Nov 30, 2018

Doll Dress Boutique: Sew 40+ Projects for 18” Dolls - A Dress for Every Occasion Erin Hentzel

"I received a free copy of the ebook in exchange for writing a review"

There have been so many times I've wanted to start a business in creating doll clothing. Such beautiful clothes for all sorts of dolls, especially 18" American Dolls. No matter if it's an American Doll or those that are from another brand, they always appear well dressed in such beautiful clothing. After seeing them, I just so want to make clothing that would light up a child's face, once received. That is why I knew I had to read the book, Doll Dress Boutique by Erin Hentzel.

This book has made me feel so excited to learn how to create such gorgeous dresses! Right from the start, my eyes were attracted to the beautifully detailed dresses, practically every single one inside this book. They would make any doll look like a real person, a very very short person with plenty of fashionable styles to wear. The book is true to the statement on the cover when mentioning that it's a dress for every occasion. There are plenty to choose from, such as A-line, Sleeveless, Country Cottage, Square-Neck, Party, and Princess Seamed. Honestly, the images that refer to each of these dresses, will fill your heart with joy and excitement, just as it has done for me!
Once you begin, the book does guide you through simple steps, which is normally used for all sewing projects. So it's nothing different when downsizing the clothing that would be made for an adult or child. Instead, you take the same beginning steps to get you started by choosing the right fabric, tools, and of course, a pattern that you can download or use right from the back of the book. Every project inside has all the details with photos. That is one thing I honestly love about this book. It's all visual and of course, has text to follow along. Additionally, the viewing of each image through photos, real clear photos are a complete life saver. I know many can do with just written text, but for me, viewing every step is so much easier. So as you go through the directions of the pattern of choice, you'll see all the images of how to begin, what needs to be done next and of course, the final result.
The author, Erin Hentzel really helps by offering tips throughout this book. It really comes in handy for those that are new to sewing clothing, and may have questions or might not be sure exactly what to do. There are tons of photos of everything that is required to be used during the projects, which can be found in the introduction. So there is no way to fail when you know what may be required during each dress you want to create. In addition to the supplies, you have some extra bonus material on how to create the bodice, closures for the back, pleating and so much more! That actually is another helping guidance that this book supplies the reader, which aids in learning to sew different styles, before actually beginning. 

From experience, I know many styles I still get a bit confused about and still am trying to master. However, this book really has been a huge help in explaining what needs to be done to get the right look that is required for each dress. After reading all these helpful guidance steps to perfecting a few clothing styles, which will be needed when creating doll clothing, you finally get to move on to each beautifully designed dress. 

Now, this is where the fun begins! The Aline is up first, followed by the Sleeveless and so on.
Each with so many possibilities that can be created in each section, which is one thing I did notice. You don't just get to create one style with each dress. Instead, you get to view how to make every single dress that each 18" doll is wearing. So no matter if your interest was for the center dress or one at the end, they all are explained in the directions.
Many times, when patterns are written for others, they are usually just the one style and don't supply any other creative looks using that same dress pattern. Luckily, this book is different and provides you with that additional opportunity to be creative. One other thing is that the steps stay the same. Of course, there are a few additional pieces that aren't on each dress. So you would need to follow the steps to make each dress as they look in the photo. It is all labeled so there won't be any way to mistake one dress for another.

Finally, I feel that this book has so much guidance, that anyone who wants to sew up their own doll clothing will be able too. Even for those who have no idea, well this book clues everyone in, from beginning to end! So, yes, this is just an adorable book and my excitement hasn't changed after reading it. It's got so many patterns, so many helpful tips, guidance through photos and just adorable images of these dolls in their new clothing, I can't wait to begin sewing!

About the Author:
Erin first fell in love with sewing at age seven, when she attended a kids' sewing class at the Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto, California. While growing up, she enjoyed sewing stuffed animals for friends and clothing for herself and, of course, for her dolls. 
Erin holds a bachelor of science degree from Oregon State University and lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley, Oregon, with her husband, children, two cats, chinchilla, and house rabbit. She teaches sewing locally and is an active volunteer in her daughter's 4-H sewing group. 
She is the designer and blogger behind Avery Lane Designs, an Etsy doll-clothing pattern shop. 
Visit Erin's website at

Book Information:
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (October 7, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617456691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617456695
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches

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