My current work in progress:

Aspen, designed by Michele Wang, knit from Elsa Wool Woolen Spun Worsted Weight Cormo

Slippery Slope

This whole doll clothes creation thing is a slippery slope. I’ve gone from having not sewn anything in 20 years to possessing a decent size fabric, lace, and trim stash in a remarkably short period of time.

Several of you asked where I am finding these patterns. The answer is — a number of different places. For the most part, I’ve been buying old patterns from the “big” pattern companies (McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick, and Vogue) on Etsy. You can get sewing patterns for a just a few dollars there and all the ones I have bought have been new and unused.

Another option for doll clothes patterns is buying them via pdf download. There are lots of pattern-makers selling doll clothing patterns via Etsy. There is also a website that has patterns from a number of different “indie” designers: PixieFaire. A nice thing about PixieFaire is their “Freebie Friday” — if you sign up for their email list, you’ll be notified each Friday of a free pattern. It changes every week and is only free for a short period of time.

So a couple of weeks ago I found a very sweet doll dress pattern on Etsy, this one:

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I purchased and downloaded the pattern. And I noted the following about the pattern:

  • No list of materials or any indication of how much fabric is required.
  • The pattern pieces do not include any seam allowance!
  • Some of the pieces are unmarked as to what they are.
  • The skirt pieces are only partial and have length notations on them for cutting the pieces — some of the notations are correct and some are obviously incorrect.The written instructions are very sparse and were written in another language and translated into English using translation software (the seller is apparently Ukrainian). For “fold” she uses “bend” and for “elastic” she uses “rubber band.” Totally incomprehensible.

The only saving grace is that there are lots of pictures so I could figure the pattern out. So just to prove that I could, I made a version of the dress. I estimated the skirt pieces. After all, if my skirt has a few more or fewer gathers, it is not going to matter — it’s a doll’s dress! I had purchased off eBay a set of fat quarters in coordinating fabrics so I used those.

Please excuse that I have not yet thoroughly ironed the dress, but here it is:

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There are a few obvious differences between mine and the original. We’ll call those “artistic differences. ”

Loki is not sure what to make of all this sewing but he is happy as long as I don’t attempt to dress him up!

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Sundays Are For Sewing

I do still knit, honest. But I am really enjoying getting back into sewing. Here is today’s project:

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A dress and pinafore for Kirsten. She’s been feeling the love because she got some new footwear this week.

Dala horse clogs!

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Knit boots!

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Ugg boots!

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And in other news, Loki has become adept at selfies.

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This and That

Thanks for your lovely comments about my American Girl doll project. I sent out the first three dolls last week and they arrived at the Butterfly Ministry yesterday. You can see them on their Facebook account.

Several of you asked where I got the dolls to refurbish. I got them all via eBay. There are always lots of AG dolls for sale that are in less than perfect condition, so you can get them for a relatively reasonable price.

Today I made a dress for one of my dolls:

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And I am working on the right front of Aspen.

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Loki is helping by standing in my lap while I attempt to accomplish something.

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Roll Call

First of all, my review copy of  60 Quick Knitted Toys: Fun, Fabulous Knits in the 220 Superwash® Collection from Cascade Yarns® is on its way to Naomi R. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Roll Call!

Here are all eight of my little urchins, all dressed up and ready to leave for new homes.

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I restrung the limbs on all these dolls, cleaned them up, removed any marks and stains, and got everyone’s hair in shape. Some of them got new wigs, some got some deep conditioning, and some just needed some brushing and styling.

And I sewed little outfit for each one.

These dolls are being mailed in groups of 2 or 3 to the Butterfly Ministry for Girls in South Carolina. The first group of 3 dolls is setting out on their journey tomorrow. The Butterfly Ministry, located in South Carolina,  provides to girls living in area foster homes,  group homes, and shelters American Girl dolls of their very own. If you would like to donate to them, do check out their website, linked above. There are many different ways you can give. And it’s such a great cause!

An appropriate charity to highlight on International Women’s Day I think.

Loki is just happy that these 8 little interlopers are leaving.

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60 Quick Knitted Toys

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve got a couple of books to review. Here is the first one:

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This is 60 Quick Knitted Toys: Fun, Fabulous Knits in the 220 Superwash® Collection from Cascade Yarns® by Sixth&Spring Books. As you may have surmised from the title, it contains patterns for 60 knitted toys and all of them are made from Cascade 220 Superwash. 🙂

I looked on Ravelry for the book listing, and for some reason, only 25 of the 60 patterns are listed there. But they will give you an idea of the patterns in the book. And what cute patterns they are!

Here’s a sample:

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Shaggy Sheep by Sandy Prosser. The shagginess of the sheep is achieved with a clever loop stitch.

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And this Argyle Bear, by Karen King Garlinghouse, is knit from Cascade 220 Sport Superwash. I love that his argyle “sweater” is knit right onto his body.

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And this is just brilliant! Castle Set by Megan Kreiner is a set of modular pieces that you can put together to create a castle. And you can add pieces whenever you feel like cranking out another piece.

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I love that you can add a king and queen and dragon, for which there are also patterns in the book!

Like all the books in this series, this is a great deal if you have the need or desire to create a lot of toys. Since the patterns were created by a number of different designers, there is a lot of variety and something for everyone.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the giveaway for my copy of 60 Quick Knitted Toys: Fun, Fabulous Knits in the 220 Superwash® Collection from Cascade Yarns®, please leave a comment on this blog post.

We’ll pick a winner at random at 11:00am Eastern time this Sunday, March 5, 2017.

Last but not least, here is the Little Prince.

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