Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Easy Handmade Sylvanian Ribbon Dress (for sister figure)

I created this tutorial myself, based of a picture in a Japanese book scan my kind friend Santie from Lollipop's Sylvanians sent me when I was ill earlier in the year.


I made an adult's version earlier this year (shown above). Once you have made this dress, perhaps you could try making a bigger one for an adult figure as I did. 

This super-simple tutorial will show you how to make a pretty dress for a regular sister figure :) I think that a child could make this with adult supervision and help on a few steps.

You will need:
- 1cm wide ribbon
- Rick-rack (or other similar sized trimming, such a miniature crotchet or lace)
- 1.8/2cm wide ribbon (the colour does not matter - you can't see this when the dress is finished)
- 2-3mm wide elastic
- 3-4mm diameter button
- White cotton and/or clear thread



In the photo above from left to right: 1.8/2 cm ribbon, rick-rack, 1 cm ribbon.


Cut a piece of the 1cm wide ribbon to around 11cm. It should fit loosely around shoulders of the figure the dress is intended for (in my case - Renee Sparkle).


Take the ribbon, and cut this piece in half, making sure one half is slightly longer than the other. Sew the miniature button on the end of the shorter piece, and make a button hole on the end of the longer piece.


Cut a 10cm length of the 1.8/2cm width ribbon, two 10cm lengths of rick-rack (or other trimming), and two 10cm lengths of the 1cm ribbon.


Take one of the pieces of rick-rack and sew it along the very edge of the wide ribbon. You do not need to be really neat as it will not show, however it is important you avoid sewing on the outside edge otherwise it will show.


Take a piece of the thinner ribbon and sew it on, overlapping the rick-rack and covering the previous stitches. Then do the same with the other piece of rick-rack.


Sew on the last piece of the thinner ribbon. It should meet up exactly with the edge of the wider ribbon. For a more professional finish, you may want to use a clear thread, or do a neat backstitch in white cotton.


Turn the ribbon the wrong way up and seam it 2/3 of the way up, then split it into two seams (by folding it back on itself). Sew some elastic onto the top of the skirt to create a "tail hole". You need to measure the figure and try it on to work out how big a seam allowance to leave.


Make sure you regularly check the dress on your figure! 


Take the 'strap' piece you made at the start. Ensuring the button is directly in the middle of the back of their neck, decide how you would like the strap to go and pin it together.


Sew the strap pieces onto the skirt. Again, to make it look neater you could use clear thread.


If you would like to make it a bit more formal, you could sew a bow (made of narrow ribbon) onto the front, or some beads along the edges :)

Finished! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it easy and enjoyable, please do leave a comment or subscribe via email to find out when I make a new post! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will happy to help you :-)

19 comments:

  1. Nice tutorial, Lily! Thank you very much--I look forward to trying this one soon! xo Jennifer

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  2. Thank you for sharing this tutorial! This is an awesome design and so easy to make :D

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    1. Thanks! I made it very simple because I wanted the children who read my blog to be able to make it and so many of the Sylvanian patterns I've seen online are tricky for even an experienced sewer :)

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  3. So cute! Will try it out sometime, I love making clothes for my Sylvanians! I'm currently trying to figure out how to make a beanie with loose felt... So far during my experimenting I've come up with a fishing cap, a slightly short-brimmed sunhat, various unusually decorated headbands and a vast collection of what seem to be halfway between hat and beanie! Any tips? :P Thanks!

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    1. Wow they sound brilliant :) and thank you :p

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  4. I just discovered Sylvanians AND your blog, and I can't decide which I love more. :) Looking forward to your next post!

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    1. That's such a lovely thing to say, thanks! :D

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  5. Hey:-),
    that's a cool idea - it looks very cute. Also: your blog is amazing, I love your stories:-). I'm looking forward to your next posts.

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    1. Thank you so much! I am now back, and hopefully I will be posting more often :)

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  6. Hi Lily!
    Love your blog.Can't wait for your next post.
    Emily

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    1. Thank you Emily! :) I finally got round to making a new post.

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  7. Hi Lily!
    I really love your blog and was wondering whether you could add my website:
    http://www.sylvaniansite.com/

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    1. Hi there :) I really like your blog, however because so many people have asked me to add their blogs/websites to my 'links' page, I am now only accepting people's websites who I know from the Sylvanian Families forum. Sorry! :)

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