Saturday, May 11, 2013
Make It A Two Piece (Photostory)
Chances are many of you were disappointed to see that the new Chandra BabyPhat outfit was a one-piece instead of a two-piece. I know I was. I was looking forward to using that jacket with many different outfits.
So Chandra (who will be renamed soon), took her outfit to Debbie, our fashion designer.
The first thing Debbie does is separate the jacket from the outfit using a seam ripper. Nothing too difficult. If you don't have a seam ripper, you can use tiny scissors to cut the seam.
This is what it looks like when separated.
The jacket looks like this on the inside. Cut the loose strings. As you can see, only the seams below the armholes need to be sewn or glued shut.
This is the view from the back. Debbie has decided to add a small piece of black ribbon to the back to match the black ribbon the on the front. This step is optional, but it adds more of a finished touch.
Debbie sews the ribbon on. (In actuality, I just hot glued it to the jacket. You don't have to worry that you are covering the velcro opening, because the doll will be putting the jacket on from the front.
There you have it. Very easy. This ribbon is found in all of the craft stores. You can get a roll of it for about $0.50.
Now Debbie proceeds to sew the side seams under each armhole. (Again, I just hot glued it.)
Ta da! The jacket I imagined Mattel had created. Debbie finishes the jacket just in the nick of time. Chandra has arrived.
"Chandra? I wasn't expecting you today." (Debbie)
"I know. I was in the area and thought I would stop by to check on the jacket." (Chandra)
"I just finished the jacket, but I haven't worked on the other piece. Here try on the jacket." (Debbie)
"I love it. So much better than before." (Chandra)
"I agree. Turn around." (Debbie)
"Yes. Much better. Did you want to leave that here until I finish the other piece?" (Debbie)
"No. I need this for an upcoming function. I'm in no rush for the other piece." (Chandra)
"Okay. Let me get your bill." (Debbie)
"That alteration if $15 + tax." (Debbie)
"And so worth it. I won't need the other piece for at least a couple of weeks, so take your time." (Chandra)
The two finish conducting their business. Chandra heads out, and Debbie works on one more project before heading home for the day.