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~Floral Fascinators~

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This fascinator adds a finishing touch to any Spring outfit.

1/4 size Dolls shown in article: Bergemann Dolls Ambriel, outfit by Cindi’s BJD DesignsPlanetDoll Tara, top by Auguste Designs, pantaloons by Nankatts, KazeKidz Annabella Elf, Dress by Nankatts, Apron by BJDcollectasy.

Materials List:

Fabric (stiffened with sizing recommended)

Sewing Notions: Needle, thread, scissors

Stiff narrow lace, ornate trim, or gathered lace

Clear elastic, wrapped elastic cord or narrow ribbon

silk flower(s)

glue (optional)

optional decorations: ribbon, buttons etc…

Step 1. Decide on a size for your fascinator. I placed round bottle caps on my doll’s head to decide on the correct size.  Once I found the size I liked, I traced it to the back of a piece of material.  I folded the fabric once,  then cut out around the shape leaving 2 pattern pieces with about 1/4 ” extra all around the circle.

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With the fabric pieces arranged together front side inward, I sewed the two pieces of material together along the pencil lines of the circle. Half way around the circle, I stuck the end of my clear elastic (wrapped elastic cord or ribbon can be substituted) between the fabric discs and sewed through it as I stitched. Once I had about 1/3 left to stitch, I turned the circle inside out and basted the remainder closed. As I neared the end, I tucked the other side of the elastic band into the circle and stitched it in place.

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Step 3: I sewed the lace around the outside of the circle. The lace or trim needs to be able to go around the circle without being distorted or stretched. I used tatted lace on all three of my head pieces.

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Step 4: I disassembled various silk flowers. I played with the pieces to come up with the arrangements that best fit on the cloth discs.

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I first sewed leaves as the bottom layer. I then added the flowers on top. If the original flowers were made up of only one set of petals, I disassembled 2 flowers and arranged the 2 sets on top of each other and stitched them together. I also pinched the flower petals at the center holes and stitched them so they were gathered at the bottom. This gave the flowers more dimension. (See below right.)

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For the center of the rose fascinator, I added a vintage button and some vintage pink ribbon. For the other 2 fascinators, I trimmed the fuzzy centers of the original silk flowers down with scissors and them glued them back in the centers of the flowers. (See above left & below.)

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The finished fascinators:

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Bergemann Dolls Ambriel

Planet Doll Tara

Planet Doll Tara

KazeKidz (Kaye Wiggs) Annabella

KazeKidz (Kaye Wiggs) Annabella Elf

 

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