The Zombie Apocalypse continues at the Brisbane Stitches and Craft Show (20-23 March 2014). Come and visit us at Stand E15 to pick up a Rosie the Zombie Doll Pattern.
Rosie is a 97cm/ 38"tall soft toy designed by Emily Taylor. The pattern doesn't include any diagrams so we thought we'd put together a photo tutorial for everyone who has purchased the pattern to help them if they run into problems.
*PLEASE NOTE - this is only a photo tutorial, the pattern must be purchased and is not included here.
|Designer Emily Taylor with her Rosie doll from the Riley Blake booth at the Houston Quilt Market last October.|
With right sides together place the SKIRT FRONT and SKIRT FRONT LINING pieces together, right sides together. Sew along the sides and bottom using a 1/4inch (6mm) seam allowance. Clip corners and turn right side out.
Repeat for the SKIRT BACK and SKIRT BACK LINING pieces.
Fold and press the pleat on the SKIRT FRONT, each side of the pleat should be folded over approx. 1inch (2.5cm).
Fold and sew bias tape to cover the raw edge on top of the SKIRT FRONT and SKIRT BACK.
STEP 2: Shirt
Fold and sew bias tape to cover the raw edge on top of the BLOUSE BACK and the long diagonal edge of BLOUSE FRONT A. Fold under the short curved edge of BLOUSE FRONT B and sew in place. I have used one of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine.
STEP 3: Face
Trace or freehand draw all of the face markings onto right side of the BODY FRONT piece. You can use chalk or an erasable fabric pen for this.
Sew over the lines using either a decorative machine stitch or hand embroider. If you are going to use a sewing machine stitch I would recommend fusing interfacing or stabiliser to the wrong side of the face to give the fabric a bit more structure and help avoid the fabric puckering with the machine stitches.
Fuse the lip fabric to a piece of Vliesofix (you can also use a fabric glue pen), cut out the lip shapes and remove the backing paper from the Vliesofix and fuse the lips in place on the face. Stitch around the raw edge - I used a zigzag stitch to help minimise any fraying.
STEP 4: Hair
Place the FRONT HAIR piece on top of the FRONT BODY piece. I used 505 Basting Spray to hold it in place. Use a decorative machine or hand embroidery stitch to cover the bottom raw edge of the hair.
Repeat for the BACK HAIR and BACK BODY pieces.
STEP 5: Clothing
Place BODICE FRONT B onto the FRONT BODY piece. Place BODICE FRONT A on top so that the raw edge of BODICE FRONT B is covered. Baste BODICE FRONT A and B into place, stitching 1/4 inch (6mm) in from each side.
Sew along the top diagonal of BODICE FRONT A 1-2mm in from the top edge of the bias binding.
Place BODICE BACK onto the BACK BODY piece and baste in place 1/4inch (6mm) in on each side.
Place SKIRT FRONT onto of the BODY FRONT piece so that the edges line up and the raw edges of the bodice pieces are covered. Baste into place 1/4inch (6mm) in from each side.
Repeat to attach the SKIRT BACK onto the BODY BACK.
STEP 6: Arms
Fold under the bottom edge of the SLEEVE pieces and stitch in place.
Place one SLEEVE on top of an ARM piece, baste in place. Repeat for the other ARM.
Fold the ARM pieces in half with right sides together and sew down the side and around the bottom curve using a 1/2inch (12mm) seam allowance. Trim back the seam allowance, clip (or pink) the curves and trim off the corner seam on an angle. Turn the ARMS right side out.
Stuff each arm firmly but leave the top inch or so free of stuffing. Baste the top opening closed.
STEP 7: Legs
Trace or freehand draw the leg markings onto right side of one of the LEG piece. Fuse a piece of interfacing/stabiliser to the wrong side of the leg. Machine or hand embroider over the lines.
Fold the LEG pieces in half with right sides together and sew down the side and around the bottom curve using a 1/2" seam allowance. Trim back the seam allowance, clip (or pink) the curves and trim off the corner seam on an angle.
Turn the LEGS right side out.
Stuff each leg firmly but leave the top inch or so free of stuffing. Baste the top opening closed.
STEP 8: Assembling your Zombie
Pin and baste the arms into position on right side of the FRONT BODY piece.
Pin and baste the legs into position under the skirt on the right side of the bottom of the FRONT BODY piece.
Place the BACK BODY on top of the FRONT BODY. The arms should be sandwiched in between the two pieces but fold the legs down so that they sit outside of the body.
Sew around the outside of the Zombie's body starting a the marking 1/2" up from the bottom of the body on one side and finishing at the marking on the other side.
Turn the doll right sides out. If any of the seams don't sit flat trim them back a little or clip/pink them, especially on the curves.
Stuff your Zombie firmly with Toy stuffing, fold in the bottom 1/2inch (12mm) seam allowance.
Sew the Zombie closed with a ladder stitch.
Finish off Rosie's face by sewing mis-matched buttons onto her face.