We Wish You a Retro Christmas part 3

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This week we have the “sock” from our “sock full of gifts” series.  There was a version of this stocking for dad too that had a stocking decorated with a pipe and cigarette, which might have been period correct, but seems really strange and unrelated to Christmas.  Since I don’t have a doll fireplace, I attached a loop and hung mine on my tree.   Although one original hope of this series was to give you a craft to do with a child, the pieces for this are really small and even I found it challenging to get the tiny felt pieces to look nice.  There are some suggestions to make it easier in the pattern.

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Get the pattern here

I forgot to share this version of Nanea’s jammies by firstladycpm:

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They have an authentic drop seat and pocket, how cute is that? (click to see more pix)

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I also haven’t yet reviewed the 15″ Big Lots dolls that Janet told me about in October!  Sad to have a backlog of stuff to do for the blog, but that’s one of the things on the list.

In case you’re wondering, yes, I got one and the bodies are pretty much identical to the Wellies in terms of measurements, although the jointing is a little different at the hips so they don’t look exactly the same when standing.  For $15 the price:quality ratio is good and they currently come in 3 different versions, making them a nice, inexpensive alternative to the Wellies!

(above image from http://airbornesurfer.com/tag/3-2-1-contact/)

In other news, it’s only 18 days now until the release of the next GOTY, which could be good or bad.  Jan 1 may not the best time to be considering an expensive doll purchase because Santa may have just brought you one and you will feel guilty getting a new one OR won’t appreciate the one from Santa.  Oh yeah, and you’re out of cash after buying all those other presents!

Of course, if what Santa brought you was an AG gift card…there are some really cool pix floating around the internet of Luciana, should you be inclined to spoil surprises for yourself  by doing searches for her dog or habitat.  🙂  The clothes I’ve seen so far though are kind of uninspiring.  Luciana is in some ways very much like the girl I was at that age!  In addition to dolls, I was super into space and computers (my Apple IIe!) and LOVED a magazine/TV show called 3-2-1 contact.  It kind of feels like the space program was different back then and maybe made more accessible/interesting to the public by the media than it is now.  It’s SO great to have a science-themed GOTY I just might have to get her, even though I already have a Truly Me who looks almost the same…

 

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Nanea’s Pearl Harbor Dress

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Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  Although Nanea’s book was not super engaging for me as an adult, the event did play an important part in her life, and marked the beginning of WWII for the US.  See more here from history.com

This pattern is actually from 1944, which is a little late for Nanea’s time, but similar versions of what makes it unique (the pointy yoke) can be found in commercial patterns from both earlier and later.  This one seems to only have been available in sizes for toddlers.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because I feel AG bodies are very well suited to those styles, but if you want to make something similar for a smaller size doll, check out this post which has something similar but a little easier for Sasha and Hearts for Hearts sizes.

Get the pattern here

We Wish You a Retro Christmas…part 2

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This week, continuing with the vintage Simplicity 1803 we have a sweet little bonnet and bag you can make quickly from felt to match your doll’s winter coat!

Click here for pattern

As I was planning next week’s post, I happened to look at the calendar and realized it’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day next Thursday.  That just cries out to have something Nanea-related!  The final installment of the Christmas projects will be the following week with the stocking and non-sock-doll (more about that later!).

Several people have requested a resize of Nanea’s ruffled dress from here for Wellies, so we could do that OR have have a new dress for Nanea.  Which would you like?

Vote below – poll closes tomorrow!

Your comments…

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update:

Thank you all SO MUCH for your support and kind words! I wish I could hug to everyone who responded – you are the reason I do this blog. 珞  I’ll be back next week with more stuff your dolls will love…

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My apologies if last week’s post was offensive, I responded via email to the originator of those comments, as I do sometimes when a reply to a comment would get too long to fit.  There are many insensitive representations of  not just Pueblo, but all Native tribes online and it’s hard to understand why this blog is being singled out for attack when misinformation is being corrected, for example that this is a Pueblo outfit.  It is sad to know non-authentic Pueblo and other misrepresentations labeled as “Native” doll  patterns are currently available all over etsy and also see here  here  , as well as pixiefaire  and here’s another from pixiefaire .  McCall, Vogue, Simplicity have manufactured patterns labeled as “Native American” for quite some time, including this one labeled as “American Indian”.

Is that OK?  No, but according to the law.

