Where’s Jasmine?

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Ok, time for the next contest!!

Jasmine is west of the Mississippi.  She’s pictured below dressed for the 40th anniversary of an annual event that just happened in March.  First 3 people to guess exactly where she is (specifically the building she’s in!) win the new pattern collection available here!  Post your answer here: https://www.facebook.com/wrenfeathers

So, a Carpatina Julia joined our doll family recently and demanded to be dressed like a princess.  With my love of other cultures and their clothing, the one or two European princess dresses I was going to make expanded into a collection of 6!  And then the AGs got jealous and it just spiraled out of control.    :)

The collection “officially” comprises:  Medieval England, Renaissance Italy, Ming Dynasty China, Ancient Egypt, Medieval Persia, and a modern sort-of Princess…the Jingle Dancer Powwow princess pictured above!  But lots of the patterns could be used for other things too.  With a bit of imagination, the Egyptian one could turn into a Balinese dancer, the Chinese one could turn into a Korean Jeogori and you could probably even shorten the medieval English dress and turn it into a modern Irish dance dress or even something from the 1940s.

Carpatina Julia in a “tomboy” version of this princess “dress” using just the bodice with leggings.

A girl for all time Clementine as “Lady of the Lake” – Medieval Celtic Princess

Carpatina Julia in an Italian Renaissance gown

My AG “Violet” as an Egyptian princess

Magic Attic Rose as a medieval Persian Princess

Pattern also includes a Powwow Princess jingle dress and Ming dynasty Princess.  See more here

Also, by request, more patterns are available for Saila (or other 18″ dolls).  You can now dress her for winter in an arctic parka called an amauti, or summer, in a calico parka called a kuspuk (pictured below)  Both patterns available as a set here.

With all these new patterns, I’ve reactivated the coupon code 20off20.  Paste that in at checkout on etsy and it will take 20% off your purchase of $20 or more.  It expires at midnight on April 15th.

A spring/summer hoodie for Hearts for Hearts and resizing tutorial

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From time to time people ask me stuff like “How did you learn to sew?” or “What kind of sewing machine should I get?”  A question I’ve been meaning to address for a while is:

“How do you store your doll clothes?”

There are probably more doll clothes than people clothes in my house.  Smaller wardrobes and sets (like the 1940s collection, for instance) get stored in clear plastic bins by collection.  Random things I make get stored in large bins categorized by doll, and sometimes divided up in the bins with bags.  Like a large bin for AGs might have bags inside of skirts, shirts, pants, etc.

I’m embarrassed to admit my dolls generally sit around the house…unclothed.  Apparently they’ve discovered that if they stick around in one outfit too long I stop sewing for them, but if they don’t have anything on it urges me to sew something.  They usually wear a new outfit for a week or so and then it goes in a bin.  It’s not the best system ever, since stuff gets wrinkled and then I have to iron it if they ever want to wear it again.

I’d love to know how you store yours!  You can share as a comment or on https://www.facebook.com/wrenfeathers.  While you’re there, check out the adorable  dress Eva Lotta resized for her Paola Reina!

Speaking of resizing, a huge thank you to Marlene who helped with the Ballerina/Ice-skater conversion to AG size for Isabelle.  Both sizes are now included in the pattern, and if you already have it in the smaller size and want the AG pattern pieces just email me!

 

And yet more resizing…in fact, a free tutorial and pattern for this hoodie  in 14″ doll size

 

Get the resizing tutorial and hoodie here

Coming soon:  Another installment of “Where’s Jasmine?”  and a new pattern collection for all three sizes of dolls!!

I’m not saying Mooshkas are not adorable…

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In fact, I have succumbed to temptation and purchased a couple myself, and I like them a lot.  They do however, violate my personal rule that the only reason to have a doll is to sew and craft for it.

I have a couple of other minor issues with them:

  • First of all, they look like they were sewn by hand, when in fact, the designs are printed on them.
  • There is not a whole lot of ethnic diversity in their product line
  • Their name seems to imply that they would be soft and squishy.  Does anyone remember Puffalumps?  They were super squishy, whereas the Mooshkas are firmly stuffed.
  • Their clothes match their bodies so well that it seems pointless to sew for them.  Anything you could make would never match as well as the outfits they come in.

So, in case you haven’t guessed yet, I made something kind of similar that you can sew for.  It has a flatter profile, more like a paper doll, lacking the gussets and 3-D shape of the mooshkas which makes it easier to sew and more “homemade” looking.  It’s also larger, with thicker limbs and less tightly stuffed, to be more huggable.  One of the best parts of making this was choosing fun colors for skin, eyes and hair.  What about making her as a fairy with green or blue or purple skin and flower-petal pigtails?  She’s holding one of the new smaller mooshkas available at Target right now.  I machine embroidered her face, but had such problems with the stitch density and puckering that if I ever make another it will be with a painted or hand-embroidered face.

moosh fixed

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download pattern here

Do you crochet?  You will LOVE this cute version: http://amigurumibb.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/mooshka-dolls/

Want a paper craft?  Check out these:

http://www.mooshka.com/scripts/global/downloads/media/papercraft/mooshka_prints_ina.pdf

http://www.mooshka.com/scripts/global/downloads/media/papercraft/mooshka_prints_dasha.pdf

Sorry, it’s been a while…

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Did you miss me?  Probably you didn’t notice I was gone… :)  Just as my neck was finally feeling better enough to sew after my car accident, I was drowned in IEP paperwork and parent-teacher conferences, so you’ve all been craftier than me lately! Here are some new ideas people have shared to inspire you:  (I did my best to link to their creators or where these were originally posted, if one of these is yours and doesn’t link right please let me know!)

