I know that this fabric may not be everybody first choice for dressing a soft toy but it has worked perfectly. It is a very forgiving fabric and was easy to use even making the bodice of the dress, which was a little fiddly. The 'give' in the fabric meant turning the hem was a doddle.
First I had to make the cat so I could dress her. She started life as a teddy bear from an old book, altered to make her taller so I could make her skirt as long as possible.
To make sure the legs were the correct length I pinned and sewed the pattern pieces together before cutting them out.
I cut a meter length of a similar type of fabric to do a trial run. I wanted an eight gore double circular skirt to get the "NEW LOOK" style. While doing the trial fitting I saw that a double row of buttons would look pretty on the bodice.
I found a ruler that was a perfect length for the skirt and made a quarter circle pattern which I cut out eight times. To make the bodice pattern I adapted the bear that I had used for my cat.
Double circle laid out so the fabric pattern can be matched (as well as possible). I lined the bodice, I find that with full heavy skirts this gives strength to the garment and stops any fraying.
I sewed flat seams on all but on of the seams of the skirt, the last one I made a narrow hem so there was room for the tail.
|waiting for a new dress|
The hardest part was choosing which fabric to send for.
Petticoat on and dress ready to go, just a few finishing touches. A bow to go in front of the ear, a bead necklace and some fish ( fish shown were made as a bag charm). A few shakes to fluff out the petticoat, a few tweaks to the skirt and she's ready to go.
|a summer dress for a spring day|