I don’t want to bore you with post after post of types of cotton– there are many more than the more commonly used ones I have talked about. The important thing about cotton fabrics for heirloom doll dresses is the weight and pattern scale. The fabric should always be very light to light weight, and the scale of any patterns on it should be appropriate for doll size garments. For example, if there are flowers on the dress, when you cut out a bodice for, say, a 14″ doll, there should preferably be several flowers on the bodice– not just one big one or worse yet, none. Click here to see an example of flowers on the bodice in a very appropriate small scale print– and here to see one that is barely small enough to work “just okay” on the same size doll. By just okay I mean the print is barely small enough, because if you will notice the larger green flower is so far apart there is only one on the bodice, and while there is one on one sleeve there is none on the other sleeve. Because of the additional smaller flowers on the print it works okay– but it would have been nicer had the print been smaller so the large green flowers would not be so far apart that there could have been at least two on the bodice. So always be aware of scale when choosing prints for doll dresses. I will be answering any questions posted on the blog, so I am going to move on from the cotton fabrics for now.
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