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When Joan Hinds proposed the idea of 30-Minute Doll Clothes for a Sewing With Nancy program, my interest piqued. I questioned her, asking if the pieces could truly be made in just 30-minutes instead of several sewing sessions. Her answer—absolutely!

nancy zieman and joan hinds 30 minute doll clothesI 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 2-part TV series! Part 1 is this week’s online Sewing With Nancy video feature.

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.

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Pretty and Perky Combo

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.

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Speedy Sundress

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.

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Bonus Project

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.
  • Then, stitch the double band to the lower edge of the dress.
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Tea Time

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.

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Meet Me at the Mall

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.

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Popular Book with Patterns!

You’ll find all the instructions and patterns for these clothes and more in the book, 30-Minute Doll Clothes. You can watch this show online—it’s the featured show this week.

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Watch this episode on your local PBS stationonline, or on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Have you downloaded the app?

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30-Minute Doll Clothes Blog Tour

A while ago we sponsored a blog tour on this topic. Want more sewing for 18″ doll ideas? Check this out!

30-Minutes Doll Clothes Blog Tour

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