"The Icing On The Cake!"

Final details to embellish and accessorize your doll’s wardrobe
 
You’ve cut the fabric and sewed the tiny pieces together into an amazing outfit. Now you have the opportunity to pour all your creativity into the final touches of Dolly’s outfits. Whether you plan to sell your doll clothes, give them as gifts, or display Dolly in her various outfits, knowing how to embellish and accessorize your doll’s wardrobe will make a definite difference.

This is the chance to use all the fun sewing notions you’ve collected. Hand stitch those tiny sweetheart buttons on the front of Dolly’s dress or blouse. Add a touch of dainty eyelet lace to the bottom of her ball gown or heirloom dress. A remnant of narrow ribbon will accent a collar or finish the cuff of a sleeve.
 
Use appliqués to finish the front of a dress or blouse or the front of a collar. Remember to keep the appliqué in proportion to the size of the doll. Use it to enhance, not overwhelm.  An iron on appliqué is fast and simple.
 
If you are skilled at hand embroidery, it is a beautiful way to personalize doll clothes and add a bit of yourself into the creation. It is also a great way to freshen up an outfit that Dolly’s had for awhile. If you are artistic, this is your chance to create a one-of-a-kind design. If you are like me, use a design already created. Use 1-2 strands of embroidery thread and allow yourself stopping points if you can’t finish it all in one sitting. What about putting a monogram on Dolly’s towels, bathrobe or handkerchief? Use your imagination. If your sewing machine has an embroidery stitch option, feel free to use this for quicker results.

What other touches can you dream up? What about ribbon roses to make a beautiful addition to formal wear? There is no limit to how you can use your sewing notions to embellish Dolly’s clothes.
 
As you enhance Dolly’s outfits, you will want to think of all the ways you can mix and match using accessories. What girl doesn’t love to complete her outfit with just the right shoes or jewelry? Use your creativity to accessorize Dolly’s outfits for any occasion. Finish each outfit with an array of hats, purses, shoes, socks, tights, jackets, and hair pretties. 
Here are just a few other ideas:
 ...For bedtime, add a tiny pillow and blanket or warm sleeping bag. Include a colorful shawl for an evening out on the town. 
...What about Dolly’s miniature pet? Include a dog, bunny or kitty and a designer carrying case. 
...Add a small shawl for those cold days or a comfy crocheted afghan for an afternoon curled up on the couch in front of the fire.
...A pretty neck scarf or cozy poncho can be hand-crafted out of scraps of soft polar fleece.
 
Implement your own creativity to “doll up” your doll clothes patterns. Whatever you choose, the sky’s the limit when it comes to embellishing tiny garments and accessorizing Dolly’s wardrobe. Enjoy!
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