|Lyrajean's Unoa Sist. Her dress was made from either a sock or a sweater.|
Yesterday I went through my fabrics looking for a likely candidate. Lyrajean recommended fabric with 4-way stretch, so I quickly eliminated any knit with stretch in only two directions. Turns out that accounts for most of my knits. I did find a few 4-way knits and decided to use a tiny pink leopard print that I haven't used before.
The print was small enough to warrant using it on a smaller doll. In addition, I figured that I would waste less fabric by making a small dress in case I didn't succeed. Part of me wanted to try it with a MiniFee, but in the end I settled on Chibi Lilin because a) she hasn't had a new dress in a long time and b) it's hard to find things that fit her.
Lyrajean was right about one thing. The sewing itself was quick. The neckline looked like it was going to be too tight, so I cut a larger opening. I sewed the neckline by hand because guiding my sewing machine around the curve would have been too difficult. Thank goodness the fabric showed no signs of fraying, so I didn't finish the seams in any way. Piece of cake. Now to try it on Lilin.
Obviously her faceplate would have to come off in order to get the dress over her head. After that, progress ground to a halt. The dress reminded me of the girdles my mother used to wear: very stretchy and extremely tight. Oh-oh. Was this thing going to fit? I practically had to dislocate her arms to get them through the dress and into the sleeves. Once there, the rest of the dress came down over her bust and hips, where it fit like a glove. A very snug glove.
I toyed with the idea of embellishing the dress with decorative buttons, but only briefly. I didn't want anything hard attached to the dress in case the dress proved more difficult to get off than it was to get on. No sense scratching the resin. So I left it plain.
So today I tried the pink top on Lilin, right over the dress. The sleeves were voluminous, but not too long. Looking at the gaping neckline, I suddenly saw how to finish it. Threading a narrow ribbon through a needle with a large eye, I wove it in and out of the neckline, leaving the two ends trailing in front. All I had to do was pull on the ribbon and tie it in a bow.