30-minute Doll Clothes Nancy Zieman Joan Hinds



Joan Hinds, the designer of  30-Minute Doll Clothes Book and my guest on the Sewing With Nancy TV show by the same name, collaborated with me on the ideas on the final stop of this blog tour. We used the sewing pattern pieces from the book that create the “Tea Time” outfit. The fabric, Dress Up Days from Riley Blake Designs, was the inspiration for the simple, eye-catching update. Details make all the difference—even in doll clothes!

A Close-up Look at a Few of the Sewing Steps

  • There are only three actual pattern pieces, plus dimensions given in the book for the skirt and shoulder straps. The bolero jacket is lined. Don’t be fooled by the word lining, there is an exposed seam on the inside. This isn’t couture sewing.

30-minute Doll Clothes Nancy Zieman Joan Hinds

  • The front and back top are included in one piece. Clever!


30-minute Doll Clothes Nancy Zieman Joan Hinds



  • Above you can see the straps. Easily turn them with the Fasturn, it’s one of my go-to notions.


30-minute Doll Clothes Nancy Zieman Joan Hinds




30-Minute Doll Clothes Nancy Zieman Joan Hinds



  • Joan’s favorite closure is Velcro. Little fingers can easily work with this kid-friendly closure.


30-Minute Doll Clothes Nancy Zieman Joan Hinds



  • The instructions in the 30-Minute Doll Clothes book detail how to line the little jacket. It’s simple, otherwise it wouldn’t be in this book.
  • The step that was inspired by the fabric was the addition of a triple zigzag stitch as trim. I really like the orange thread color!


30-Minute Doll Clothes Nancy Zieman Joan Hinds



  • In an hour of time—30 minutes give or take for each piece—you can make your own doll clothes creations.

Blog Tour Stops

Thank you to each of the bloggers listed below for joining the Blog Tour. I learned a lot and really enjoyed seeing everyone’s creations. How about you? If you missed a posting, click below for additional insights. 

Nancy Zieman 30-minute Doll Clothes Blog Tour

July 10     Nancy Zieman             nancyzieman.com/blog

July 11     Jina Barney                   jinabarneydesignz.blogspot.com

July 12     Eileen Roche                 dzgns.com/blog

July 13     Heather Valentine     thesewingloftblog.com

July 14     Shari Butler                  doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog

July 16     Lori Holt                        beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com

July 17     Amy Barickman          indygojunction.com/blog

July 18     The Long Ladies         mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com

July 19     Ingrid Pinto                   freddiesfriendsblog.blogspot.com

July 20     Paige Hill                          rileyblakedesigns.com/blog

July 21      Joan Hinds & Nancy Zieman          nancyzieman.com/blog


Nancy Zieman's Blog GIVEAWAY



It’s your last opportunity to become eligible for the 30-Minute Doll Clothes Blog Tour prizes. Fun prizes will be awarded to random readers at the close of the blog tour. To be eligible for the following prizes, post a comment at the bottom of my July 10 blog tour posting. Winners will be posted on Tuesday, July 24th.

30 Minute Doll Clothes Blog Tour

Again, thank you to Nancy’s Notions for sponsoring the 30-Minute Doll Clothes Blog Tour!

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