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Make friends with your seam ripper! - suitable for advanced sewers only!,
This review is from: My Rag Doll: 11 adorable rag dolls to sew with clothes and accessories (Paperback)
I've had to totally re-write this review after making the doll...
I'm certain this book has not been tested before publishing by anyone other than the author! There are so many mistakes that a sewing tester would've picked up and got corrected and I've only made the doll, vest and bloomers! The doll's head doesn't work...the amount of gathers in the head back are so obvious when the doll is completed that I know I'm going to after to reduce the number of gathering for the next doll. Also the author says gather the head back and adjust gathers to fit the head front, but then you have to attach the head back and front to the respective body pieces before stitching front and back together! How can you adjust gathers without pinning one to the other and then unpin to sew after the next step? To feet don't look right either the dart leaves a point in the wrong place (next time I'm going to have to try a curved dart), and she never mentions about clipping seams on the feet or arms which with 1 cm seams would be essential for the arms and legs to be smooth for stuffing. 1cm seams are in fact far too big for toy projects anyway...so it is a benefit that we are left to add our own seam allowances, I reduced my allowances anyway!
I'd also like to see how the author possibly manages to machine sew the stuffed arms and legs onto the body! Impossible! Also these pieces are really small so the author describes a technique of inserting a sleeve for the first dress after sewing the side seams on the bodice and sleeve, and then she says to sew a piece of tape to the inside of the sleeve for elastic after this! Again impossible with such small pieces, even baby clothes are made by attaching the sleeve to the dress BEFORE sewing any side seams! This method is described in a later garment...there's no consistency here at all! Also the vest straps are far too long...I only needed half the length she states in the book again seam ripper time! The bloomer legs are also made more difficult by the author she states to sew the leg seams before folding up the bottom edge and making a channel for the leg elastic. I did my own thing which was to add the elastic channels before sewing ANY seams as well as adding trim etc, then it's a piece of cake to sew the leg seams, then the crotch seam, then form the waistband channel.
Why didn't the author put the amount of enlargement required on each piece? I have so many pieces that need re-doing eg the veil 200%! Also it's not clear whether the little Fairy Doll and the ballerina doll are to be enlarged 140% or 120%, the top of the making the doll page the author says ALL the dolls are made from the same pattern...but only when the reader looks down at the bottom of the page is it mentioned that these two are to be enlarged 120% and nothing is mentioned on the doll's pages either!
To summarise...this book is definitely NOT for beginners or even intermediate sewers either. I do not recommend this book to anyone other than an advanced sewer who has the knowledge and experience to work out important details the author has left out!
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Initial post: 22 Nov 2014 17:49:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Nov 2014 17:52:49 GMT
These comments are so true - I have written to the Publishers with my complaints - one lady in our sewing group says the book has put her off doll making for life - so sad when she is fairly new to sewing and produces lovely work.
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