The final rulings in the IACB Protection of Products of Indian Art
and Craftsmanship https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/uploads/03-14827.pdf

§ 309.9 When can non-Indians make and
sell products in the style of Indian arts and
crafts?
A non-Indian can make and sell
products in the style of Indian art or
craft products only if the non-Indian or
other seller does not falsely suggest to
consumers that the products have been
made by an Indian.

As for the term “costume”:

noun: costume; plural noun: costumes

  • a set of clothes in a style typical of a particular country or historical period.

synonyms:         outfit, garments, (set of) clothes, ensemble

  • a set of clothes worn by an actor or other performer for a particular role or by someone attending a masquerade.
  • a set of clothes, especially a woman’s ensemble, for a particular occasion or purpose; an outfit.

It means “complete ensemble of clothing” and on this blog, as in literature regarding costume, it is used for all cultures, for example, on this blog you can find it used in:

this Polish “costume” https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/polish-folk-costume/  or French “costume” https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2016/07/21/marseille-costume-part-2/  and lots of others: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/hooray-new-dolls-and-new-patterns/

Native artists have been representing their culture in doll form for quite a while, including selling those dolls in traditional outfits to non-natives.  It takes a lot of research to find authentic examples among all the inauthentic stuff on the internet.  Learning about, honoring, and appreciating ALL other cultures is something I love.  Sharing that love by disseminating information and helping people learn more about sewing, history, dolls, and other cultures is what is great about this blog.  Correcting misinformation, such as that those incorrectly labeled modern doll outfits I linked at the beginning are authentic, is an educational service that I really take to heart.

It’s sad when someone gets upset without knowing the whole story.  I created this as part of an awesome collection of patterns from various regions that was going to be free for a donation as a fundraiser for http://collegefund.org/.  Whether that will happen with the other patterns now remains to be seen.

 

 

Nanea’s PC PJs

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So Nanea won the poll from last week, and then it snowed, so I went from feeling like pumpkin muffins to wondering where the Christmas lights were but still had to sew something Hawaiian for you 🙂  The observant will notice my sad return to indoor photo-taking, which means worse lighting and settings, but this pattern is pretty great, even if the pix illustrating it are not!

My husband has actually been known to stop a movie when I’ve yelled “NPC!” too much.  In my own little slang, it means “Not Period Correct” and it gets yelled at historical movies whose costume designers seem to have only the vaguest idea of what clothing was worn in the period, or just flat out don’t care.  The worst NPC costumes I’ve seen lately were in a Kdrama called “Bridal Mask”, but Nanea’s pajamas from AG are a close second.  Why?  That remains a mystery when a) she was intended to be a historical doll and help kids learn about a particular period of history and b) things like libraries and the internet and, for this period, maybe even old family photo albums exist.  If you feel the same way, here is one well-researched and authentic  (AKA “very PC”)  PJ pattern for Nanea :

Get the pattern here

 

I forgot about posting the rattlesnake pix from a few weeks ago until I was going through my Nanea picture directory trying to decide which one to post here today.  All of a sudden, there it was again!  Not as scary looking in the photo as it was encountering him in real life…

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Kaya’s coat contest winner!

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Yay!  We have a winner in the Kaya’s coat contest chosen by google’s random number generator based on the number the spreadsheet assigned when you entered:

Congrats to Judith!

AND everyone who entered will get the pattern for her coat and boots!

If you didn’t enter, but want the patterns, they’re available on etsy here

And as promised, we’re back to Nanea this week with a tutorial on how to make doll-size leis from people-sized ones!

Get the lei tutorial here

 When I got Nanea I had a list of all kinds of things to make for her and there are still lots of cute things on the list including accessories, polymer clay food, some “period correct” pajamas, a few dresses, etc.  Now that it’s gotten really cold and fall-like here, it’s pretty hard to think about tropical prints and short sleeves or take her outside for a photo and pretend she’s in Hawaii when I’m freezing and there’s nothing but dead, wet grass and fall foliage at our altitude.  🙂
I sort of think if I’m feeling more like pumpkin muffins and chai than guava bread and pineapple juice, maybe you are too and we should shift to something more fall-like for a while. Then again, maybe it’s still really hot where you are, or it’s cold but you love Nanea so much you just want to keep making stuff for her even if she can’t wear it outside?
Let me know below – this poll is only open TODAY