Bleuette!

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So I took a few weeks off from the blog, and had some time off work, plus a major snowstorm kept me housebound and what did I do with that time?  Well, there are a couple major projects in the works, and I thought I’d give myself a break from them and…um…sew some other stuff.  (Yes, I’m aware how silly that is!)  Also I did a huge amount of digitizing of embroidery designs and my Bleuettes are thrilled!

Yours might be too, because there’s a whole new collection in my etsy shop of Bleuette machine embroidery designs in pes format.

Yep.  You can now make your Bleuette an incredible, embroidered wardrobe in a fraction of the time it would take to do it by hand!  If your machine uses another format, there’s FREE conversion software here: http://www.wilcom.com/en-us/products/truesizerproducts.aspx

Are you running to get it right now?  Use the coupon code 20off20 to get 20% off it or any other purchase of $20 or more through Sunday!

Want to try my one of my favorites from this set?

Download the 1933 Robe de Toile FREE here

and get the pes design here

Don’t have a Bleuette?  It will also fit Paola Reina las Amigas and Corolle Cheries but NOT Hearts for Hearts

If this dress looks familiar, that’s because I did it for larger dolls here: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/hurry-up-spring/

Another Adorable Effner…

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I had thought nothing could top last fall’s doll show find of a Little Darling https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/the-4-season-dress-summer/

But I was wrong.  I got this 10″ Boneka Tuesday’s Child (at far right) for an AMAZING price and am thrilled to find she can share with a lot of dolls I already have!

Are you thinking her outfit looks similar to a Boneka one you’ve seen before?  You’re right!

Click here for the story of her new outfit, with a tutorial on making patterns from ready-made clothes.

There are no instructions with the pattern.  The neckline was faced, the sleeves and hem were bound with bias and the pants were gathered onto a waistband and legbands.  You could also add extra length there to form an elastic casing if you want.

Do you need a chicken to go with Kit’s overalls set? Several people said they did, and I found a really cute, easy, and FREE felt pattern for one here: https://georginagiles.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/diy-felt-chick/

1930s Overalls part 2

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So last week the blouse part of the overall outfit was free, and this week we’ll make the overalls.    BUT again, get it today, because it will disappear tomorrow!

The expanded version of the pattern, available all at once in my etsy shop right now, also includes the blouse with a puffed sleeve variation, a skirt to make the overalls into a jumper AND an additional set of pattern pieces sized for slim dolls like Sasha/Kidz n Cats/Girl for All Time/Kathe Kruse.

 

Yes, there’s actual chicken scratch in her bucket and scattered around her to encourage the chickens to be in the picture.  As you can maybe tell by the less-than-perfect quality of this photo, it’s harder to photograph a flock of chickens than you’d think!  :)

 

**Maru Contest**

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Exciting news from

Maru is holding a design contest on Wren*Feathers and one other blog.  They will choose one winner from each blog.  Details below:

Designers your time has come! Calling all creative people to design an outfit for Maru and Friends. We are looking for the best of the best in the hopes of finding a new Fall/Winter outfit for our dolls. All fabric types are welcome. The contest will run for forty five (45) days, until May 8, 2015, with readers being able to submit up to three (3) original designs. One (1) winner will be picked at the end of the contest period and will be featured on the Maru and Friends social media pages. The winner will also be awarded a $150 designer’s fee* and the possibility of the outfit being a new addition to the Maru and Friends clothing collection. Designers are asked to submit designs to marketing@maruandfriends.com.
*Maru and Friends will retain all rights to the design with the acceptance of this payment
Note:
1.  These must be your original designs, since you’ll be signing over design rights if you win, so sewing something exactly from my patterns to enter in the contest is not allowed.  Using them as slopers to help draft something unique for this contest is OK as long as you’ve changed them enough that they’re your own designs.  Patterns available here
2.  I am not affiliated with Maru, and all I know about the contest is what they’ve sent me to post here, so any questions about contest specifics should be directed to them at the email above.
3.  Need a Maru doll to model your creation?  They’re available at http://www.maruandfriends.com/shop/maru.php and a few are also on Amazon with free Prime shipping at the moment.

Here today, gone tomorrow!

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Well, this pattern was more difficult to figure out than I had anticipated, but I did promise it would be free… So today you can download (FREE!) the blouse part of the overall outfit you voted for a few weeks ago.  BUT make sure to download it today, because it’s going to disappear tomorrow!  Next week we’ll make the overalls.

The expanded version of the pattern, available all at once in my etsy shop right now, also includes a puffed sleeve variation, a skirt to make the overalls into a jumper AND an additional set of pattern pieces sized for slim dolls like Sasha/Kidz n Cats/Girl for All Time/Kathe Kruse.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

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newspaper[image of Kit from http://store.americangirl.com/agshop/static/home.jsp]

 

What?  You want a pattern for this week too?  Ok, fine… :)


Remember when we did shoe school last spring?  (If not, scroll down to find those links) I said that sewn shoes get made as “innies” or “outies” and there was another type called “lasted” which are named for the way they’re made – on lasts.

 This tutorial will show you how to make the lasts, patterns, and shoes for any doll .

There’s also a pattern for a sewn version using any method from the previous shoe tutorials for Maplelea.

https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/shoe-school-104-chukka-boots-and-outies/

https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/shoe-school-103-mary-janes/

https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/shoe-school-102-espadrilles-and-toms/

https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/shoe-school-101/

 

Hurry up, Spring!

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Spring is my favorite season of the year!  The birds singing, the snow melting, and colorful bulbs pushing up through last year’s leaves make it a magical time.  It might even BE spring where you live, but where I live we apparently have a few more months to wait.  And what better way to wait than sewing a dress your dolls can jump into as soon as those crocuses come up?

Maybe it’s because of the abundance of pastels in 1930s prints, but to me many 1930s styles seem “springy” and this dress, shown on a Maplelea Friend doll is no exception:mina with flowers

It’s based on a Bleuette dress from May, 1933, and has been resized to fit Maplelea/AG.  What originally attracted me to it was the lovely cross stitch motifs, but it’s a nice, basic pattern that could work for a lot of modern outfits too!

Make it in T-shirt fabric, iron on a glittery motif and wear with leggings.  Find a fabulous print and take it to the next level with ruffles/ribbon/rickrack.  More ideas are in the pattern.

Click HERE to download

And if you’re still wanting to make stuff to wear right now when it’s cold, check out Anna’s cute slippers here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/129049505@N06/16554605595/

She added a few touches to turn the felted slippers into little mice!

Have you seen the new BeForever limited edition sets?

They are all very cute, but at $48, not exactly an impulse buy.  Is there one you like enough to want to see it appear here as a pattern?  Go check them out, then come back here and vote below for your fave.  Stay tuned to find out the winner!  (poll closes in a week)

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