Monthly Archives: August 2013

Cheries

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Je vous présente ma nouvelle poupée :  Corolle Capucine  – Je sais qu’il y a au moins deux d’entre vous qui peuvent lire cette phrase! 🙂

Ok, enough of my possibly incorrect French…so many people have asked me about sizing for these dolls I decided to order one.  (They’re pretty much the same size as Hearts for Hearts, and yes, the pattern for her padded jacket is coming…)

capucine

In case you haven’t figured it out, my new doll is a Corolle Cheries doll, and I have to say something great about her:  In general, the photos a company puts out to promote their dolls often look a lot different, and sometimes better than the doll looks in real life.  (Kathe Kruse, I’m talking to you!)  Capucine is an exception in that she looks better in real life, what a nice change!  And she was dressed in red, pink, and black but had NO STAINS!  🙂  These dolls are a little squishy to be huggable.  It bothered me at first, and then I started to like it.  She smelled like play-doh for about a week and that smell has now changed to a light vanilla scent which I’ve started to like.

I do still feel Hearts for Hearts have a better quality to price ratio, as well as being more poseable with their ball-jointed necks and arms with a better range of motion, but these dolls are quite nice.

I also ordered this book:

It is only available in French, and readily available on amazon.fr and often amazon.ca, but if you are looking for it in the US, you will need to be patient (mine took 3 weeks to arrive) and maybe willing to pay a little more.  You can search by ISBN to find it: 2848314796 and as of this writing there are 9 copies available on amazon.com

I am not someone who will lightly sing the praises of things. Nor am I one of those bloggers who gets loads of free things from companies to “review” (AKA provide free advertising).  I pay for things myself, and present an unbiased review.
I was so pleased with this book! I’m in the middle of designing some historical patterns that are somewhat complex, and this book provides a happy distraction from them.  I would say that all the things in this book are easy to sew.  Many of them are variations on a theme, but those variations are so different they don’t get boring. There is a costume here for every conceivable thing your Cheries could want to do. There are outfits for around town (modern things), vacations (ethnic outfits) and historical garments. While the authenticity of some of the ethnic and historical things is questionable, all of the outfits are absolutely lovely and have a naïve, handmade look. Even if you don’t speak French, the patterns and pictures make this book accessible to anyone with advanced beginner sewing skills. The only thing I found mildly annoying was that all of the patterns need to be enlarged on a copier before you can use them, and they all have a different enlargement ratio.  Although the book is a little expensive if you are ordering it from outside of Europe, it does have 40 different outfits and I think is a pretty good value for the price.
Some of the outfits included are:
Schoolgirl
Nurse
Fashionista
Dancer
Gala
Arty
Working girl
Bride
Chinese
Creole
Peruvian
Balinese
Kimono
Polynesian
Scottish
Lakota
Oriental dancer
Sari
A variety of costume-y type fairy patterns, which are variations on a basic ballgown
Witch
Pirate
Historical costumes include: ancient Rome, Renaissance, 1920s, 1880s, ancient Egypt, 1960s, 1910, prehistoric, 1950s and Empire

You can look inside the book on amazon.fr and .ca, but here are a few more pictures: (I am SO making that pirate costume for Halloween!)

Hey, look what I found!

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A few weeks ago I was reminded of a bunch of Addy patterns that I had forgotten I had made.  I was looking for them on my computer, along with some Karito patterns I remembered and also couldn’t find, but I did randomly find this:

Yet another set of patterns I had forgotten I made.  (Makes me want to open every file in that directory and see what other treasures are lurking there!)  It’s a set of summer patterns originally for Daisy, a doll made by Kestner in 1911 and given away by Ladies’ Home Journal as a prize to girls who sold magazine subscriptions.  Illustrations are by Sheila Young, the artist of the Lettie Lane paper dolls  I drafted these to fit my Daisyette, so these patterns will work for her or Bleuette.  You can enlarge them at 150% to fit Sasha/Kidz n Cats or the actual-size Daisy, although you will probably need to lengthen the skirts a bit and possibly shorten the long sleeves.  DOWNLOAD IT HERE and save it while you can, as I may eventually start taking down old posts/files to make room for new stuff.  Enjoy!

