I don't know what other people are making doll clothes from.
Someone, somewhere, is sewing doll clothes right now and I have no idea where they find that perfect fabric. Whatever they use, it's always so perfectly in scale. Me, I have a bag of fabric scraps and a box of lace trims and ribbon. Everywhere I go, I keep an eye out for stuff that could work for dolls but still my stash is missing many crucial items that other people seem to find with ease. Stuff like small prints and tiny lace. This is getting really frustrating, so I decided to do a serious check on all the fabric sources in my city before I head to ebay...
On Thursday I combed a market near my house. I was hoping to find baby socks with small patterns. Instead, I got two pairs of women's socks with incredibly thin stripes.
|Black/white and pink/brown|
The fabric is really cheap, coarse and messy, but the stripes are just two knit rows each! That's... almost too small. The thickness of the fabric is rather sweater-y for dolls, but then again - super thin stripes! At a little over a dollar for both, I'd say it's a pretty good bargain.
In the evening I organized my ebay sewing list. I wanted to make sure to only buy what I can't find around here (long story short, I can't use ebay whenever I want).
I grabbed a friend for courage and went to one of the two fabric stores that I know of.
This is yesterday's loot:
I still wanted more stripes, but on thinner fabric, like for quality socks or T-shirts. I found my stripes on a pair of knickers. I got grey ones. All my way home I regretted not buying the red. I cheered up a little when one of the other items revealed a pleasant surprise...
At the store, I browsed through a mountain of lace swatches. The best stuff, of course, was sold out, and the sales ladies had no idea when it would be restocked. I wanted some lace similar to the crimson one above, but thinner, and they didn't have any good colours :( Aside from that I looked for soft lace with small details that could be cut out for cuffs and bodice appliques. The closest thing to this that was still in stock was a layered gathered lace:
I figured parts of the edges looked usable enough. What I didn't know was that they stitched this baby from perfectly good double sided trims. Seriously, as soon as the stitches came undone (extremely easy), I was left with this:
|In the order they were stacked on top of each other|
Bottom to front:
- a soft net
- a semi-soft lace with a tiny scalloped edge hidden under the seam
- satin ribbon (one can never have too much)
- and my favourite, double sided small lace
Now we can talk lacy cuffs and collars!
The fabric section didn't have what I was looking for. I don't even know what to ask there. I'm completely clueless about the names and properties of fabrics. It doesn't help that our stores often label fabrics with badly transliterated foreign names or enigmatic numbers and descriptions like "for dress". I saw what was definitely fake leather; it read simply: "for suit" -_- Joy...
I found some knit fabric, like for T-shirts (I think it's called jersey?). It will be more reasonable to get it from cheap lingerie though. There was also some pretty striped shiny lining (but lining is terrible to control), soft holographic fabric (pleasant to touch, but not exactly my style), and finally I bought soft net in black and purple. Last time there was only white and I'm glad they have most colours now.
I compared this net with the one I retrieved from the gathered lace:
|Lace on the left, net on the right|
The lace piece is darker, thinner and less stretchy. Both will be very useful.
I concluded that single coloured stiff fabrics, tulle, stretchy net, velvet, leather, ribbons and cotton knits are things I can find here.
I will have to buy these types of fabric online:
- thin cotton for doll shirts. I think "crinkled cotton gauze" is what I need
- some interfacing for leather, it has to be very thin and not iron-on. Any advice?
- more types and colours of lace
Last but not least, I got a pair of socks for myself.
|A small prize for my effort. Shopping drains the life out of me.|
Tell me, what fabrics do you prefer for doll clothes? Where do you buy them?
Love, BlackKitty (^^)~