A Few Thoughts about Designing for Dolls

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Excerpt from Doll Dress Boutique: Sew 40+ Projects for 18˝ Dolls A Dress for Every Occasion by Erin Hentzel.

Foreword: A Few Thoughts about Designing for Dolls

Design well. Choose high-quality fabric, add delicate details, and keep a consistent scale. Complete each step carefully and to the best of your ability, and your designs will get noticed.

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.

—Coco Chanel


Don’t underestimate the power of a simple, classic look. Styles that stand the test of time do so for a reason.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

—Maya Angelou

You are a creative artist each time you sew. Interview the trims and fabrics as you plan your doll dress. Oftentimes, I end up with two or three dress ideas during the “interview” process. This process can be fun—take your time choosing! After all, it’s this creative process that brings us our love of sewing.

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