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[identity profile] reynardine.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] the_sorrows
This dress came with a lot of doll clothes that I bought last summer. It was handmade and rather poorly sewn. There was a partly open seam on the bodice and the skirt was gathered unevenly. But I figured these things could be easy enough to fix.

This is what the dress originally looked like.

Here was the exposed seam in the bodice.

The skirt was gathered on very unevenly. It really stood out.

Also, it was obvious that whoever sewed it did not press while sewing, as the neckline was not smooth. Only the hem and the bodice/skirt seam were finished. (I realize that with doll clothes, finished seams are not essential since they are not subject to the wear and tear of ordinary clothes, but unfinished seams just look sloppy. It's a pet peeve of mine.)

So I took the dress apart.

And put it back together again. (Sorry, no pics during the process. I don't have a second set of hands to hold the camera while I'm sewing, LOL!)

All the seams are finished now. I used bias tape on the edge of the bodice since I don't have a serger. French seams on the rest. (The serged area by the hem was already there.)

Chiharu seems pleased, but would like a bonnet as well. Sorry, I don't have any lace sitting around!

The finished product, with boots and a pair of bloomers from another dress.

I'm still not happy with the sleeves, but after ripping and resetting them three times, I decided to just leave it. Obviously, I need more practice with inset sleeves! At least the skirt is finally gathered evenly--I did a simple gather, half on each side, and made sure it was evenly distributed. Pleats might have looked better, but the original skirt just didn't have enough material in it. I'm rather meh about how the lace was on the edge of the sleeves, but because of the way it was sewn on, I could not rip it out without damaging it too badly to reuse, so I just left it.

I also need to practice more with invisible hem stitches. There was a bit of a challenge with finishing the seams because they were so small, but it's not so bad when done by hand. Part of me would like to get a serger, but I can't see that I'd use it enough to justify the cost. Unless I found a good-quality used serger inexpensively, it's just not worth it.


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This is a little blog about my Asian ball-jointed doll collection. Many pictures, some doll stories, sewing attempts, and modding adventures.

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