Soft and Swingy or Sturdy and Solid
As a child, I would not wear a skirt without it swished around my legs when I twirled. Nothing A-line or form-fitting for me! I wore cotton t-shirts, but preferred silk because I loved how it felt against my skin. My favorite colors were teal and purple and for several years, my wardrobe reflected my preferences. Now that I'm an adult, I still prefer my skirts to swish and my clothes to be silky and lightweight, but I have learned that some colors look better on me than others. Use similar considerations when sewing doll clothes. Keep in mind the color palette, fabric weight and pattern style. Dolly needs a versatile wardrobe in order to do chores around the house, go to work, or out for an evening with friends (and everything in between).
When selecting the fabric, know the pattern and the style of the outfit. Choose fabric with colors and patterns that complement each other and Dolly. Remember that each outfit is small so a large polka dot may be a bit too much, while a smaller, simpler dot pattern is the right compromise. Keep busy fabric in check by using it as a bodice with a simple skirt or as a vest over a plain colored shirt. Match the colors of fabric in the same way and create a beautiful outfit that is pleasing to the eye.
When sewing doll clothes, not just any fabric will do. Because the outfit is smaller in size, use only light weight and non-bulky material and single knits instead of double knits. If you choose to work with fleece, make sure the seams are top-stitched 1/8 "to get rid of excess bulk and ensure it hangs straight. work with a fabric that is a lighter weight, use a stabilizer to help prevent puckering. and frustration! Crease the paper around where you have stitched and easily tear it off.
Now for colors … It is important that your fabrics complement each other, but it is just as important to make sure that the fabrics and colors flatter Dolly as well. The chart below guides you through the "seasons" and give you some tips on what to look for.
Winter: Dolly's skin tone is beige or olive. Her eyes are dark brown or dark blue. Her hair is black, medium brown, or ash blonde. She looks great in a wide range of dark, vivid, or bright colors. Orange and light / medium browns will not compliment her at all, but pure white will be stunning! Black, pure red, and navy will be amazing.
Autumn: Dolly's skin ranges from peach to pale ivory with light freckles. Her eyes are light or warmly dark, ranging from blue to green to brown. Her hair is red, strawberry blonde, chestnut, or golden brown. She will do well in strong colors, but she should stay away from black. Her perfect colors are camel, teal, cinnamon, and any shade of brown. Her palette includes colors that are rich, warm, and golden as well as light and dark tones that can be either muted or vivid.
Summer: Her skin is soft beige, rosy pink, olive or medium brown. Her eyes are light blue, soft hazel, or soft gray. Her hair is blonde or medium brown. Black clothing is not flattering. Soft pastels will suit her best. Mute the darker colors and Dolly will always go out in style.
Spring: Your doll's skin may be ivory peach or dark beige. Her eyes are dark with golden specks or bright. Her hair is strawberry, dark brown with red highlights, golden blonde, brown or deep black. Mix up the medium and light colors with vivid hues. She looks best in corals and salmon but should stay away from pure black or white.
Use the above guidelines and have fun shopping for fabric with the perfect pattern and color made out of the material that will best represent Dolly's outfit. She is sure to be the belle of the ball or the best dressed worker, ready for any occasion.