Monthly Archives: July 2013

Hooray…new dolls and new patterns!

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Hearts for Hearts dolls has been teasing us with Mosi for a very long time now. At first, I wanted her as a Christmas present (That was in 2012) but she wasn’t out yet. Then I wanted her for my birthday (which is in January) and she still wasn’t out yet! Finally in March they posted on their Facebook page that she would be available this summer along with Shola, an incredibly beautiful new doll who is supposed to be from Afghanistan. To celebrate the arrival of the doll I have waited for for such a long time, blog readers are getting a free pattern! When Mosi was originally introduced, she was supposed to be Navajo, so the outfit I created for her is a traditional Navajo skirt and blouse.

You can download it here  It’s sized for Mosi as well as American girl and Magic Attic, just in case you haven’t gotten around to getting Mosi yet.

Guess what else?  There are 2 new pattern collections!


The first one is a set that represents many of the countries that the Hearts for Hearts Girls come from, including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, India, Mexico and more. Not only do they fit the Hearts for Hearts Girls, they are also sized to fit larger dolls like American Girls, Kidz n Cats and Sasha.

The second set is a unique concept I came up with to re-create most of the folk costumes of Europe!  These patterns are sized to fit slim 16 to 18 inch and AG dolls, and include instructions for how to adapt them to fit Hearts for Hearts.

When I put out the Feedsack Fun book, I did get a couple of requests to remove and sell individual patterns from the book. The way it was structured, it was difficult to break it up into individual patterns.  So this time I am breaking up each collection into parts.  You can get Europe or each of the other individual countries’ patterns separately, or broken into two sets – Europe and Ethnic set#1.  For all my wonderful blog subscribers, for the next three days you can use the code blog20 in my etsy shop to get 20% off if you buy both collections – that’s 245 pages of pattern pieces, photos, inspiration and instructions.

Click here to see the collections:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/jenwrenne

If for some reason you are having problems with Etsy, please email me and I can send you a PayPal invoice instead.

Not into ethnic clothes?  By request, the overalls and motorcycle jacket patterns are being resized to fit AGs!  They will be bundled into the patterns that fit the slim dolls.  Look for them in the etsy shop in the next few days!

Vote for the next FREE Mosi/Kaya project or submit a fabulous idea here:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DBHWTYM

Bleuette dress from 1933 – made easier!

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Sometimes I feel heirloom-y, sometimes quick and easy.  Here’s a way to do fancy heirloom-look picot-edged stitching quickly and easily with your sewing machine to make a (resized) Bleuette dress from 1933!

Download a version to make for your Sasha/KnC or AG here

And in other news, my huge summer project is nearing completion! Since May I have been working on this nearly every day, and now the patterns are ready, the outfits have been sewn, the embroidery has been digitized, the text has been written and most of the pictures have been taken.  All that remains is a whole lot of editing and a few more pictures to take.  I anticipate being able to release it next Friday, and of course there will be a new free pattern to celebrate! There are a couple of you that already know what this collection is going to be, including my mom who doesn’t like dolls but spent hours proofreading, (thanks, Mom!) but as a hint for the rest of you I will give you two words:  Mosi and Shola

Make a Waldorf doll for your doll!

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Have you always wanted a Waldorf doll but been scared by the fancy materials and intimidating head construction?  Well, my Sophie doll, despite being made of plastic, prefers to play with Waldorf-style toys.  I whipped up this one for her from scraps I had around the house. You know, accessories are half the fun of doll play!  No matter how pretty her dress is, a doll can always look better holding something cute like a doll of her own.

Click here for pattern and tutorialIMG_9246R1

 

A new take on the heirloom sundress and a T-shirt project

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Happy Canada Day!  (or not…)

There are a lot of awesome things about Canada, including my favorite band, Great Big Sea.  Canada Post and Maplelea do not make my list, though.  Just as we have American girl dolls, Canada has Maplelea Dolls, and  couple of years ago they came out with a new one named Saila.  She is from Nunavut, and has some amazing outfits, including an amauti, which is actually made by Inuit seamstresses in Canada.  When I tried to order her, and her amauti, the shipping cost via Canada Post was $37!  Keep in mind here that they will ship for a flat rate of nine dollars anywhere in Canada.  But they also say you can call or email them for a quote for international shipping.  So I did, but they never responded!  I can only conclude from that, that they are either so nationalistic they refuse to sell to Americans or doing so much business that they can afford to ignore customers who want their products.

So, I had been hoping originally that this post would be an outfit for my new Canadian doll, to celebrate Canada day, which is today.  But since Maplelea didn’t want my money or a little bit of free positive publicity on my blog, instead I bring you a project for any doll…

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As well as my new German doll, which is a Sophie Heidi by Käthe Kruse.  She has the same measurements as Sasha except arm and leg length, but (so sorry, Sasha sweetie!) is even better proportioned.  You can see it clearly in the photo of the two of them below.

I was going through my box of Sasha clothes, looking for something for my new doll to wear when I found this:

It was based on a dress for a much smaller doll by Boneka, which was yellow batiste with hand embroidery and cost $40.  (image below  is from http://letsplaydolls.com/ in case you want the “real thing”)


My version is just plain cotton with machine embroidery I put together to replicate the original.  Apparently I had put it away because it is a little too tight for Sasha. The more it sat out staring at me, the more I wanted to make it work, but I had no idea what pattern I used to make it.  So, using the heirloom sundress pattern free here:  https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/august-free-pattern-for-kidz-n-cats-and-sasha/  I redid the dress in a different style.  You can too!  Just shorten it to hip length and add a double skirt.  You can widen it also to fit AGs.

Did you know you can make your machine embroidery look more like hand embroidery? One thing that is a dead giveaway of machine embroidery is super shiny rayon thread.  Instead of this, you can use matte polyester thread (which may be hard to find) or, even better, DMC makes an all cotton thread especially for machine embroidery!

See the difference between these two dresses?  The white one was done using all cotton thread and the other with rayon.