My Learn to Sew kits are for children who want to Learn to Sew. As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I think simple doll clothes is a good place to start. The first two kits are for a simple wrap dress that can be embellished a number of ways. One kit will be for Phoebe dolls the other for American Girl sized dolls.
I have been working on the kits for over a month now. I know, I know, I should be done by now, but I want to make sure I have thought of everything. Everything, a child would need to make the project and that the instructions are thorough. Nothing puts a damper on a sewing project quicker when the adult helping the child is totally confused. Trust me, I've been there.
So you don't go there, here is what a kit contains:
- A detailed instruction booklet. Color photographs of each step of the process, plus written instructions and a side bar of "Things to think about"
- The pattern pieces. Each piece is on poster board so it can be traced onto the wrong side of the fabric.
- The "Pins and Needles" Booklet contains several darning needles, enough pins and Wonderclips to make the projects.
- Practice material. The dress needs a Fat Quarter of Fabric and is embellished with a contrasting waist band and a YoYo Flower and button. You even get a practice waistband and YoYo Flower. You never know that first practice dress may come out just fine and in that case, your doll will need to wear it.
- The fabric for your real dress, and of course the embellishments.
- Two large snaps, (Sorry, I forgot to put them in the photograph)
- Email support line, if you still are a bit confused or have questions about changing things up.
All the recipient has to supply is thread, scissors, tape (I'll explain that later) and the doll.
Most kits will have the same practice fabric as shown here, but there will be a selection of "real" fabrics.
Next blog post, samples of the wrap dress and fabric choices.