Monthly Archives: March 2013

Easy Dresden Plate Doll Quilt and Your Ideas/Creations

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I first wanted to share some cute things made by YOU:

Marlene had a fabulous idea to improve the geta pattern, and the update is here: Geta and sandal update for AG dolls.  See the original post here: https://jenwrenne.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/free-pattern-for-february-kimono-geta-obi.pdf

Isabelle2emily adapted the overalls and free shirt pattern to make a beautiful spring ensemble, perfect for a day of planting flowers (L), and I just LOVE her striped dress (R) which you could make from the fairy patterns:

Pauline used the “Gloomy” and overall patterns to make this cheerful Easter ensemble.  Don’t the buttons remind you of a basket of jelly beans?

Amy requested the LGG “Daydream” dress in this delicate floral print fabric : 

And also chose this batik for a boho/hippie-inspired dress.  I made it by using the free fairy bodice with the “Melancholy” sleeves and skirt (sleeves were lengthened and gathered with elastic).  Check out the idea for a bodice – ribbon was woven through eyelets to make an intricate pattern.  For a bigger doll, you could use more eyelets and maybe two colors of ribbon to weave your design!

I LOVE seeing new takes and fresh ideas on my patterns, so keep them coming!

The girls have finished their quilting bee and here are the results of their efforts (sorry it’s so small, you can click to enlarge):

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This sunny quilt is perfect on a bed for chilly spring nights or for afternoon picnics outdoors!  GET THE FREE PATTERN HERE

And just a reminder there are 2 days left to use the coupon code to get the 1930’s ebook for 20% off!  (scroll down to see it)

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Happy Spring!

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It’s Spring!  Which means a lovely free Spring pattern AND a new ebook full of Spring and Summer sewing fun!

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Designs for this ebook were inspired by vintage pattern illustrations, and drafted to fit a large variety of vintage and modern dolls including (by request) American Girls!   Fitting instructions  are provided to help you adapt to different dolls, and separate sizes and are included for each dress to fit 16-18” dolls like:  Sasha, Kidz n Cats, Patsy Ann, Patsy Joan, Effanbee American Child/Anne Shirley, Magic Attic,  Journey girls, American Girls, etc.

These dresses can be made as modern or vintage/heirloom as you’d like.  Choose batiste or linen with hand embroidery for an heirloom look, or (as shown below) they are lovely in cotton solids or reproduction 30’s quilting prints  There are 7 multi-sized dress patterns as well as bloomers in the collection,  and best  of all they are mix and match friendly, so you can swap most collars and sleeves for a different look.  Machine embroidery designs are also available (in .pes format only) Just put a note to seller in your order and I will include them with the book for free!  All 7 dress patterns, in multiple sizes plus bloomers are $25 (which is a really good deal!) but if you are a blog subscriber you can get it for 20% off until the end of March.  Subscribe to the blog and use the coupon code blog20 during your etsy checkout.  You can get the ebook here 
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When you’ve made them all and have lots of scraps, your dolls can have a quilting bee! 

Pattern for the (easier than you think!) Dresden plate quilt coming next month…

One of my favorites in this collection is the one Kit is wearing on the left,

IMG_8326R12based on a Bleuette dress from 1936.  The original was suggested to be made in yellow wool, but I chose to use the buttons as a focal point, and make it reminiscent of  one of my favorite childhood outfits (made with love by mom!).

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And to get your dolls ready for Easter, help them dye “eggs” (buy wooden or papier mache ones and paint them) and get some small-size chocolate bunnies to tuck in their baskets.  THERE’S A PATTERN HERE to make little bunny or chick  puppets you see above to tuck in the baskets as well.  If you don’t celebrate Easter, shorten the ears to make them teddy bear puppets!

sweet sue pattern

A new free pattern based on Sweet Sue is HERE.