DGRequiem

Requiem Art Designs

Hartford, Connecticut On Etsy since 2011

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DGRequiem

Requiem Art Designs

Hartford, Connecticut | 41,043 Sales

Announcement    New to doll sewing? Tons of tutorials and size charts at RequiemArt.com!

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Last updated on Oct 15, 2019

New to doll sewing? Tons of tutorials and size charts at RequiemArt.com!

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Last updated on Nov 16, 2018
Frequently asked questions
I'm new to sewing and all these sizes and things are kind of confusing. Where do I start?

For doll-sewing, I keep a bunch of resources on my website that should help:

Tutorials: https://www.requiemart.com/pages/resources
Size Charts: https://www.requiemart.com/pages/sizing-charts

If you're brand-new to sewing, you might need something a little more basic!
Check out your local library or craft section in your bookstore. There are lots of books designed for people who've never picked up a needle before.
Or, check out YouTube! Not just for basic learning to sew stuff, either-if you ever get stuck on any technique (ex making ruffles) just search for 'how to make ruffles' and you'll get dozens of great videos.

Help? I can't find my downloads

If your device/browser didn't give you a popup, check your order confirmation email for a link. You can also check your order history, where your invoice will have a link to any digital items to download.

Etsy also has a guide on this here: https://www.etsy.com/help/article/3949

If you *just ordered* and Etsy is showing your order as 'processing' instead of paid, don't worry! That just means there's a delay somewhere in the chain of computers (for example, Paypal doesn't transfer money directly to Etsy, it has to go through secure servers in between). Just wait for your email order confirmation--the download will be linked in that, too!

My clothes are coming out too big/small?

Most common problem is printer settings. Make sure your printer is set to 100% and is not set to shrink/enlarge to fit!
Second most common problem is fabric. If you use a fabric that is not what is recommended, it might not fit (either too thick a weave or not stretchy enough, etc)
Finally... make sure your seam allowances are what the pattern calls for. You CAN adjust the seam allowance (see next FAQ question), but you can't just sew a different one than what is included in the pattern and get the right fit.

Can I use a different seam allowance?

Yep!
Step 1: Cut out your pattern pieces.
Step 2: Trace your pattern pieces onto new sheets of paper, giving each a lot of space around them.
Step 3: Take your ruler and measure out an extra 1/8” (if you want a ¼” total seam allowance) or ¼” (if you want a 3/8” total seam allowance) all around the edge of the pattern where it is marked with a solid black line aka a cut line. Make a bunch of dots, as close together or far apart as you need them.
Step 4: Connect the dots. Tada! You have a new cut line for your patterns. Don’t forget to mark where any patterns will need to be placed on a fold.
Remember: if you do this you will need to trim the fabric back and use fray block. On small dolls, big seams mean bulky, ill-fitting clothes

Do I need to use a sewing machine?

If you don't have a machine, you can sew them all 100% by hand. Small doll clothes need precise sewing, so hand sewing is sometimes even faster than using a machine!

How do I get my printer to shrink/enlarge?

Between your device, operating system, programs, and printer, every configuration will be slightly different. The most reliable way is to print out the pattern at 100% and go to your local library, print shop, or anywhere else that has a photocopier and use the % setting to resize your pattern.
If you can’t figure it out with your computer and can’t get to a photocopier, you can order a print service in the Etsy shop for any pattern you have bought previously (just note which in the comments). I can get it done for you, but since you have to pay for shipping and I have to pay for Etsy/payment fees, it’s almost always cheaper for you to get it done locally.

Can I commission a pattern?

Sure! I let people sponsor patterns (you get the pattern you want, but a copy also goes into the shop) for $75 for regular sized patterns (most patterns).

If you would like exclusive use of a pattern, my rate is $20/hr and it takes between 10-20 hours to develop a pattern.

Do you have video tutorials?

Currently, no. Just about every sewing technique (ex "Gathering", "how to sew in a sleeve" etc) is already covered on youtube extensively, and pretty much the same in human size as doll size. If you're a beginner, I recommend looking up those if you need help, because videos on specific techniques are more in-depth and helpful to beginners, whereas videos I make would just reiterate the written instructions already included in every pattern.