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Patty Young has a new MODKID Summer Fun book and pattern pack out, full of accessories and outfits for 18″ dolls. You likely know Patty through her fabric collections with Michael Miller, cute clothing patterns or the super-handy and popular Sewing MODKID Style: Modern Threads for the Cool Girl.

The new MODKID Summer Fun includes a pack of full-size patterns. Patty will help you get your favorite doll ready for the best summer ever!

From the publisher:

Best-selling author Patty Young, of ever-popular MODKID®, debuts her newest collection of vacation outfits and accessories for 18” dolls in MODKID® Summer Fun. Featuring fashionable details like ruching, gusseted pockets, and gathers, the full-size patterns come in a handy pattern pack format, including an easy-to-follow instruction booklet. From a swimsuit and cover-up to a sleeping bag and beach tote, these miniature designs are simple to make and stylish to boot!

Patty has some great tips and tricks for sewing doll clothes below, and she’s also offering a giveaway copy of the book and pattern pack. (US residents receive a printed copy, non-US residents receive a digital copy.) Your comment below enters you to win a copy! Tell us about doll clothes… Did your mother or grandmother sew clothes for a special doll in your childhood? Do you have doll clothes sewing adventures or memories to share? Is there someone with a favorite 18″ doll in your life who needs a new summer wardrobe?

Additional stops on the MODKID Summer Fun tour, where you can see lots of the patterns all sewn up and modeled!:
4/1: Fabric Bliss
4/2: The Scientific Seamstress
4/3: Sew Sweetness
4/4: Generation Q
4/5: Pattern Revolution
4/7: Laura Kelly Designs + Doll Diaries
4/8: American Patchwork & Quilting
4/10: Sew Pretty Dresses
4/11: Patty Young/MODKID

Tips and Tricks for Sewing Doll Clothes by MODKID

  • Bear in mind that sometimes doll garment’s construction techniques vary from the full-size garments and a detail may be omitted to make it easier to sew in the smaller scale.
  • It is important to follow the order of construction because we’ll often hem the sleeves or pants before we close the seam; it’s easier to tackle small hems while we’ve still got the pieces flat!
  • Seam allowances for doll clothes are almost always ¼”, which is different than the ½” seam allowance we generally use for kids clothes.
  • Hook & loop tape (Velcro®) is most commonly used as closures in doll clothes for ease of construction. It also allows children to easily dress their dolls themselves.
  • You’ll find that by using a slow speed and a short stitch length, the small curves on the doll clothes will be easier to sew and smoother at the end.
  • We recommend using a serger or zig zag stitch to finish seams because we’re sure your doll will be dressed and undressed often!
  • You will have a much easier time sewing if you choose light-weight fabrics for your doll garments. For instance, if you want to make the Cargo shorts out of corduroy, choose a babywale cord as opposed to the thicker options.
  • It is generally a good idea to use small scale prints for your doll pieces. If you do find a larger scale print that you like, try fussy cutting it (like we did for our T-Shirt sample).