Make doll clothes or test any pattern in miniature using a copier or Microsoft Powerpoint.
Scan pages at highest resolution and size available. Print out on regular sized paper, then cut out the pieces.
Paper mockup. Tape pattern pieces together. A good way to figure out how much trouble you're gonna get into before you start.
Use PowerPoint to enlarge the pattern to 200%. Print out each pattern piece on regular paper. Or you can use the enlarge feature on a copier.
Got all pieces printed using 8 pieces of paper.
Cut out lining pieces. Great way to use scrap fabric.
Make sleeve linings out of lace. Use a Clover craft iron to press hand-sewn seams.
Smaller sleeve lining not long enough - doesn't reach armscye. Watch when enlarging pattern full-scale.
Completed bodice and sleeve lining. Sleeve armsyce is a perfect fit. Note slash/spread of smaller sleeve lining (where pin is). The lace sleeves should be sewn in with seams to the outside if you want to use the inner bodice as a facing for the neckline.
Make copy of upper front and back. Cut yoke with 1.5 seam allowance on sides and bottom.
Lace yoke section.
Cut 4 of the bretelle piece from the fashion fabric. Two are facings. Mine are cut from different fabric for demonstration. The outside edge is one pleat, the facing seam is a second 'pleat', the tuck on pattern is third pleat. This video will show you how to do it.
Bretelle sewn on and gathered at bottom. May want to spray baste the lace on before sewing.
Oversleeve. Need to figure out lining or hem finish. Silk organza flat-lining maybe?
Sleeves perfect fit. Be careful with placement. Make note of front and back when figured out on full size gown.
Finished upper and inner bodice. Need to figure out finishing for back and neck. Under bodice could have a half petticoat attached?
Under and over bodice pinned and sewn together at neckline right sides together.
Bodice lined. Looks like a little monster, huh? That didn't disappoint because something went wrong.
Lace sleeves are on backwards! See seam on outside? Ugh. Note: be sure inner bodice sleeves are sewn in with seams toward the outside. Use a small french seam.
Skirt panels. Smallest panel on fold (center front).
Skirt panels joined.
Skirt sewn in place. The skirt is placed over the bodice and bratelle and trim hides the raw edges. Match up the seamlines.
The skirt opened. The gap disappears when the dress is closed. I used velcro as a fastener. Don't worry, I am using proper hook and eyes for the real thing.
Adding cotton skirt lining. This is SO NOT the way to do this.
Finished 1/4 scale. Not my greatest finished work, but it does give you a good idea on how to make doll clothes, or how to test these patterns in miniature.