Preview of this week’s NEW sewing project: a hooded raincoat for 14-inch or 15-inch #dolls

This image shows a Hearts for Hearts (H4H or Hearts4Hearts) girl (doll) wearing a hand-made raincoat with a hood. The raincoat uses piping along the front placket, the opening for the hood, and the sleeves. The front placket offers a double-breasted looks, although it's actually sealed with Velcro. The topstitching on the front placket has pairs of tiny pink buttons running down the front of the coat. Inside the hood, we see a peek of pink cotton fabric with a London-themed print, which was used to line the coat with cotton lining. This hooded rain coat is made of Polyester, which gives it a plastic-like sheen and the doll's eyes shine brightly out from under the hood of her coat. The watermark says, "ChellyWood.com" and suggests that the website has free printable patterns and tutorials.
Visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

In the image above, my Hearts4Hearts Girl, my Consuelo doll, is modeling an adorable hooded raincoat. As we kick off the rainy fall season here in the northern hemisphere, I think this project is perfect for a back-to-school “look” for doll clothes fashions.

It has been a while since I gave you a very advanced project to sew, but this week’s hooded raincoat project’s free printable sewing pattern (which will be posted as a PDF on Wednesday this week) gets five stars on my difficulty scale, which means it’s going to be a tricky item to make.

In addition to the fact that it has a lining and hood–both features which can be challenging for those of you new to sewing–this project also uses a gusset and piping.

Make note of the light grey trim that goes around the hood in the image below. That’s called “piping,” and it can be challenging to add to a garment if you’re not familiar with this type of trim.

The image shows a 15-inch doll wearing a hand-made rain coat. The website where this image comes from offers free printable sewing patterns for 15-inch doll clothes. The website is called ChellyWood.com
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

I’ve added links to how-to videos on both piping and gussets on my Helpful Tips and FAQ’s page. You might go check those out, if you want to brush up on your advanced sewing skills.

The pretty pink fabric that I’m using for the lining has a map-of-London pattern. It’s an adorable cotton fabric! In case you’re wondering, I bought it at Hobby Lobby. Here’s a link to that super-cute London fabric, which you can buy online.

The grey fabric looks shimmery, like a slick raincoat, but it’s really just grey polyester.

The image shows a 14-inch doll wearing a rain coat with hood. The free printable patterns for sewing this rain coat are found at ChellyWood.com
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

Now as I’ve said, this is a five-flower (advanced) sewing project, but if you want to make it a little less tricky, substitute the polyester fabric for cotton. It’s much less slippery to work with.

The buttons on the front of my doll’s raincoat are 6 mm pink pastel buttons. You can buy buttons like this at craft stores or on Etsy. Here’s a link to miniature button ads on Etsy, for your convenience.

Here we see Consuelo, one of the Hearts4Hearts Girls dolls wearing a handmade raincoat with hood. Free patterns for making this raincoat sewing project can be downloaded as a PDF pattern at ChellyWood.com
Visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

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