Rosie's Doll Clothes

Rosie's Doll Clothes provided the following course for the purpose of this TOS Schoolhouse Crew review.

As available on her website, we received 12 months’ worth of online access to: Learn How to Make Doll Clothes Video Course with 8 Free Doll Clothes Patterns for ages 8 and up.

Doll clothes are such a fun project to make with my girls. They don't require much fabric, so I can usually use what we already have at home. Smaller doesn't always mean easier, though. In fact some aspects of little bitty doll clothes can be quite tedious. Through step by step videos, Rosie shared tips specific to doll clothes that simplified the process of creating tiny garments more easily. With over 130 videos, this was a comprehensive course. She started with organizing your tools and workspace and progressed to step by step tutorials using her patterns. Eight of her patterns (pictured below) are included with the course.

The 8 free patterns are:

Sport Shorts
Crop Top
Halter Top
Summer Nightie

All come with PDF pattern pieces and basic written instructions and step by step videos on how to make the outfits as well.

Each step was explained in Rosie's videos which varied in length. One explained how to print the patterns including not using page scaling. I had incorrectly clicked fit to page which made the sizing incorrect. Thankfully, Rosie anticipated customer error and included as measure scale on each pattern piece. I was able to easily adapt the pattern to the size indicated.

The tips shared were extremely helpful. The limited written pattern instructions, however, did not include the same tips and if followed as written were similar to my typical sewing style, not as easy as the video techniques previously shared.

We received an access code to log in and view all of the videos for one year. The website is organized by weeks, with a suggested order for watching the videos.The videos range in length from extremely short (about one minute) to much longer and detailed (up to 10 minutes) depending on the topic.

Not every video is applicable to every person, depending on the tools that you have available. The only negative is that after one year access is no longer available to view the videos.

My 14 year old daughter choose to make a pink sarong. The pattern was adaptable for a long or short version, and she made a long one. The pattern for the necessities underneath was also included. That was actually the first pattern we used, and it was fairly easy to follow and completed in just one afternoon. 

Emily shared: 
"In Rosie's videos she shared every sewing tool that a beginning seamstress might need. She talked about each tool and how they worked. My favorite tip tip that she shared was to sew the hem on the piece of clothing first before sewing the garment together. This made sewing the garment easier because you don't have to flip the whole thing inside out to sew the hem as it is already done. 

She also gave us some patterns with her online videos. I tried her technique with the sarong pattern first. Her technique made hemming much easier to do. In some of her videos she shared things such as using the serger and sewing machine, different types of fabrics, what projects are best sewn with each type, and how to cut your fabric the right way. 

Many of the videos would be most helpful for beginning sewers because each thing is explained so well. Some of the techniques that she shared would be helpful to any sewer, beginner or not. "

The price of the course is USD $47.23 (at the time of this blog post) and includes an additional special offer through December 24, 2013:  when you purchase my How to Make Doll Clothes video course I’m giving away an additional pattern of your choice absolutely free! 

  Some of the topics addressed in the videos include:
  • An outline of tools, fabric and elastic
  • How to prepare your patterns and fabric
  • Tutorials on sewing basic stitches and seams
  • Various methods of hemming on the sewing machine and the serger
  • Creating small casings, tubes and straps
  • Working with elastic
  • The best way to gather fabric
  • Attaching sleeves, frills, ribbing, collars and a variety of trimmings

The teacher of these courses replied to one of my emails which I mentioned my son. She shared a link to one of her blog posts:  Boys Can Sew Too!

 See what other crew members shared in their reviews here


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, cool! I'll have to go read that post, because my two younger boys just MIGHT be interested. ;)


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