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Vanessa Valentine Serger Doll pattern available
Vanessa Valentine Serger Doll

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Level: All

Will she be happy or sad? What will her Valentine say? It's all up to you. Use whatever colors and fabrics you'd like for Vanessa, from her hair down to her shoes. The completed doll will be about 28 1/2" long.

Download the Doll Pattern:

Janome Supplies Required:

  • Memory Craft Compulock serger, or any Janome serger 
  • Optional: Memory Craft embroidery machine for facial features
  • Janome White Silk Topstitching thread

Fabric And Notions Required:

  • 7/8 yard muslin (for doll body)
  • 1 1/4 yard fabric, color of choice (for dress and bloomers)
  • 3/8 yard white batiste (for pinafore)
  • 1/4 yard black velvet (for shoes)
  • 5 1/2" strip of Velcro
  • 1/3 yard of 3/8" wide flat lace - dress
  • 1 yd of 1/4" elastic
  • One package of maxi curl hair
  • White and red serger threads - 4 of each color
  • One yard of 3/8" wide ribbon for hair bows, color of choice
  • 3/4 yard of 5/8" wide black ribbon for shoe bows
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Sewing Instructions:

Note: The doll face on our example embroidered with a Memory Craft BEFORE cutting the face pattern out so that the stitched face could be centered.

  1. Cut out all body pieces, black shoe pieces, dress and bloomer pieces from respective fabrics.
  2. From the white batiste cut the following:

One piece 1 3/4" wide x 45" long for the straps.

Cut one, 11 1/2" wide x 9" long piece for the skirt.

Cut two, 5" wide x 3 1/2" long pieces for the pinafore bib.

  1. Set up the Compulock for the Double Chain Stitch. Press Menu to Page 3 and change the stitch length to 2.0. Use this to serge the following, using 5/8"seam allowances throughout this entire project except for the doll arms. Use 1/4" seam allowance for the doll arms. NOTE: Start the chain stitch on a fabric scrap first; then use needle down and slip the first doll body piece under the foot. Continue "chain serging" all the pieces.

Doll Body: Using the Double Chain Stitch, serge the darts, center back seam, arms, shoes to the legs, soles to the shoes, and head to body front.

Stuff the legs and arms firmly to stitching lines and then chain stitch across this line. Lightly stuff the tops of arms and legs.

Serge arms to body, matching large circles. Serge body front to body back; clip corners and curves. Press under seam allowance on the front edge of doll body bottom piece.

Serge body bottom to doll back from side seam to side seam. Serge legs to body front, right sides together, centering leg seam down center of leg and placing this seam to the body right side.

Stuff the body firmly; then slipstitch pressed edge of body bottom to lower edge of body front.

(You will also use the double chain stitch as a pintuck on each side of the flatlocking on the pinafore bib and also to stitch the pinafore hem in place, but this will have to be done after the flatlocking has been stitched).

  1. Set up the Compulock for Rolled Hem, using red thread. Finish the bottom edges of bloomers and sleeves.
  2. Set up the Compulock for 2 Thread Wide Flatlock, using red thread. (Press key for WIDE.) Flatlock elastic to bottom edges of bloomers and sleeves, positioning 1" up from finished bottom edges.

Fold the fabric on the 1" positioning mark and place elastic on the edge and flatlock.

Now change to white silk topstitching thread in lower looper and white serger threads. Flatlock down the middle of one of the 5" x 3 1/2" pieces you cut for the bib. On pinafore skirt bottom, press under 1/4" on the 11 1/2" width and then press up 1 1/2". Flatlock in the middle of the 1 1/2" fold.

  1. Set up the Compulock for Double Chain Stitch, using white thread and white silk topstitching thread in the looper. From the wrong side stitch one row on each side of the flatlocking on the pinafore bib. Double chain stitch the 1/4" pressed under edge of the pinafore skirt bottom to secure the hem in place.
  2. Set up the Compulock for 4 Thread Overlock, using red thread. Serge only one seam in the bloomers. Secure one end of elastic on each sleeve and each bloomer leg so elastic can be pulled up to fit the doll's arms and legs. Seam the shoulder seams of the dress.
  3. Set up Compulock for Cover Stitch, using red thread. Press under 5/8" on bloomer waistline edge. Cover stitch in place and insert elastic into waistline casing.

Now change to white thread. Press under 1/4" on dress neck edge. Press under 3/8" on dress skirt bottom edge. Cover stitch the white lace to the neck and skirt bottom edges. Press under 3/8" on each side of the pinafore skirt and cover stitch in place.

For the pinafore straps use the 1 3/4" x 45" strip and press the raw lengthwise edges to the center and then press in half lengthwise. Cover stitch down the center of this strip. Cut a 31" piece for the waist ties and a 14" piece for the neckties.

  1. Set the Compulock up for 4 Thread Overlock Gathering, using red thread. (The higher the needle tension, the fuller the gathers.) Gather the skirt waist edge. Change to white thread and gather the pinafore waist edge.
  2. Change the Compulock to Regular 4 Thread Overlock (simply re-adjust your tensions).

Position the 14" strap piece, right sides together, to the top of the pinafore bib, having the strap edges 1/4" from the raw edges to leave room for the seam allowance. Position the 31" waist strap piece to the side edges of the pinafore, having the bottom edges of the strap 1/4" up from the waistline raw edge. Serge the 3 edges of the pinafore bib, leaving the waistline edge open so you can turn it right side out. Press and attach the pinafore skirt to the waistline edge of the pinafore bib. Cut both the neck and waistline ties at the center so you can tie them onto the doll.

Change to red thread and serge the remaining bloomer center seam; the entire bloomer inseam, and the remaining dress seams.

NOTE: cut the velcro strip in half lengthwise and sew into the dress back with your sewing machine.

  1. Dress your doll. "Style" her maxi curl hairdo using the glue gun. Attach hair ribbons, if you like. Also tie two black bows and glue them to the shoes. We've named our doll Vanessa, but you can name yours anything you like. Many doll makers also like to put on a nametag.

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