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Today’s tutorial video comes with a free, printable PDF sewing pattern for making a nostalgic looking pair of 1950’s style fashion doll gloves, so all your vintage dolls can wear gloves with their “Sunday best” dresses!
Some of you have sent me requests for elbow-length gloves as well, so today’s free PDF sewing pattern includes both a small mitten and a longer glove pattern. The sewing directions (found in the video at the top of this page) are pretty much the same, no matter which size glove you’re making.
To sew the white “Sunday best” gloves, I recommend using lightweight, thin jersey fabric (lighter than typical T-shirt material). It’s also possible to sew very fine, very narrow lace to the edge of the “Sunday best” gloves (near the wrist), adding a touch of daintiness to the project.
If you would rather make mittens instead of gloves, I recommend using lightweight flannel for your project.
In the video, I mention miniature irons, which are perfect for making tiny items like doll mittens. I use a Petite Press Dritz mini iron for all my teeny-tiny doll accessories sewing needs.
The pink mini iron you see in the video is a Mini Heat Press for iron-on transfers, but it doesn’t get very hot. I actually bought it when my daughters were learning to sew, but I don’t recommend it for the serious doll clothes sewists out there. It’s fine for kids though.
I only use the Mini Heat Press in my videos because it’s pretty to look at, but the Petite Press Dritz mini iron has more than one setting and is a far better choice for tiny sewing projects like these mittens or gloves.
In today’s video, I also mention the tiny “snipping” scissors that I often use for clipping seams. I use the Fiskars Recycled Micro-tip Fabric Scissors, and I bought mine at JoAnn’s in a pair with the bigger sewing scissors. But I’ve provided you with a link there, to just the tiny ones.
These Fiskars Micro-tip Fabric Scissors are perfect for cutting seams. It’s funny because my mother-in-law used to see me cutting seams with regular sewing scissors, and she’d say, “Why don’t you get yourself a pair of snippers?” She was so right! I should have bought them a LONG time ago–especially since I work with such tiny seams!
Today’s patterns will fit these dolls:
- Ideal vintage Tammy dolls
- Ideal Tammy’s Mom dolls
- Ideal Misty dolls
- Ideal Samantha dolls
- vintage 12″ Sindy dolls
- vintage Barbie dolls
- 12 inch Tall Barbie dolls
Here are your free, printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for a fashion doll 1950’s style dress with gloves or mittens (I’ll post the dress tutorial video next week)
- Tutorial video showing how to make the gloves or mittens (shown at the top of the page)
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to do a backstitch
- How to use a needle threader
- How to do a basic straight stitch
- How to choose fabric
- How to tie a knot using a needle and thread
- How to press seams open, using a hot iron
Next week I’ll post the tutorial video for making the “Sunday best” dress shown in the image above.
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Disclaimer/Credit/Affiliate Marketing Link:
To honor the trademark rights of the doll companies mentioned in this blog post, I am including links to their websites here. Please feel free to visit their website and consider purchasing one or more of the dolls mentioned.
Sindy dolls were originally created by Pedigree Dolls & Toys, but they have been made by other manufacturers including Hasbro, Vivid Imaginations, and New Moon. Currently (at the time of this blog post) a limited number of the newest version of these dolls is being manufactured by Kid Kreations of Staffordshire, England. I haven’t tried my doll clothes on this newer version, but sewists have told me my Tammy doll patterns do fit the vintage Sindy dolls created by Pedigree Dolls & Toys. Please visit one of these toy companies’ websites to learn more about the toys they produce.
Ideal Toy Company owned the registered trademark for the entire Tammy family of dolls, but that company is no longer in business. I’m including links to the Wikipedia pages on these topics for anyone who would like to research these dolls.
Vintage Barbie dolls are products that were once offered by Mattel, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). They can sometimes be purchased from Mattel as reproductions. Please visit the Mattel Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Liv dolls were products designed and distributed by the Spin Master company, which still makes dolls and toys today (although the Liv dolls are no longer in production at the time of this blog post). The Spin Master company held the trademark for the Liv Dolls (™). Please visit the Spin Master Toys and Games website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys and games. Please be aware that the Chelly Wood animated doll is a Spin Master Liv doll that has been re-painted and had its wig colored to appear to look like the real doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood. This was done as a creative project by Chelly’s daughters, and the Spin Master Toys and Games company was not involved in the doll’s makeover in any way.