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Jumala | Posted in Photo Gallery on

The trousers, camisole & shirt I made. The trousers need a longer fly and the CF needs to be lowered. The camisole & panty are for an AG doll, the panty’s waist and leg openings are too big. The shirt is a year old. I don’t bother to iron stuff I wear except during the construction process. Enjoy!




  1. LadyTaraC | | #1

    Good job with the sewing, Dennis.  Your trousers look GREAT!!  Have you been sewing for a long time?

    1. Jumala | | #4

      No. Only 5 years. Did the trousers last spring at some semester-length sewing class along with the doll stuff. Had to make fake back pockets as they did not come out. Well, next time. I sew because of my size. Not too many interesting shirt/slacks my size. Office clothes aren't too diff to find, but casual clothing is. Currently making a long cuffless sleeve shirt with golfing fabric. Should make a living room pillow for the office fund raiser.


  2. dionna | | #2

    GOOD JOB maybe I will teach my son to sew

  3. solosmocker | | #3

    Very nice work, Dennis. Awesome job on the trousers, both fit and construction.

  4. Tangent | | #5

    What's an AG doll?  

    Nice job on the sewing! I think a lot more guys would sew if they didn't think their peers would tease them about it.  There's also the issue of having only so much spare time, and so many things to do...

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Jumala | | #6

      AG Doll is American Girl Doll. It helps that I don't have an interest in the Packers or other sports, so I can devote the time to clothes making.


      1. Tangent | | #7

        Hi Dennis,  I Googled the doll, and that was an interesting trip! I'll look for them next time I'm shopping.  So you make doll clothes, as well as your own?  Do you also design your own patterns?  Have you made many outfits?

        Happy sewing,


        1. Jumala | | #8

          The doll is mainly avail thru their website or their Chicago store. Target has a similar doll that is slightly skinnier. I have both. Some lady at work has a GD with the AG doll and wanted some under clothes for it. The catalog has none but the Chicago store does. The Target clothes are too skinny for the AG doll to wear.

          I use software by Wild Ginger for men called Tailor Made. Just learning how to use it. Took awhile to get the sloper to fit properly. Next project is a winter coat. My current coat is so dirty that people are afraid to sit next to me on the bus, thinking that I am a bum. I do clerical work for a living. 

          Have taken several sewing classes; a beginner's several years ago and an ongoing project class, whereby one brings in a project, use the sewing machines, sergers, whatnots and have questions answered by an instructor. Usually 13 3-hour classes per semester at a community college. Can hear all the ladies talk about their private lives! Many come to these classes each semester and know each other quite well. I am resting this semester by not attending.


          1. Tangent | | #9

            Hi Dennis,  you can pick up a lot of useful information from books, and magazines such as Threads, but sometimes it's nice to have someone show you how, or help discover where the problem is, or share some new ideas.  As you get better at sewing, one day it will be you who's helping someone else.

            Even better, would be if you've inspired some other men to give sewing a try!

            An idea for making your own dollclothes patterns-  build the item right on the doll. Cut out the pieces from paper towels, and hold them together with masking tape. Paper towels are not so stiff as paper, it will behave more like cloth.  If you mis-cut a piece, just replace it. Label each section, and draw details such as darts, CF, button placement, etc. (Be careful not to put marks on the doll).  Then carefully cut the sections apart on the 'seamlines', and spread them out flat. Use the pieces to draw your pattern on paper, and add seam allowances.  Test your pattern by making it up in scrap fabric.


            Have fun,


            Edited 10/2/2007 8:51 pm by Tangent

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