Make believe play with 18″ dolls dressed in costumes is a great way to foster a child’s imagination! What child hasn’t envisioned being a princess, super hero, or even a mermaid? Joan Hinds, doll clothes designer and author of Doll Costume Dress Up, which includes 20 patterns, is my guest for this new two-part Sewing With Nancy series.

Lilac Fairy or a Ballerina Costume

Fanciful costumes are easily made with small pieces of fabric and trim, yielding creative results. The Lilac Fairy is our first doll dress-up idea. A combination of netting, stretchy knit, and a little time will result in a costume made to spark imagination. Learn how to add elastic in small spaces and even stitch over wire!


Doll Costume Dress Up book, Learn to sew doll costumes. Sewing With Nancy Zieman



 Once you know a few sewing basics, a Ballerina could be your next doll costume!

Doll Costume Dress Up. HOw to sew doll clothes and costumes. As seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



Cinderella, Bride, or Southern Belle Doll Costumes

Be the fairy godmother for your little girls’ doll when you create one of these lavish gowns. Satin fabric with sequins and rhinestones add the glam, you add the magic! The sewing steps for these three dresses are very similar. with flat construction for ease of sewing and playing. Which one will you choose?


Doll Costume Dress Up. How to sew doll clothes and costumes. As seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman




Doll Costume Dress Up. How to sew doll clothes and costumes. As seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman




Doll Costume Dress Up. How to sew doll clothes and costumes. As seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



Mermaid Doll Costume

Your little girl’s doll will look swimmingly in Joan’s Mermaid Costume. Sequin fabric, glittery and pompom trims, plus clever patterns make short work of this imaginative costume. I can’t wait for you to see how to sew the fish tail! Blog Exclusive: Sew a matching mermaid tail for your child. You’ll find the free pattern in my October 10 Blog Posting.


Doll Costume Dress Up. How to sew doll clothes and costumes. As seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



Watch Doll Costume Dress Up, Part One on Sewing With Nancy online.

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For a chance to win a copy of the book, Doll Costume Dress Up from F+W Media, please leave a comment below. Tell me which costume you’d make and why. This clearly illustrated book, Doll Costume Dress Up, includes 20 patterns designed by author Joan Hinds.

Doll Costume Dress Up. How to sew doll clothes and costumes. As seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The random winner of a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge from Clover is Linda Spurger. She said: I love the star of hope. I have made it as a friendship quilt, having the star points signed by friends of the recipient of the quilt. However, I have never seen the Card Trick, and I LOVE it. I think I may just have to try it for my next quilt. Thanks for sharing all of your expertise with us.

Learn what this easy-to-use quilting notion can create by reviewing the last two weeks blog posts titled: Easily Sew 1/2-Square Triangles and Sew Accurate 1/4-Square Triangles.


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