Dolls’ Clothes

These are expensive to buy. Inch for inch they cost more than garments bought for children or adults. Making dolls’ clothes is easy if the basic shape is kept simple and the interest is added by sewing on pretty buttons, lace or other trimmings. As for dres-sing-up clothes, dolls’ clothes should be washable, easy to rut on, have huge openings and fairly large fastenings cither concealed or made to be a feature of the garment. Stretch fabrics usually wear well and fit well. Outgrown tee-shirts are ideal to cut up for dolls’ wear. Knitting is another easy way to produce a dolls’ garment but again a man-made yarn is better than wool. It will wash and dry more quickly without shrinking. There are plenty of patterns to buy for dolls’ clothes but it is easy enough to manage without. Since dolls are always wider round the middle than they look this is a point to watch but by wrapping a piece of fabric round the doil and pinning where the seams should be -then removing the pinned fabric to make sure it comes off easily – one should avoid the mistake of making things too tight. Raglan-sleeved top clothes or a magyar sleeve for nightdresses, blouses and dresses are easier both to make and put on and are less fiddly to iron. Every doll needs vests and pants and these can be made from the best parts of children’s old underclothes. The children who have mothers or grannies who make their clothes will enjoy having dolls’ clothes to match their own. This applies to boys as well as girls even if it is teddy who gets the wardrobe rather than a doll. The two-year-old who could not manage to put a dress on a doll might manage to thrust a poncho, a simple elastic-topped skirt or a cape with Velcro fastening on a medium-sized doll.