My current work in progress:

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


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 them by hand with a handsewing needle and thread. The only thing I use my sewing machine for in the doll clothes process is to overcast the raw edges of the pieces after I cut them out. After that, all sewing is done by hand, by my hand. So my dolls are wearing couture clothing.

And no, it was not easy shoving the ol’ needle through the faux shearling. 😉 Not so much because there was any resistance — the faux shearling was surprisingly easy to pierce — but because the fluff got in the way and made it very difficult for me to see what I was doing.

I spend many a happy hour scouring etsy for fabric and trim finds and I am particularly happy when I can find vintage or re-purposed materials that I can use to make doll clothes.

So my dolls are part of the Slow Fashion movement: they wear clothing made by hand from recycled materials. I try to follow their example and purchase clothing from ethical and socially responsible sources.

Monica commented: I’ve so enjoyed seeing all your beautiful period doll clothes. Are you thinking of publishing any of them?

Thank you very much! My doll clothes are all made from other peoples’ patterns (or at least based heavily on them) so I cannot claim them as my own.

So far this week, I have just one doll outfit to share:

Molly is all ready for a sleep-over!

I did finish the knitting on my Aspen coat and that did cut into my sewing time. I still need to sew the coat together and make the lining, and I will do that sooner rather than later, perhaps over Memorial weekend. (P.S. to Brigitte — that is a pocket in the Aspen photo on my last post. I too love how the cable pattern continues despite the break for the pocket!)

I want it complete in time to focus on the next knitting event: Camp Loopy 2017!

Loki is resting up so he will have the energy to provide supervision.



  1. You amaze me with your talent. What are you working on to and from work now? I love the yarn choice for the next Camp Loopy project.

  2. Molly looks adorable in her pj’s;O)) I am going to attempt Camp Loopy as well this year and noticed that you are in my “Brontosaurus” group! Looks like you found your little dinosaur! The Hedgehog Fibres yarn you picked is really pretty.

  3. Barbara A. says:

    Dear Wendy, I just LOVE not only seeing your finished doll clothes but reading about the process. Your attention to detail and your patience are commendable, for sure! Again, Loki would agree! I (and surely others) would love to hear how and when you first started to sew and knit. Did a relative teach you? Did you learn how to sew in what used to be called Home Ec (where I learned)? Maybe no one taught you. You just had a knack for this. I’ll look forward to seeing the next beautiful creation, even if you didn’t create the pattern!

  4. Gina in the SF Bay Area says:

    Hello fellow Loopy camper! What dino group are you in for the first month? Your doll clothes are amazing. I actually learned many of my early sewing skills by making clothes for my Barbie doll. My mom refused to buy the outrageously expensive $1.99 per outfit (1950’s prices), so I made my own. I won’t say my Barbie was well-dressed, but she did have many pieces to choose from.

  5. Hi, Wendy,

    As a knitting and sewing cat lover, I really enjoy your blog.

    Since the mid-90s I have had a small side business selling vintage fabric. I vend at quilt shows when I am home long enough from our sailing adventures to prepare, and I have a handful of customers who email me when they need a specific piece of fabric. Because of our travel, I do not try to maintain an Etsy shop or a website but I do have a good inventory of vintage cottons, both quilting weight and lighter, as well as trims, from the early to mid 1900s. Please feel free to contact me at atinlin at skillsinc dot biz if there is a specific item you are interested in, or perhaps a category of items. I would be glad to tell you what I have and send scans or photos. I have everything from scrap bags to yardage.

    Again, thanks for your fun blog. I am in love with Loki.

  6. Lynne S. says:

    Wendy, your doll clothes are adorable. And beautiful. Aspen’s looking good! So’s Loki.

  7. Wow, knowing they are handmade makes them even more amazing. They are like little jewels in a keepsake box.

  8. Amazing handmade items.