For some reason, my eight year old believes that the piece-de-resistance in an American Girl Doll’s wardrobe, is a pajama. And her doll Kanani, didn’t have one. Enter sewing pattern Kwik Sew K3771, and my model doll, Jess.
I made two nightgowns from remnant fabric, which for me is the easiest way to sew for a doll. I typically have children’s clothing around that can be recycled. But that requires me to carefully cut apart the original clothing and examine the fabric condition and the grain. So, sometimes the dolls get a print that is entirely their own. But times two, to reduce the incidence of screaming, no, it’s mine.
First Step, layer the fabric in four so that I can cut out both nightgowns at once.
Stitch the nightgown together at the shoulders. Press the seams open, and trim.
Press the shoulder edges in. And begin the lengthy process of pressing, adding stitch witchery (or steam a seam, or fusible web, or whatever heat activated adhesive is available), to each and every edge.
Placing pins in the turned edge will help to keep your fingers away from the hot iron. Once you have pressed between the pins, the fabric will be somewhat flat. And you can remove the pins and press again.
Add the stitch witchery, and press again.
And finally, sew the turned, pressed, fused edge. Repeat all the way around the nightgown.
Then, add velcro. And you are done, finally, with what appeared to be a quick project, with only three pieces.
Kanani and Jess are ready for a sleepover.