My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


We Interrupt This Knitting Blog

I have done some knitting, but my progress is less than usual:

I have taken a bit of a detour lately. Sewing!

This little dress is made from vintage Liberty of London cotton and lace. I sewed the entire dress by hand, in two evening last week. No knitting took place.

And today I made this:

Doll jammies! The fabric is a sweet cotton print I found on Etsy, and they are trimmed with lace and red soutache braid. I used my sewing machine to make the jammies.

This evening I return to knitting. But there is a lot more sewing in my future.

Loki doesn’t know how he feels about that.


  1. Love the dress and PJs! I’ve spent many happy hours sewing for dolls. Small = cute!

  2. Is the doll in the jammies named Mini-Me? And if so, did you make yourself a matching pair?

  3. Barbara Archie says:

    Oh, Wendy! You are so talented! You do such beautiful work!

  4. Very cute! Sewing doll clothes is a challenge because all the pieces are so small. Nice job!

  5. Darling! Inspiring me to dustoff my sewing machine.

  6. Thar American Girl is very lucky! Does she have a slightly larger human companion who will get a child-sized dress and set of jammies?

  7. I love the dress the jp’s you made. And to do the total dress by hand! WOW! I make doll clothes for my 3 nieces for their 18″ dolls; a challenge for sure. Loki must be contemplating a response to his mama’s sewing instead of knitting.

  8. Anna Housholder says:

    The dresses you made for these dolls are sweet. They are so beautifully made. Yes, at times one just wants to do something different.

  9. Thank you, guys! The dolls are older ones that were in need of some TLC and restoration. I’ve cleaned, restrung limbs, and in the case of the red head, gave her a new wig. (She was a brunette with a bad haircut.) I bought 6 American Girl dolls via eBay and am in the process of restoring them and making an outfit for each one. Then they will be donated to a children’s charity — just need to find the right one. The pajamas, by the way, are not part of the project. They are a birthday gift for a friend of a friend to go with her new American Girl doll.

  10. Love the doll clothes, but am I seeing coasters with Felix Vallotton’s Two Cats image on them behind the doll in her jammies? I so love that image.

  11. Adorable! The red roses look like Liberty of London Tana Lawn Elizabeth? (I only know that because I just bought some. ;0 ) They are both SO pretty – feel free to interrupt the knitting blog any time. Also, I would love to know what your machine is.

  12. Gail, the red rose print is not Liberty — it is “Windermere Linen White 18611 11 by Brenda Riddle for moda fabrics” — according to the description on etsy. 🙂

    My machine is an oldie but a goodie! A Husqvarna Prisma 990, purchased on February 15, 1986 (I still have the receipt). It still sews like a dream!

  13. What a nice thing you are doing! Great idea, refurbishing and dressing the dolls! I make a lot of AG doll clothes for my granddaughters, both sewn and knitted.

  14. Sharen Warren says:

    What a special project. Lovely fabric and beautiful work!

  15. Helene Ross says:

    I’ve knitted a victorian mutton sleeve coat with mohair trim for an American Girl doll and sewn: a velvet medieval dress, a Japanese kimono, african ensemble, english horse back riding outfit with boots and hat (a vogue pattern, never again), and a nightgown and matching nightgown for my daughter. And probably a few more I can’t remember. They are so satisfying to make.

  16. Charlotte Nay says:

    I love the doll dress and jammies, you’re just soo talented! Loki is just as adorable as ever!!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  17. Very impressed with the sewing! And all done by hand? Wow!

  18. Love the doll clothes! I have always wanted to learn to sew. Did you sew the dress with a back stitch?

  19. I sew and quilt as well as knit, so I look forward to your forthcoming sewinig projects!! Great job on the doll clothes.

  20. Wendysews! What a fun charity idea that will make some little girls happy. I’m impressed that you’re handsewing the doll clothes.