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Native American Inspired Tunic and Skirt for 18 inch dolls
These are instructions on how to embroider and assemble the designs from the Native American Inspired Tunic and Skirt Set. These designs are for a commercial size hoop (8" x 12").

The tunic and skirt fit 18-inch dolls, such as American Girl, Our Generation, My Life As and similar
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You will need :
  • embroidery threads, either polyester or rayon, colors of your choice,
  • either heat-away stabilizer or very lightweight cut-away stabilizer, such as No Show Diamond Mesh by Sulky, Floriani, or similar products by other companies,
  • no-fray faux suede or thin faux leather
  • #12 universal sewing needle,
  • sewing thread of a matching fabric color,
  • a 4 1/2" long piece of 1/4" wide Velcro tape,
  • a 10 1/4" piece long of 1/4" wide elastic,
  • scissors and iron.
Tunic:
There are 4 files for the tunic: tunicfront, tunicfrontMirror, tunicback, and tunicbackMirror. Upload the files into the machine and embroider them one by one.

After the embroidery is done, cut out the parts along the outline and remove the stabilizer.
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Position the front parts face to face, pin, then stitch together along the front edge, seam allowance 1/4". Press the seam open.
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Lay the back parts, face down, over the front parts, face up. Align the shoulder lines. Pin. Stitch together at the shoulder lines, seam allowasnce 1/4". Press seams open.
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Now fold the back parts over the front parts once more. Align the side edges. Pin. Stitch together from underarm to hem. Seam allowance 1/4". Press seams open.
Sew the hoop side of the Velcro tape to the right side of the tunic's back opening, so it faces out. The tape should start at the neckline.

Fold the edge of the left side of the tunic's back opening 1/4" inside, press.

Sew the loop side of the Velcro tape to the folded edge, so it faces inside, towards the doll's body.

With sharp scissors, cut the fringe along the hem and on the sleeves.
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Skirt
There are 2 files for the skirt: skirt and skirtMirror. You should embroider each file twice. Cut out along the outline, remove the stabilizer.
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Sew the stitch outs in pairs for the front and back parts, seam allowance 1/4". Press the seams open. With the back side facing up, fold the upper part of the skirt, so that the upper edge aligns with the embroidered waistline.
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Unfold. Position both parts of the skirts face to face and align the side edges. Pin together and stitch, seam allowance is 1/4". Press the seams open.
Fold the upper edge back along the creased line. Stitch 1/8" from the edge to make a sleeve for the elastic. Leave a 1" opening.

Insert elastic, sew the ends, then stitch the opening closed.
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Now cut the fringe at the hem
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If you want a more modern-looking skirt, you can cut away the fringe part entirely.
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Enjoy!
We also have a set with Native American Inspired Accessories, which can both complement this dress or be used by a modern girl.
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