Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter! New Spring Outfits for Dolls

I would like to wish all of my blog readers a very happy Easter! I have been very busy sewing with the extra day off that I had on Friday. I made two peplum tops, Capri pants, and a pair of shorts. I really like the peplum top pattern by Liberty Jane. The pattern calls for a zipper in the back, but instead I put a Velcro closure in the back. The Velcro closure is more kid friendly. It's easy to get on and easy to get off. Another feature that I really like about this pattern is the sweetheart neckline. 
Grace modeling the teal peplum top and yellow Capri pants

I made the Capri pants from the Cute and Casual pattern by Chris Lucas Designs. I chose a yellow cotton fabric. It goes well with the yellow in the top.

Mary Ellen modeling another peplum top and shorts
The second top was made from an aqua, pink and green floral cotton fabric. This outfit has a pair of green shorts made from the same pattern as the Capri pants. Both of these outfits are listed in my Etsy shop. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and sign up for my newsletter.

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Outfits for 15 Inch Dolls

I recently started adding more outfits to my 15 inch baby doll clothes line. The clothes I make are made to fit dolls such as Bitty Baby dolls. I'm hoping to increase my line of baby doll clothes and even include a whole layette set. One of the patterns that I really like is the romper dress pattern by 18 On Main. This pattern has two styles, a pleated version and a gathered version. So far, I've only made the gathered version. I love that the pattern is so versatile. There are so many possibilities with this pattern. You can find her patterns on the Pixie Faire website.

Peach and pink calico dress with matching headband

 The headband in the picture above is not included in this particular pattern. It is in the Ann Arbor pattern by MyGurls.

Pink and green owl print dress with white piping at the bodice
I added white piping to the bodice in the owl print dress that is pictured above. You can do so much with this pattern. Lace to the bodice or around the bottom of the dress would be a nice addition.

Cute watermelon dress

I found the cute watermelon button at a Etsy shop called Visions of Whimsy. She makes cute handmade buttons.  

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Princess Seams

My latest outfit project was a sixties style dress from a pattern by Forever 18 Inches. I really like this pattern. It will be perfect for Julie and the new American Girl Beforever doll Melody who will be coming out sometime this year. I learned something that I had never done before. This dress has princess seams in the front and the back of the dress. Princess seams give a dress shape without actually having to make darts. When I first started to sew this dress, I got really confused on how to do these particular seams. I saw that the center front piece curved inward and the front side pieces curved outward. And I thought, this is never going to work! But I sat down and just started pinning one of the side pieces to the center front and I realized that what you have to do is to ease the curved part in. It also helps to hand baste the seam. If I had watched a You Tube video on it before I ever started it might have cleared things up a bit. Here is a You Tube video that I found on how to sew a princess seam. The directions would be about the same for this pattern except your seams are going to be 1/4 inch instead of 5/8 inch. The next time I make this dress, I will follow her guide and stay stitch the center front and back.

I have included a photo of the second dress that I am making by the Good Vibrations pattern. This is a picture of the front of the dress. I really like the finished look that it gives to the dress. I think that I remember my sister wearing a dress similar to this. I also love the bell sleeves. It's so sixties!

This is the wrong side of the dress. I pressed the seams in toward the center of the dress.
I really enjoyed making this dress. I hope that it will inspire you to try something new. 

Here is the final product. An orange paisley sixties style dress for 18 inch dolls.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

On this last day of 2015, I thought that I would review what's been going on with me and my dolls. This has been a great year but it has not been a year without some sadness too. In April, I lost my dad to cancer. It really put a damper on my doll clothes business. For several months after we found out that he had cancer and that it was terminal, I just did not have a will to sew. It took a lot of joy out of everything that I did. I went on and lived my life as usual but without the joy that I used to get out of it. Anyone who has lost someone that they loved would probably understand. And then when he passed away, it took me several months afterwards to be able to get back in the swing of things. But I finally recovered and I'm ready for an even better 2016. I had 2 great craft shows this year. I usually only do the one craft show but I'm wanting to do more now. I really like being able to talk to people face to face. The Etsy shop is great but I really like to interact with live customers. But don't worry Etsy shoppers, I'm not giving up my Etsy shop anytime soon. I also love it when I get a sale with Etsy. I love to hear that little "ca-ching" that sounds on my IPAD. One thing that I got for Christmas that will really help me to stay on top of my blogging, is my HP laptop. We had an old Vista computer that was about to bite the dust. My daughter was constantly on it so instead of fighting with her for the computer, I would just wait when she wasn't on it. I also got a JoAnn's gift card from my mom so I can spend that on making plenty of doll outfits for next year. I also bought myself a new American Girl doll. I got Mary Ellen. She is so cute. I'll be sure to make lots of 50's inspired outfits. Also, be on the look out for more tropical themed outfits for the newest GOTY doll. My latest outfit is one that I just finished and listed today in my Etsy shop. It is a Red Holiday Party dress. This dress would make a great gift for Valentine's Day.

My newest doll Mary Ellen

My latest outfit Red Holiday Party Dress

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Doll Background Tutorial

Several months ago I did a tutorial on my other blog on how to make a doll background or play set. I thought that I would post it here on this blog in case anyone missed it. I sometimes like to use these backgrounds when I take photos of my doll clothes that I sell on my Etsy shop but they are also great to use as doll rooms to play with. The great thing about these backgrounds is that you can fold them away under a bed and they don't take up a lot of space.

First you will need a big cardboard box or one of those cardboard display boards for school projects works nice too.
One big cardboard box will make two rooms. I just cut the tabs off and cut the box in half lengthwise.

Then once I have my cardboard box cut, (it would probably be easier if you just used a cardboard display then you wouldn't have to cut it) I can choose some pretty pieces of scrapbook paper to use as wallpaper. You could also cover it with some Contact paper if you like.

After I chose my paper, I can piece it together on my cardboard and glue it on with a glue stick. Make sure that the edges are glued down real good.

Next, I put a coordinating piece of scrapbook paper on the bottom half and glued it down. Then I made a little window at the top. I cut a scene out of a magazine and used a piece of construction paper as the window pane. I found that the magazine Southern Living has a lot of good pictures for scenery.

Here's an example of the background that I made.

And here is one of the sets that I made being used as a doll room.
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. And maybe you might want to try one for yourself. They are really much more inexpensive than making a whole doll house.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas!

I would like to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year! My family and I will be heading down to Tennessee to spend the holidays with my mom. I've got some great plans to make some more cute outfits in 2016 so be on the look out for them. Valentine's day will be coming up and I'm planning a new dress for that. 


Friday, December 4, 2015

New Dresses for Christmas

They are not pictured here but I also have white gloves that go over the elbow and shoes to match.
I have been busy sewing and I really like my latest dress. It is a gown that was inspired by Disney's Frozen. The gown was made from the Princess Anya pattern by Love U Bunches. It looks great on Caroline. If you live somewhere in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I will be at a craft show in Sanger, TX next weekend. You can see it there.
I call this the Ice Princess dress.

It has a very pretty white satin ribbon belt that ties in the back.