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It’s April 1st which means it’s April fool’s day!
A day of practical jokes.
I’m terrible at coming up with April fool’s jokes so you won’t see any shenanigans from me.
You also won’t find a Dolly Sewing Crush this month.
Hopefully we’ll meet again in May . . .
Hey come back, did you actually believe me?
I was just kidding, The Dolly Sewing Crush will continue and it’s no joke that this Month’s designer has real skills.
I’m excited to present Salon de Monbon as April’s Dolly Sewing Crush!
Let’s continue growing our sewing skills!
Who is Salon de Monbon:
Dolly Sewing Crush: Salon de Monbon Project #1
We will begin April’s Dolly Sewing Crush with an adorable Coat from Doll’s Closet Seasons on page 100.
Your doll can enjoy a beautiful Coat in 83 steps.
I know what you’re thinking, “OMGOSH 83 steps, you’ve gotta be kidding me!?!”
But before the beads of sweat start rolling down your forehead, let me put your mind at ease.
The steps may look overwhelming but the instructions for the Coat are very detailed.
Each step guides you through the entire process from pinning pieces, ironing seams, to clipping notches.
It’s like Salon de Monbon is holding your hand during the entire process.
The directions for the Coat are written in Japanese and includes images so you can visually see the step by step instructions.
Your Layout For Sewing Success
Here is your blueprint for making the Coat:
- Sew front lining to front coat
- Sew back coat to front coat at shoulder seams
- Hem sleeves
- Hand sew beads to sleeves
- Sew sleeves to coat
- Attach back lining to shoulder seams of front coat
- Top stitch armhole of lining
The Bow Pockets
- Fold and glue ribbon center
- Fold and sew pockets
- Hand sew ribbon center & pockets to coat
Back to the Coat
- Sew the neckline
- Sew the sleeves and sides of front & back coat
Back to the Bow Pockets
- Create bows for pockets
Back to the Coat
- Attach the back lining to the front lining
- Sew hem of coat & lining together
- Turn coat right side out
- Hand stitch opening of coat
- Top stitch around coat
- Attach beads and closures to coat
Voilà the Coat is done!
I want this jacket for myself, but I don’t think Momoko is willing to share.
Overall the instructions for the project were doable.
Completing the project was challenging for us because we had a difficult time marking on the dark velour fabric.
The chalk kept disappearing and it made this project much harder to complete.
We learned a good lesson; use proper marking tools.
We have some in our shopping cart now. 🙂
Dolly Insider Skill Level Rating:
It’s Time For A Giveaway
To boost your love for sewing tiny, we are giving 1 lucky winner: 1 Doll’s Closet Seasons book.
Giveaway runs from April 1, 2020 until April 30, 2020 11:59 P.M.
All you have to do is answer the following question:
Enter your response in the entry form below for a chance to win.a Rafflecopter giveaway
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- Last day to enter the giveaway: April 30, 2020 11:59 P.M. Central Standard Time
- Winner’s name will be shared on our site and social media platforms
- Winner will be notified via email within 48 hours after the contest has closed. If the winner does not respond to our email within 5 days, another winner will be selected
- If you’re a minor please get your parent’s or guardian’s permission before entering
Excited to sew Salon de Monbon clothes for your dolly? No need to wait, you can get a copy of the Doll’s Closet Seasons book here.
Join us next week for the 2nd project!
Kat and Tatyana
The Dolly Insider