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

Happy Fall! A new outfit and contest!

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Don’t worry, we’re not done with Nanea – she’ll be back next week!  It’s just that fall officially begins tomorrow and the colors and light this time of year are so pretty I had to take advantage of them with a new fall coat for Kaya!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a contest though, and this one is pretty great…you don’t even need to sew or take pix or figure out how to post anything online! 🙂

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I had the fabulous opportunity to test the new Xero Coalton shoe/boot.  I’m completely in love with barefoot shoes, (Read why I switched to barefoot shoes here) but once sandals go away there aren’t a whole lot of super attractive options out there for dealing with cold weather. Read a complete review and see lots of pix of the Coaltons here.

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Although they’re technically labeled as “men’s,” when it comes to shoes I will always choose fit and function and couldn’t care less about the gender labels on them.  But some women might shy away from them for that reason and I’m here to tell you not to!  They are GREAT!  They can be styled to look feminine, especially with skinny jeans or leggings and your dolls will love them too.  Yep, that’s where the contest comes in!

My Kaya and I both love our new fall coats and I even made her a version of the Coaltons:

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My jacket is Simplicity 1067 with a re-drafted sleeve cap, (I’ll spare you my rant about that) and both fabrics were from Joann.  Seriously, how cute is that?  Both fabric patterns are the same, just one is large and fleece and the other is scaled down in flannel!  You could totally do something like this for a child/doll matching outfit combo!

Want the patterns for Kaya’s coat?  How about winning her coat?  You can!  Here’s how:

 

Find out the answers to the questions in this quiz and you will be entered to win the coat in the pic below!  Everyone who enters will get the awesome new pattern for her blanket coat, which includes both hooded and collared variations and her Coaltons!  The deadline to enter is 9/27/17. 

Patterns will be sent out and winner of Kaya’s coat will be announced 9/28/17.  If you don’t want to enter the contest, the coat pattern will be available next week in my etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/jenwrenne

And you can go to the Xero shoes website to enter to win your own pair of their new boots: https://xeroshoes.com/boots/?_ke=amVud3Jlbm5lQHlhaG9vLmNvbQ%3D%3D

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Happy Fall from Kaya!

 

How does anyone need a quilt when it’s that warm?

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Well, I can’t answer that question because I live in Colorado.  Usually once or twice during a (mountain) CO summer it stays nearly 75 inside at night and for me, it’s way too hot to sleep under a quilt if that happens!  I checked a few Hawaiian weather forecasts though, and they were pretty much 75 for the low and 85 for the high all the time. How anyone needs extra warmth to sleep at that temperature is beyond me, but Hawaiian quilts are a beautiful and well-known art form, and you could always make them with very thin batting if needed for where your doll lives!

Click here for tons of patterns and ideas to make your doll a Hawaiian quilt!

Nanea’s ruffled dress

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Wow!  So many people are in love with Nanea and LOTS of you bought the new collection of patterns, which makes me think, “People want more for Nanea!” 🙂  But if you went to the AG store (in Denver anyway) this weekend they were out of pretty much everything for Nanea except her PJs, fishing set, swimsuit and bed.  So, in case one of the things you wanted but couldn’t buy was her school dress, here you go:

Download Nanea’s ruffled dress pattern here

Oh wow…scary encounter shortly after this pic was taken!  After packing up all our gear, we walked about 10 feet away from this spot where we encountered a RATTLESNAKE!  I shrieked and ran, DH stood where he was and pulled the camera back out.  I’m nice enough to spare you those pix though 🙂

 

 

Komo mai, Nanea!

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I haven’t been this excited about the release of a new AG since Cecile!  What a gorgeous new face mold with pretty green eyes and beautiful, flowing hair.  The original AG pictures of Nanea were released in February I think, and her face looked very much like Ashlyn’s to me, so I got her in the hopes she could be a little sister and started drafting patterns which were then resized to fit Nanea.

The result was this new  big sis/little sis “1940s Island Collection”.

In contrast to my previous 1940s collection, which had clothes for all seasons, this one includes all warm-weather clothes with an authentic looking muumuu and really neat, historically-correct bathing-suit-lined dress.  Nanea and Ashlyn are so sisterly looking it was tons of fun to set up scenes from a different point of view.

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Generally, I’m just trying to show the outfits to their best advantage, but for this collection I actually found/bought/made some accessories and thought the pictures through, trying to tell a story or emphasize a relationship of two sisters with some of them, rather than my standard (unwritten) caption of, “Look how cute this doll/dress is!”  No, I haven’t read Nanea’s book yet, so I don’t actually know if she even has a little sister; I’m saving it as my reward for finishing everything on my blog to-do list. 🙂

You can get the whole Island Collection now on Etsy and guess what?  I signed my shop up for their labor day sale which starts today and runs through Monday.  EVERYTHING in the shop is 20% off during the sale with no minimum purchase!  Because the Island Collection just got added, for some reason it’s not showing up with a discount in the sale, so I’ve lowered it to $20 for this weekend as its sale price.  After that it will be $25.

As you might have guessed, the next few weeks will focus on Nanea with sewing projects and crafts.  The first of them is this ukulele.  Soon to follow are (in no particular order) a Hawaiian quilt, a few dresses, quick-to-make leis, maybe some polymer clay food and printables.  Have another great suggestion?  Post a comment!

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Get the ukulele pattern here

A Lottie Wardrobe

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Lots of Lottie goodies this week!

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First of all, a “housing your Lottie” guide is here

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A free pattern for cute and easy felt clothes is here

And finally, a set of basic patterns to make a variety of play and dress clothes for Lottie is here

 

And your last SSA reminder:  If you missed the first deadline, you can enter until July 31 on this form and you will get your Nosy pattern Aug 1.