My current work in progress:

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


Almost Aspen

Here is my plan for the evening:

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:

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:

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!


  1. Laritza says:

    I did not realize Aspen is lined. Looking forward to the FO

  2. All of these pictures demonstrate how beautiful neutral greys and taupes can be – Even Loki! I especially love your Liberty lining for Aspen.

  3. Looking forward to seeing the finished Aspen.

    Love the doll clothes and especially the fabrics you chose. Live Liberty Lawn; it sews like butter! Thank you for sharing your doll tips and answers to folks questions. Every once in a while my sister finds those dolls at garage sales usually at dirt cheap prices. She fixes them for her 3 granddaughters that love them. Thank you for sharing Wendy!

    Always love Loki photo’s!

  4. I have really enjoyed seeing the sewing going on here at Wendy Knits (and Sews). I am a knitter who also sews and have found my knitting taking a back seat lately, too. I do a little hand sewing but have not tried clothing and am contemplating getting a doll so I can dabble ins ome hand sewn clothing, or maybe to make up for never having had a Barbie.

  5. Barbara A. says:

    Ohhh, Wendy….you continue to amaze me with your knitting AND sewing! You are BEYOND talented! You do such beautiful work! ?

  6. Chris Reeske says:

    Love the fact that you’re lining a sweater. I’ve never tried it. Where do you sew the lining to the sweater? Do you make the button holes thru the lining ?

  7. Brigitte says:

    I love the little outfits you’re putting together! Sewing really is addictive…

    Are you planning on maybe knitting some little sweaters for the girls? (My apologies if you’re answered this already!) How cute would a little Fair Isle or Aran sweater be!!!

  8. I, too, am very eager to see your lined Aspen. Many years ago, I knit an oversized jacket which is still in great shape, but at least once a season, I think about lining it. Maybe this will be the year that happens 🙂