Original Hitty Supplement
In this final installment of Hitty Bee’s Holiday Wardrobe, I’ll show you a few small adjustments you can make to create a new look with this pattern, or make a longer bodice for a lower-waisted Hitty like the Original Hitty herself, or dolls made to be very close to her in measurements.
Lengthen The Blouse
When you begin the blouse, add an extra 1/2 inch to either side of the bodice.
Finish the Bottom Hem
When it’s time to finish the bottom hem of the shirt, iron 1/4 inch of the remaining raw edge on the outside and the lining of the blouse toward the inside, pin in place, and close with a pillow stitch. (Also called a Ladder stitch.) Press the seam with your iron to make it as flat and crisp as possible. The extra fabric layers would make the blouse too thick to wear under a skirt, but it adds a nice flair when worn outside.
Measure the waistline for your individual doll, mark it with a pencil on the lining, and gather. I want this jacket to fit Hitty Bee and my Michael Langton Original Hitty model, so I put the gathers somewhere in between, and test the size of the waistline on both before tying off the thread. Make sure to leave enough room in the waistline so it can slide up a little when Hitty raises her arms.
Fit the Skirt to Hitty’s Waist and Add an Extra Button
When it’s time to gather Hitty’s skirt, fit it to her waist under her blouse, rather than over it. You’ll need to put a button and loop set at the waistline of the blouse and the waistline of the skirt this time. You’ll also need one at the neckline, and I like one in between, so there are four total button/loop pairs on this outfit.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Hitty Bee’s Holiday Wardrobe at the Busy Bee Academy! This is our first Free Hitty Sewing Project but it won’t be our last.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Dear Doll Friends in Hittyland!