I’ve pressed the hankie into a bi-fold front after measuring it around Kiki’s torso. It is just shy of fitting her.
I solved the problem by inserting a piece of silk ribbon to make it about an inch larger in circumference.
The rough ends of the ribbons have been folded back to
The stitching is moved to the left, just enough to keep the the scalloped edge free.
Sewing the second scalloped edge to the ribbon is a bit trickier. Sewing this edge turns the “dress” into a tube and the fabric tends to get in the way of itself. The best way to handle this is pin the other edge of ribbon to the hankie and then turn the tube inside out. Sew slowly for more control of the fabric.
It’s like sewing inside a bag. The dark edge is actually the bottom edge of the “dress.” If this technique proves too difficult, you can sew this side by hand.
Start by pinning the elastic into place. I set the end of my elastic at one edge of the ribbon, so that it doesn’t close in the center of the front.
With the elastic in position, set it under the sewing needle. Make a back-tack stitch to secure before you begin sewing.
To get the fabric to gather, you must stretch the elastic as you sew it into the “dress.”
It helps to pull on the fabric behind the needle to keep the fabric moving forward. A specialty elastic foot can be used if available.
Secure end of elastic with extra stitches. Cut away excess elastic.
The original Kiki wears legging shorts in the story book. This dress is long enough to not need leggings.
Enjoy the process. We’d love to hear from you and receive photos of your Kiki dolls. Would you like a tutorial on how to make Kiki’s leggings?