Have you seen See Kate Sew’s line of cut-and-sew dolls and coordinating fabric? Because if you haven’t, you need to. It’s adorable.
Released by Riley Blake, the fabrics are quality cotton wovens and so fun and easy to sew.
I let Ivy choose the dolls she wanted me to sew for her. She chose the “pink” set. Each set is printed on a panel. The panels have the bodies of both a girl and boy doll, their arms, an ice cream cone, bows, and a rectangle of print to sew up a skirt for a doll.
Then, there are also coordinating prints with polka dots in various colorways and even waffle print, so you can sew up all kinds of items, like this skirt I made for Ivy.
It’s all just a lot of fun. And just in time for holiday gift-sewing. You can whip up a whole slew of these dolls in no time.
I don’t seem to know how to leave well enough alone, so I added some extra details to Ivy’s dolls.
First, I layered the doll panel with quilt batting, pinning everything in place. Then I added hair details by sewing lines on the front and back head panels.
I went over the printed stitching on the boy’s pants with real stitching. I also layered some of the coordinating print behind the pockets, and cut the pockets to be functional. I used FrayCheck to ensure that the raw edges don’t fray. He also has a real button on the front, sewn directly over the printed button.
I added stitching to the boy’s socks for some interest. I used embroidery floss to make real laces on his sneakers.
And I cut leather “shoes”, using those printed on the doll as a template, for the girl.
The girl also got embroidered lips and some stitching at the cheeks. Oh! And a decorative-stitch neckline.
I added snaps to the hands, so that the dolls could “interact” (and the girl got a little bracelet, too)
And then there is a snap on the ice cream cone so it can be held in place, as well.
The end result is a pair of super cute dolls that are as fun to play with as they are adorable to look at.
And they were so very quick and easy to sew. My “extras” took far more time than the actual doll sewing. We’re talking just a few minutes of sewing for the dolls themselves.
So quick and easy, I had time to whip up a fun coordinating skirt.
I used the “Fruit Garden” Skirt from 6/2016 issue of Ottobre (pattern #18).
Instead of the patterned underskirt, I used some fun tulle skirting I stumbled across in the Red Tag section at Jo-Ann. It has a plastic boning through the finished hem, giving the underskirt a fun wave and great dimension. And it made the skirt even a faster sew, since I didn’t have to do any hemming myself!
And what four year old wouldn’t want to coordinate outfits with their toys?!
I was given the Doll Fabrics in exchange for an Instagram Post. But both Ivy and I had so much fun with the dolls and the skirt, that I decided to do a blog post, too!
Special thanks to my good friend, Camilla, for letting me crash her kitchen for the photoshoot. That’s what she gets for having such great décor and lighting!