Eek Boo Shriek’s 18 inch Doll Witch Fabric Panel, by Carina Gardner and Riley Blake Fabric – Sewing Pattern Review
Description: This is fabric panel, from the “Eek Boo Shriek” collection by Riley Blake Fabrics, designed by Carina Gardner. The witch dress sewing pattern, pre-printed and designed fabric pieces, and all instructions are printed on the fabric panel. One panel makes one witch dress, with matching hat, to fit an 18″ Doll, like American Girl. There are three different colored panels to choose from: black, purple, and orange. I chose the black fabric panel because I wanted a traditional halloween witch feel for my American Girl Doll Witch Dress.
Pattern Sizing: One Panel makes one complete witch dress with matching hat for an 18″ Doll. Think American Girl Doll Size.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. It looked exactly like the pattern photos and video, which were online on Carina Gardner’s website.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. The instructions were clear, especially while watching Carina Gardner’s “how to” video on YouTube. Carina Gardner Eek Boo Shriek Witch Costume Tutorial Video Link.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I used the black and orange colored panel for my doll witch costume. The first thing I noticed was the quality of the fabric. The fabric was a nice, thick, but not stiff, cotton fabric. The over-all pattern design and colors were high quality, vibrant and detailed. The lace-up bodice detail, with buckle belt and the jagged edge detail of the skirt, gave an authentic witch look. The witch hat was adorable and the matching lining gave the hat a professional finish.
The pattern instructions were easy to follow, especially when combined with the YouTube tutorial video. Using a pre-designed panel, made sewing the doll dress hassle and fuss free! The whole witch costume come together so quickly, It was like I finished sewing, before I even started. Because the lace on the bodice, belt buckle was printed on the fabric, I did not have to worry about buying a bunch of additional notions, which is usually the most expensive part of making doll clothing.
Sewing the hat was the part that I dreaded the most because of the smaller size of the hat. Watching Carina Gardner’s tutorial on YouTube gave some great tips which made the hat much less frustrating. After the doll costume was complete, the hat was my favorite part!
Fabric Used: Riley Blake Designs – Eek Boo Shriek cotton fabric panel.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! I would definitely recommend this fabric panel pattern to anyone sewing doll clothes. It was the perfect Halloween Witch Costume for the American Girl Doll. The panel had the right amount of detail to give an authentic witch look.
Conclusion: Using a pre-printed fabric panel, is a quick way to make doll clothing. The instructions were clear, especially when combined with the Carina Gardner YouTube tutorial video. The fabric was very high quality, with nice printing, colors, and the right amount of detail. I used a combination of serger and standard sewing machine to construct the dress and hat. A serger was not necessary in the construction; I used the serger to give the interior of the dress a nice finish because the dress was not lined. The pattern was designed for an 18 inch doll and it fit the American Girl Doll perfectly. I am experienced at sewing, which made this project go together quickly.
I enjoyed making this doll witch costume so much, that I decided to offer the panel in our Sew Dang Crafty Etsy Store – Fabric Panel Link. I hope you enjoy the doll costume as much as I did. I would love to see posts of your finished doll clothing. Please share them in the comments, or on our Sew Dang Crafty Facebook Page.
I have a couple completed doll witch costumes listed here: Sew Dang Crafty Etsy Store – Finished Witch Doll Costume Link.
I was not paid, nor did I receive product for this review. As always, Happy Sewing!