Jumper with Blue Striped Tee, Silver Screen Wrap Top.
You can find all of them in this Pixie Faire Pattern Collection: Sewing With Stripes!
Now that you've got a fabric in mind, lets talk about how to place the pattern pieces and cut them out so things line up perfectly. You have several choices when placing your pattern pieces.
Follow along in the video below as I demonstrate these things:
Pattern Notes: In the video I've use the UK Holiday Top to demonstrate. The pattern is currently available for a variety of doll sizes- American Girl, BFC Ink, Journey Girls, Ellowyne Wilde, WellieWishers, Les Cheries/ H4H, and Barbie. It is also being updated to include the empire waist dress and 3/4 length sleeve top versions shown in the videos and demonstrated in the Sewing With Elastic course. When the update goes out, if you've previously bought it, you'll get a notification to download the new version.
We also have two new sizes coming out as well! The Ruby Red Fashion Friends and Little Darling UK Holiday Top patterns will be available this month too!
General Tips For Sewing Matching Stripes in the Seamline:
Stay Tuned! Next week we go even further with stripes! Donna is joining us with a look at the symmetry of stripes, balanced vs. unbalanced stripe patterns, keeping things on grain, and placing accent pieces like pockets.