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Life Skills

Sew a Princess Dress and Cape for Your 18-Inch Doll (Intermediate)

In this three-day class, intermediate sewers will sew a princess-seam gown and cape for their 18-inch doll. Some experience is necessary.
Karen Highland
200 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 1 week
9-13
year olds
3-6
learners per class
per learner - per class

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These are the steps in the gown construction:

This pattern is large and has many parts, so we will pin it together the first day of class. Sewers should have the paper pattern pieces printed and all cut out. 
1. We will hem the sleeve ends. Then zig-zag around the facing outside edge. This will help us keep to our two-day time-frame.
2. Sew the center back seam up to the opening.
3. Sew the center back to the sides back and the center front to the front sides (creating the princess seams).
Press seams open
4. Sew the shoulders together, matching the princess seams.
Press seams open
5. Sew the neck facing.
6. Sew the sleeves onto the shoulders.
7. Sew the underarms and side seams.
Press seams open
8. Press and sew the hem.
9. Sew on the closure, whether hook and loop tape or snaps.

These are the steps in the cape construction:

1. Cut out before class.
2. Sew lining to collar, leaving an opening for the cape.
3. Sew the cape to the collar opening.
4. Hand sew the opening closed. 
I will post a video the day before our first class, showing them how to cut out the dress.  They will work on their items in class, whatever is not completed each day will be homework. They should be able to complete the bulk of the work in class, but if they don't, I will make sure to demonstrate so they can finish on their own. They will also need to have the dress and cape cut out before the second class, but I will post a video showing them how to do so, and it isn't difficult. It just makes the class go much smoother when the cutting out is done ahead of time. They can also cut it out carefully without rushing to try to keep up with the class time.
* 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 3/4 of a yard of fabric in 44 inch width (typical width of fabrics). It can be a woven fabric or a knit. (if knit, just make sure your machine sews well on the fabric.) The cape uses 3/4 yard of mesh, tule, shiffon, sheer or other lightweight fabric. You can opt for a shorter cape and use less fabric. You can make the collar and cuffs out of faux fur, or a fancy fabric like brocade, or even a wide lace. You'll need a small piece about 1/8 of a yard. You'll also need a small piece of fabric to line the collar. You can use the dress fabric if you like. * 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, Wal-Mart, 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 recommend buttons, as button holes are an advanced skill. * Hand sewing needle. * Fur or braid, or thick ribbon or trim for the cuffs. You can also opt for the bell sleeve. 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 be thrilled with the beautiful princess gown and cape...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 3-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
200 total reviews
202 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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