My current work in progress:

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

Almost Aspen

Here is my plan for the evening:

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This pile of fabric and knitting is my Aspen coat. I finished all the knitting a couple of weeks ago and decided to wait until Memorial weekend to make the lining and put everything together.

I cut out and sewed the lining this afternoon. I created a pattern for the lining out of brown wrapping paper by laying the knitted pieces of the coat on the paper and drawing around them, then cutting out the paper pattern. This morning I cut my fabric pieces and I sewed the lining together this afternoon.

What remains to be done is for me to set the sleeves into the coat and sew up the side seams. Then I need to sew the lining into the coat and sew on the buttons. I may be able to finish this tonight, but if not, I can complete it tomorrow, since tomorrow is a holiday.

I did some sewing this week:

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Elizabeth is wearing a cute Edwardian style dress. I used a Japanese cotton print for her dress. I deliberately selected a somewhat sombre color because this is supposed to be a servant’s dress. The outfit also has a pinafore:

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The pinafore is made from Liberty Tana Lawn.

A couple of you asked in the comments how I rehabbed dolls’ hair. American Girl dolls hair is a wig that is glued on, and it is relatively easy to remove the wig. You can easily glue on a new wig using craft glue. There are several doll supply places where you can order new doll weeks. In fact, I ordered a new wig for Elizabeth because her hair is not in great shape and I haven’t been able to bring it back to acceptable condition using steam and conditioner. I decided she is going to be a red head.

Another question was where I get these doll. They were all purchased second-hand via eBay. The more rehab needed on a doll, the cheaper it is, of course.

I’ve told Loki it’s a long weekend and Momma will be home with him tomorrow. He seems pleased!

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Paging Doctor Molly

She’s all ready for the O/R!

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Actually, the doctor scrubs are not for Molly — they are on their way to someone who is in the middle of an extended hospital stay. She has an AG doll (Julie) who will don the scrubs to cheer her up!

My other project this week:

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This is a Samantha doll — not mine. She came to be with her hair hacked off for me to restore. The girl who gave her a haircut is an adult and having a birthday soon and her mom is giving her back her Samantha. The doll was in nice shape — I just had to give her new hair and clean a few marks off her. I think she looks very happy in her bright new dress!

Q&A

Some questions from recent blog comments . . .

Lee asked: What are you working on to and from work now?

The answer is nothing — I read a book, and have done so for years. The train is usually too crowded and uncomfortable for me to knit.

Barbara asked how/when I learned to sew and knit. I learned to knit before I learned to read — my mother would cast on some stitches for me and I figured out how to knit from pictures in a “How-to” book. As few sewing., I’m not exactly sure how I learned, but I learned how to use my mom’s sewing machine when I was pretty young. I made my first dress at around age 9.

And I did take Home Ec where we were taught to sew . . . except I already know how and was pretty much making my own clothes at that point. This was in 7th grade so I guess I was 12 or 13 then.

Gina in the SF Bay Area asked what group I am in for Camp Loopy. I am a brontosaurus!

And P.S. to Anita — thanks for the offer — I’ll email you and let you know the types of things I am always looking for in case it’s something you happen to have in your inventory!

And Loki says a sleepy hello!

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Slow Fashion

On my last blog post, in response to my showing sewing projects, Gail commented: You must have a terrific machine because it can’t be easy on the ol’ needle sewing through faux shearling. I do have a terrific machine — a top-of-the-line Viking, but I make all my doll clothes by hand. As in, I sew […]

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Knitting Again

After a long hiatus, I picked up Aspen and am close to finishing it! I am knitting the front bands, and I have just a few more rows to go. Once that is done I will need to set in the sleeves and sew up the side seams, then construct and insert the fabric lining […]

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Minky Mouse 2.0

Today I made Minky Mouse 2.0. I found on Etsy a set of 5 vintage mink collars and ordered them for the princely sum of $19.95 for all five of them. This one has a fabric backing. I decided to use this collar first — I would not have to sew fabric on the bottom of […]

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