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Life Skills

Sew a Party Dress for Your 18-Inch Doll (Intermediate/Advanced)

In this two-day class we will sew a holiday party dress or formal dress for your American Girl doll, or any 18-Inch doll.
Karen Highland
199 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 4 learners
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Class
55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 1 week
10-13
year olds
2-6
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Description

Class Experience

Students will learn the following in this order:
Assemble the pattern. (some pieces have to be taped together, I will show them in the video.)
Cut out the pieces with the grain and on the fold.
Mark the skirt and the front bodice, where they will match up when we attach the skirt.
Sew the shoulder seams, iron the seams open.
Sew the bodice pieces together at the neck and underarms.
Clip the seams and turn the pieces right side out. Press the bodice.
Gather the top of the skirt.
Attach to the bodice with straight pins, sew.
Sew down the inside bodice.
Sew the back seam. Press open.
Press the hem, sew the hem.
Add Velcro closure, or snaps or hook and eye closure.
Add the ribbon at the waist, hand sewing. 
Hand sew embellishments, i.e. flowers, bows, beads, buttons, ribbons, etc.
Hand sew the collar onto the dress.
They will need to cut out the pieces before class, according to the video I send a day or two before. They will most likely have some finishing to do the first day, but they will know what to do. The second day they will probably have some hand sewing to do after the class is over as well. They will know everything they need to know to finish.
 1 file available upon enrollment
* The pdf patterns are in the classroom. Please print them out and have them ready. I often post a video the day before class if I need to explain anything. * Fabric: The dress takes about 1/2 of a yard of fabric in 44 inch width (typical width of fabrics). It is better if it is a woven fabric. (if knit, just make sure your machine sews well on the fabric.) * The shawl/collar of the dress looks very pretty when it is made out of something sheer, like tulle, lace, or a wide strip of lace. You will need a piece of sheer fabric that is 6 inches by 20 inches. If you use lace, it should be 3 inces wide by 20 inches. I used two pieces of lace trim 1.5 inches wide and sewed them together to make 3 inches. * Gloves are optional. You will need a very stretchy fabric with 4-way stretch, 6 inches by 12 inches. I used some stretchy black socks that I never wear, the kind that you wear for business attire. I will make a video showing how to make the gloves. * 14 inches of Ribbon that is 1/2 inch or 5/8 inch wide, for the waist. Extra for bows or ribbon flowers. * You'll need matching thread. * Scissors and pins. A seam ripper is always good to have on hand. * Threaded sewing machine with proper tension and properly sized needle. (more than one is always advisable in case one breaks...it happens) Light weight fabrics will need a size 12 US (80 EU) Medium weight fabrics will need a size 14/90. Heavier weights will need a 16/100. You can get them and any supplies at JoAnn.com if you don't have access to a store, or Amazon, of course. Give two weeks for delivery...mail-order is running pretty slow these days. I've also done curbside pickup with JoAnn's and it is great! * Iron and Ironing board. * For closure: Hook and loop tape or dots (they have self-sticking tape that is easy to use), or hook and eye, or snaps. I don't recomme * A Decorative button to gather the collar in the center front of the dress. * Hand sewing needle. * Ribbons, ribbon flowers, beads, anything to embellish the waist. I'll suggest several options for making other decorative and fun elements to complete the outfit.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
They will have a beautiful party dress for their doll,...and, equally important, will also enjoy saying, "I made this!" This is a confidence builder for sewers who have done well with the beginner skills and are ready to move into some more challenging projects.
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Parents know their child's capabilities. This two-day 55 minute class is best for students who have a little bit of experience on the machine. I would call them intermediates. It's best if they are familiar with their machine and can re-thread it if the thread comes out, as well as re-thread the bobbin. If they need help getting the machine threaded, then it would be best if parents are there to help if the needle comes un-threaded, or if the machine has any problems. It is very difficult for me to see from their laptop camera and figure out what the problems are, especially since all machines are a little different. Please make sure the machine is working and the tension is right. It can be very frustrating for students when these things aren't working properly.

You will find the directions in the sewing machine guide that came with the machine. Some machines (Singer) have arrows stenciled onto the front of the machine, showing the correct path to threading. 
Parents know their child's capabilities. This 55 minute class is best for students who have a little bit of experience on the machine. I would call them intermediate beginners. It's best if they are familiar with their machine and can re-thread it if the thread comes out, as well as re-thread the bobbin. If they need help getting the machine threaded, then it would be best if parents are there to help if the needle comes un-threaded, or if the machine has any problems. It is very difficult for me to see from their laptop camera and figure out what the problems are, especially since all machines are a little different. Please make sure the machine is working and the tension is right. It can be very frustrating for students when these things aren't working properly.

You will find the directions in the sewing machine guide that came with the machine. Some machines (Singer) have arrows stenciled onto the front of the machine, showing the correct path to threading. 

If you don't have the guide, you can usually get it on the manufacturer website. 

Do a quick test on some scrap fabric to make sure the machine is in working condition. It is very disappointing to a learner to show up to class only to find out that their machine is not working. [insert sad face]

Ironing skills are very important to sewing. Students should be comfortable with the iron and ironing board.

Some Quick Sewing Safety Tips:

Make sure your sewing machine cord is in good shape. 

Keep hair pulled back. 

Unplug machine when not in use.

Don’t sew across pins. As a pin nears the presser foot, stop the sewing machine long enough to remove the pin.

Make sure you’re using the proper needle for the fabric you’re sewing. A needle that isn’t the right size or thickness for the job could end up breaking.

Pay attention to the way your sewing machine sounds. If it starts making strange noises, or seems louder than usual, it might be time to have it checked by a pro.

Make sure there’s enough light. Using a sewing machine in poor lighting can lead to mishaps.
If you don't have the guide, you can usually get it on the manufacturer website. 

Do a quick test on some scrap fabric to make sure the machine is in working condition. It is very disappointing to a learner to show up to class only to find out that their machine is not working. [insert sad face]

Ironing skills are very 

Some Quick Sewing Safety Tips:

Make sure your sewing machine cord is in good shape. 

Keep hair pulled back. 

Unplug machine when not in use.

Don’t sew across pins. As a pin nears the presser foot, stop the sewing machine long enough to remove the pin.

Make sure you’re using the proper needle for the fabric you’re sewing. A needle that isn’t the right size or thickness for the job could end up breaking.

Pay attention to the way your sewing machine sounds. If it starts making strange noises, or seems louder than usual, it might be time to have it checked by a pro.

Make sure there’s enough light. Using a sewing machine in poor lighting can lead to mishaps

Teacher

Karen Highland
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Learning is Natural When You Fan the Flame
199 total reviews
198 completed classes

About Me

I teach Algebra and sewing. I'm passionate about Algebra because I believe it is a fundamental to building the life skills of critical thinking and problem-solving. 

I also teach some life skills classes, various sewing and needlework classes.... 
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