The sewing seminar is to learn how to make professional, well fitting doll clothes, for any kind of dolls--antique dolls, child dolls, baby dolls, fashion dolls, any kind of doll clothes, where real sewing skills are important. It is offered to any sewer from beginner to advanced. I don't include play dolls and boy dolls as it would be a waste of time and money.
Each sewing seminar is on a first come, first serve basis, and set up at a convenient time agreed on by both the teacher and the student.
LEARN TO SEW BEAUTIFUL DOLL CLOTHES
In my sewing seminars, you dress several dolls during the seminar--the number depends on how fast you work and what style clothes you make -(for example, little girl or baby doll dresses take less time than dresses for antique or fashion lady dolls). I do put some limits on the kind of costume you can make, as a very complicated one might actually take longer than the seminar!!
I make suggestions as to what kind and how many dolls you should bring to dress.
You learn not only how to fit existing patterns, but how to make your own.
You will make the patterns for all the clothes you make in class, beginning with the underwear and completely dressing the doll from the "skin" out.
You will learn little tricks like how to easily make socks for little girl dolls.
We don't dress boy dolls, American Girl dolls or Barbie dolls in class. My classes are for making quality doll clothing, more dress up rather than "play" clothes. If you want to make simple play clothes for dolls, you really don't need sewing lessons, they are fast and easy and there are many patterns available for them. I like students to leave here knowing how to do more complicated things that fit well and look wonderful, and how to take any pattern or their own and make an original garment from it, or how to look at a picture of a dress and develop their own pattern for it. If the student only came and made simple play clothes they would not learn this important stuff.
You can choose which kind of doll clothes you are interested in--from antique dolls to baby dolls to child dolls to fashion dolls, and you can learn to make clothes for more than one type of doll in one seminar! One student made a French style jacket dress with bonnet for an antique doll, an organdy dress and bonnet for a composition baby doll, and a formal for her 1950s Miss Revlon doll, all in one seminar.These were three very different styles she was able to process and take home knowledge about.
When you do the different styles, you learn in the process how different fabrics and trims are suitable for different era and type of doll.
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I have noticed one particular seller on Ebay who does fashion doll clothing. When you go to her site you see many dresses in different fabrics for different dolls, but she uses only one pattern, in the same way.
You will learn how to create your own basic pattern that you can change slightly to make dresses that look entirely different, as well as make new patterns of your own style.
There are other things that will be covered in the seminar--education in fabric, methods of finishing, reducing bulk, choosing the right styles, fasteners, and many other things. You will learn how to research doll clothing so you appropriately dress dolls, whether antique or modern. You will be given some materials on pattern making to take with you.
Whether you are a total beginner or and advanced sewer, if you have never done doll clothes, sewing doll clothes presents its own unique problems. When you see poorly fitting doll clothes, they are almost always sewn by someone who tries to use the same sewing techniques and rules you would use for people clothes, and they just won't ever come out right. Doll clothes require their own special techniques.
Poorly Fitted Doll Dress
|Properly Fitted Doll Dress|
The Seminars are usually "one on one" --only one student at a time. However, there occasionaly are two, and there is still plenty of one on one time. Each student does their own thing, completely independent of one another.
The seminar is for four days, you arrive the day before and leave either the last evening or the next day, depending on the convenience for you, so you have four full days of learning and sewing. We start about 9:30 in the morning, have a quick lunch around noon, work until five, take a break for dinner at 5:00 , then after dinner work until around eight-thirty or nine, depending on how we are doing for time. I provide lunch and dinner at no extra cost to you ( as long as you like what I fix!) You are free to provide your own lunch and dinner if you wish, at your own expense. If you need transportation for shopping I will gladly provide it.
This schedule gives you a lot of sewing/learning time.
All the materials you use in class are included in the price of the seminar if chosen from supplies on hand--there are lots of fabrics to choose from. You have the option of bringing your own fabric and trim, at your own expense of course,
If you come in time the day before the seminar, we can take our shopping trip for you to buy your own fabric if you wish, or just learn about different fabrics and why you would (or would not) use them to make doll clothes. Drape and weight are very important. The trip to the big fabric store is part of the seminar. It is great if you can arrive early enough on arrival day so we can make the trip to the fabric store that day. If you can't arrive that early, then maybe you can allow an extra day so we can still do the fabric store.
You may bring your own sewing machine or use one of mine. I frequently help students decide on a machine to buy.
You will learn a lot about sewing machines, rufflers, and sergers (if you don't already know about these) and if you have no experience with them will have an opportunity to learn to use the machines in class.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Fabric
SUMMER SPECIAL RATES FOR THE SEWING SEMINAR--
Below you will see listed all the regular info, which remains the same except for the price. I am running the special because I will only be doing the seminars for about 3 more years. I love teaching people to sew beautiful doll clothes, so have decided to run a special price temporarily-- a summer sale. The prices are effective May 1, 2011 to Oct.30, 2011 only. You may take advantage of this rate later, but will need to make a non-refundable $100 deposit before Oct.30 to lock in the summer sale rate.
Sale rates: One person, $900.00 for the full seminar, two persons for $1,350.00
If you have a friend or acquaintence you wouldn't mind sharing a motel with, it would cut your cost even more. We have a Day's Inn motel nearby for commuting that is clean and comfortable and in a good area that I recommend, that former students have been happy with. They serve a nice simple breakfast with fruit and coffee and other things that is complimentary. Their price varies from $60 and up, and the rooms are about $20 per night cheaper if reserved on line.
Hope you will decide to learn to make exquisite doll clothes!.
The Fine Print
The cost of the sewing seminar is $1,200.00, (for one student--see special pricing for more than one ) and we help you find the best, closest and most economical accomodations. If you come on public transportation and need it, we provide transportation while you are here back and forth to your choice of lodging within a limited radius (contact us for details) as well as arrival and departure from public transportation (airport, train, bus etc.), at no extra charge.
Once the seminar is scheduled you will be asked to sign a contract and make a deposit that is non-refundable unless we cancel the seminar, in which case there would be a full refund of course.
Special pricing is available if two people want to come together to take the same seminar.( I limit seminars to two students, so both get complete individual attention. Each will still do their own individual thing: for example, one may wish to make a baby doll dress and the other a fashion doll dress.) If two people want to share expenses and attend at the same time, the price per person is reduced to $850.00 for each student. Each student still signs a separate contract and makes a separate non-refundable $200.00 deposit. This is a way two people can get together and save some money!
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