Margo used the Hogwarts shirt pattern to make a blouse with unique cuffs for her unique (OOAK) KnC:

And Eva-Lotta did a very nice job sewing faux leather to make this toasty jacket and skirt for her KnC:

Marge made the Fall gathered pocket skirt for Spring.  Modeling it is her new Toys R Us Journey Girl, and if you’ve ever debated getting an inexpensive 18″ doll you just can’t go wrong with them.  They are leaps and bounds nicer than the Target dolls, and cost only a little more (around $32).  All of them have beautiful face sculpts and eyes, with a solid neck plate which allows for wearing tank tops without a fabric body showing AND gives them tilt-able heads.  Added bonus?  They’re a bit smaller than AGs, so if you make something that comes out a little too tight, the JGs are thrilled to have it.  :)

Carol made two sizes of the Navajo outfit to go with a storyline for AG and H4H.  She says  “This is my imagining of the Route 66 adventure Molly went on, and that the little Navajo girl, whose clothes Molly admired, actually gave her an outfit to wear!”

Can you guess what pattern this next one came from?

Believe it or not, Elisana used the Halloween pattern to make this cute reversible jacket!  (Click pix to see more on her blog)

Have you made something you’re proud of lately?  Share a pic here

Speaking of Facebook, Jasmine was in Chichicastenango, Guatemala for the last contest.  Kayla and Clemetine were “vacationing” there when they met her and they made a scrapbook of their travels you can print and fold into a doll-size book.  Folding instructions are here   scroll to the page that says:  “Folding the magazines and diary”

Get the tutorial for the huipiles she was selling here

And an embroidery design I digitized based on photos of the “real thing”.  One will fit in a 4×4 hoop, but requires re-hooping.  The other is for a 5×7.  I think I have a way to post these now, so you don’t have to email me for them, let’s hope this works!!

SMALL .pes huipil design

LARGE .pes huipil design

A bunch of fabulous new patterns and another “Where’s Jasmine” contest are in the works for (I hope) the end of March…stay tuned!

Where’s Jasmine?

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Some updates and the next contest:

Queen of Hearts 1

Craig Sharp of http://sharpdresseddolls.com  was nice enough to resize the Queen of Hearts for AG dolls!  It’s going to be used as the March sew-along project on the SGOT AG yahoo group.  If you are not a member, you can join here:https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SGOTs_AmericanGirlDollGroup/info

Craig’s version can be downloaded here  The original version for slim dolls is here

**CONTEST****CONTEST****CONTEST****CONTEST****CONTEST****CONTEST****CONTEST**

Where’s Jasmine?  She’s in a country famous for brightly colored weaving.  She is almost 6500ft above sea level in a town with a 400 year old church.  This church was built on the foundation of a (knocked down) pagan temple.  Interestingly, the 18 original pagan temple steps are still used by priests of that religion, who burn candles, incense and occasionally chickens, to their gods.  Tell me what town she’s in and win one of what she’s selling… Post your answer on Facebook HERE.  Winner will be chosen randomly from all the correct answers posted in the next 24 hours and I’ll post some pix of her there as soon as at least one person guesses correctly… 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I meant to post this last year and Hinamatsuri got in the way.  Don’t know what that is?  Click here http://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/hinamatsuri/ to find out…also to see what my photos looked like before I got better at image processing.  :)

Anyway, I made this Queen of Hearts dress last year for Sasha and Galina, but if you have Girl For All Time Matilda, it would look perfect on her too!  Before you ask, no, it is not sized for AGs and I have no immediate plans to do so.

galina queen hearts castle(click to enlarge…background is from publicdomainpictures.net)

Download Queen of Hearts Dress Pattern Here 

*****If you are making it for Sasha or Girl for All Time shorten sleeve by 1/2″ (~1cm)******

Other fun stuff:

A lovely photo of Galina in the mola blouse from Murray

And check out costuraquasereta’s blog for another look for the fall blouse and, I think, A-line skirt

A size chart of different doll feet  I traced to help with your shoemaking/buying

Made something from a Wren*Feathers pattern?  I love seeing your creations!!  Send me a link or post it here:  https://www.facebook.com/wrenfeathers

Stay tuned … a new installment of “Where’s Jasmine” is coming soon!!

And not doll-related, but…

School-based SLPs do a difficult job with little to no recognition [long rant deleted]  If your child gets speech-language services at school, stop at the grocery store, get a little box of Valentine’s candy and stick it in the SLP’s mailbox at school with a little note saying  “Thank you for working with______”.   I promise, it will be the nicest thing that happened to her all week!  

Maplelea Boots!

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So, I finally got around to making Saila’s boots (kamiik) into a pattern for you.  Maplelea doll feet are about the same as Karito kids, which means they’re too long and thin to fit most AG shoes.

Now you can make her some like these!

Download kamiik pattern here (yes, 1/4″ seams are included)

Also, in other news, the fleecy fun resizing is complete and you can get the pattern here.  Although it wasn’t my original intent when I first conceived it, it actually turned out to be quite a nice unisex pattern that works great for boy clothes too: