Sewing doll clothes in 30 minutes sounds too good to be true, but when Joan Hinds proposed the idea of 30-Minute Doll Clothes for a Sewing With Nancy program, my interest piqued. I asked if the pieces could truly be made in just 30-minutes instead of several sewing sessions. Her answer—absolutely!
I gave Joan the go-ahead to submit ideas centering on sewing for the popular 18″ dolls. She sent me sketches and photos. The difficult part was to narrow down the selections for a two-part TV series! Watch the 30-Minute Doll Clothes video.
Birthday Party Trio
The Birthday Party Trio is a double skirt, camisole, and leggings combo. It’s a mix and match ensemble that is a breeze to create. In the 30-Minute Doll Clothes DVD and book and on the TV show you’ll see how flat-construction tips streamline the process.
Dig through your fabric scrap box and search for a pretty little print. With just a few straight seams and 30 minutes of time, you’ll be able to create a skirt. Spend another half-hour of time and stitch a top. The result is a pretty and perky combo.
Your favorite little girl can have an extensive doll wardrobe using Joan’s simple patterns and speedy sewing tips. This sundress, the Speedy Sundress to be exact, is so quick to sew that you could create two dresses in just about the same time as sewing one of them. Simplified techniques make it possible.
Joan stitched an updated version of her sundress since recording the TV show. Here are her hints:
- Simply cut 2″ off the bottom edge of the original pattern. A band of two fabrics gives the dress more interest, while keeping the stitching time within 30 minutes.
- Cut the top band 1-1/4″ wide and fold it in half lengthwise.
- Place it over the bottom band, which is 2-1/2″ wide. Match the raw edges.
This doll is set to attend an afternoon tea party. Bolero jacket and dress—a perfect combo—like tea and cookies, will delight any little girl.
Our next doll is ready to go shopping. The knit shirt, top, and skirt ensemble is the perfect outfit for a doll to wear during an imaginative Meet Me at the Mall outing.
You’ll find all the instructions and patterns for these clothes and more in the book, 30-Minute Doll Clothes.
Watch 30-Minute Doll Clothes on Sewing With Nancy online.
Where Are They Now?
If you’re a long-time Sewing With Nancy viewer, you may remember my earlier doll clothes program, Girls ‘n Dolls, circa 2002.
The cute little girls featured on the cover of the book are now lovely young women. Instead of playing dolls, Morgan (left) and Caitlyn (right) are playing cards and talking about their future/current college days. Morgan is wearing the knit skirt from my Monterey Knit Collection Pattern and Caitlyn is wearing the knit top from the same pattern. Thank you Morgan and Caitlyn!
The random winner of a M7152 Knit Dress Pattern from The McCall Pattern Company is Becky M. Be sure to join the Sew Along.
Bye for now,