The Dolly Insider’s Sewing Adventure continues and this time we are traveling to a place that is little quirky, punky and oh so cute!
Next stop, a Momolita Pattern.
Momoko Komori is well known in the doll sewing circuit.
She hosts sewing workshops in Japan, works with doll companies, and her patterns are featured in many doll book publications.
She even holds workshops in the USA during Blythe Cons.
To say I have a Dolly Sewing Crush on Momolita, would be an understatement.
But if you’re like me and are unable to attend her workshops, the next best thing is to buy her patterns in her Etsy store.
We bought the Sleeveless Dress pattern for Blythe, it’s written in English, only has 3 pieces and is listed for beginners.
Sadly during this sewing journey we ran into many potholes and detours along the way.
Let The Journey Begin . . .
Right from the start we ran into issues because there is:
- No printing instructions
- No info about what size paper to use or scale to print and
- No ruler to verify if the pattern printed correctly
Without these notes, it could alter the outcome of the project.
We 1st printed the pattern on 8.5 X 11 inch paper and the paper was too small, cutting off the pattern.
Luckily we had A4 paper on hand and the pattern printed correctly.
- Use A4 paper
- Print at 100% scale
Once we took care of the printing, we encountered another road bump, there is no material/tool list.
The ruffle alone needed 70cm about 28in of fabric.
We didn’t have enough fabric for the ruffle so we had to use a different fabric to make it.
And we also didn’t realize we needed a special tool for turning the fabric right side out.
- Make sure you have enough fabric
- Consider investing in craft forceps
Navigating The Notches & Turning The Fabric
It took us awhile to understand Step 1 of the instructions because the lining and the bodice pieces where the same color in the photo, so it made it difficult to see what was happening.
Once we made the connection of what was going on, sewing the bodice went smoothly . . . until we came to the step on clipping notches.
The pattern doesn’t have any markings for clipping notches and this made us anxious, since we’re new to sewing tiny, but we manged to figure it out.
Once the notches where clipped it was time to turn the fabric right side out, sounds easy right?
The instructions say to use craft forceps to turn the fabric right side out.
We didn’t own any, so we improvised and used tweezers.
It was a struggle pulling the fabric right side out through a tiny hole, but after this experience we added craft forceps to our wish-list.
Oops, We Experienced A Flat Tire aka Gathers
This dress features 2 gathers, along the hem and top edge of the dress.
Sewing gathers is a technique that we find challenging, so we had to watch a few videos to understand the method.
We’re getting better but know, it will take a few more projects before we feel confident with them.
The End Is In Sight
Included with the pattern is a sock pattern, but there were no instructions on how to make the socks.
Fortunately we made socks before and were able to complete the project.
But for new sewist, I can imagine being lost without any instructions.
Is it Beginner Friendly?
The Sleeveless Dress pattern for Blythe has techniques and instructions that seem to target an intermediate sewist.
The pattern was not as beginner friendly as we had hoped.
I think a beginner would feel lost and confused completing this project.
But hopefully with these sewing notes it will be easier to navigate around the potholes and detours.
Wrapping It Up
Looking back on the journey, it was a good experience.
It was an opportunity to gauge our strengths and we identified areas for improvement.
It’s a super cute dress and Blythe adores her new looks. 🙂
We will definitely sew more Momolita patterns.
If you want to sew this dress for your dolly, you can get it here.
We Want To Hear From You:
Have you sewn a Momolita pattern before?
If so, what did you make and how was your journey?
We can’t wait to hear from you!