Fancy a bit of advice or inspiration to get you started? Here's my guide to where to start depending on your sewing level. Dolly has been specially designed with beginners and pro's in mind and welcomes all abilities to our fun community! Sheryl xxoo
First things first - begin with Dolly!
So you'll need to make her first.
There's 2 ways to do this -
1 - If you're uncertain about fabrics and just want to get on with the job safe in the knowledge you've got all you will need in the way of fabrics and notions then the Complete Dolly Making Kit is perfect for you!
A refill pack is also available if you need more of the same supplies to make a 2nd, third or fourth doll.
2 - A pattern only version to make Dolly. You can opt to download and print the pattern at home, or buy a printed version which we will post to you.
Both routes are backed by our amazingly well thought out educational video vault. Each stage of the instructions corresponds to a short video where you can see me doing the step and follow along in easy, bite sized chunks.
The next thing you'll want to decide is which costume, clothing or outfit pattern you'd like to have a go at.
Here's my recommendations that make a brilliant first make:
1940's Style Wrap Dress Pattern.
This easy to sew 4 piece pattern will build confidence by keeping things simple! With just one fat quarter of cotton fabric you'll learn how to make a pleat, make a hem and join a basic garment together.
A great place to start for maximum gratification in minimal time - the simple bikini top does not need hemming as it is made in felt and can even be sewn by hand if you wish.
An all time classic! The contrast panels to the arms and legs, an elasticated waistband and buttonholes featured in this pattern are great for introducing variety into your sewing skills and testing accuracy without being a bore!
Dealing with small gathers and sheer fabrics, knits and bias make for a good, fun make with big impact. Loved by all, the Fairy has been a firm favourite since day one. Make her in any colour you like!
Advanced Sewist/Dolly Ninja.
One of my favourites, this pattern features a long dress with contrast panels, a faux collar, a button and loop fastening to the back and a bit of bias binding. The bolero cardigan will have you experimenting with sweatshirt knit in a really easy and simple way for those wishing to develop their skills in a supportive environment.