Any new hobby needs practice. Here are a few things I've learned so far:
- Just because you buy a pattern does not mean it will include clear directions. I found a seller on Ebay with her own line (I assume) of patterns. All the pieces and instructions are included, but I can't tell which way is top/bottom or front/back on the pattern pieces!
- Plan on hand sewing. You have to be exact, and many things I'd usually do on my machine just are too small. (Your stitches do get more even with practice.)
- Don't plan on using the serger (as much). I love finished seams, but I do not have as good of control of it as I do the sewing machine. Plus, the seams get bulky.
- Use natural fabrics. Silk and cotton are the only materials I've been able to use to make a dress that hangs naturally on a doll. I'm sure there are tricks for other synthetics, but I haven't found them yet. And I still haven't found a good lining.
- Plan to make practice pieces. And, oh yes, don't use your silk fabric for these.
- Quilting pins are much too big for dolls.
- Normal size buttons and trims are also too big for dolls.
- Practice, practice, practice! I'm banking on the hope that I will get better with practice. I spent several hours crafting today and my doll is still naked. Ack!