Make a one hour doll wardrobe

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There is a new line of dolls by Käthe Kruse called Marie Kruse Stylista.  They are basically the standard Toni dolls, with differently painted eyes. They come with two sheets of clothing that kids can cut out and adorn with glitter and rhinestones and rearrange in a variety of ways as well as separate clothing packs for more possibilities.
I was so excited by this wonderful idea, that I ordered one.  Well, when I got her I was kind of disappointed. Mine came with her wig glued on sort of sideways. She had not been secured into her box properly and by the time she arrived her face had several shiny spots rubbed onto it. I could have dealt with that if the clothing were great, but what I got in the clothing package bore no resemblance to the promotional video you can see here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmjd_7Q3gXs (I love that they dressed the girls in the same outfits as the dolls!)
It looks like you will get an entire wardrobe of coordinating clothes.  What I actually got was a bodysuit and bag out of blue and green striped fabric, and a long T-shirt dress, pants and a shawl out of rainbow striped fabric.  Oh, and a whole bottle of gold glitter glue and a package of red rhinestones.  So, not only was I mildly dissatisfied with the doll, I was really dissatisfied with the clothing selection.  For $100, the doll did not even come with shoes, and had mismatched clothes.  In her defense, you can buy her in Europe for a lot less – I found her on a German toy website for 59 Euros and free shipping, which right now is about $78.  So I sent her back, and ordered a somewhat more expensive Elea Julie doll instead.  I’ve been having a lot of regrets, because the concept of the Stylista clothing is pretty darn cool.  Not to mention the fact that Julie was HORRIBLY STAINED!  I mean, really, who uses magenta thread to serge the inside of a doll garment?  That’s just begging for stains.  Anyway, after two weeks slathered in zit cream and wrapped in saran wrap she was better, and I replicated a similar wardrobe for my Julie.  A lot of the pieces in the MK line are just simple cylinders that can be used in a number of ways, such as arm/leg warmers, or larger ones that could be used maybe as a skirt or a hat or cowl or tube top or….

The original clothing looks like it was sewn on a huge industrial embroidery machine.  It comes with the interfacing still attached, with white sewing lines and red cutting lines.  The clothing completely lacks any kind of fasteners or finishing, but I think that’s part of the charm.  Random bits of scraps can be used as headbands, belts, scarves, etc.  I was able to make everything you see pictured in just under an hour!

DOWNLOAD IT HERE  It will not fit the Marie Kruse dolls, but if you have one and are a seamstress, obviously you can trace that clothes that came with her and sew lots more.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote and comment!  Results of the voting from the last post are:

Yeah, it was pretty close so there are two things in the works right now...

Update:  I regretted sending back the Stylista so much, that I ordered another one and it looks like maybe I had gotten a bad one, because the new one was fine and her clothes matched.  Although there weren’t as many pieces as the girls in the video got and, seriously, no shoes for that price?  Anyway, I found out she fits Sasha clothes if you print/copy them at 90% (may need to lengthen arms if it’s long sleeved) and fits AG clothes copied at 70% although they need a bit of tweaking and lengthening also.  I’m in the process of creating a cute set of fall clothes as well as a coordinated combo for her based on this:

I know the AG fans saw and probably wanted this in the latest catalog and then saw it was $90 and thought, “If I only had the patterns I could make it for free!”  Stay tuned!

Overalls for all seasons!

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So you know how I’m all about versatility?  Overalls don’t really seem versatile to me, but I had a request to resize them and found a way they could work for two seasons in this cotton plaid.  I cut them short for summer and added cuffs, but the plaid is autumn-y enough that with a few additions the same piece works for fall too!

The patterns for the overalls and motorcycle jacket have been available for the smaller dolls for quite a while, but the patterns now include an AG size as well! You can get them here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/jenwrenne

If you bought the older patterns after etsy changed to digital downloads I think you may be able to re-download them with the new pieces if you need to.  If you can’t make it work or got the patterns directly from me and you need the new pieces just let me know!  Hat and boots are from McCall 6480.

If I decide I can bear to part with it, the fall version of the outfit may be in my etsy store in a few days unless someone wants to buy it directly from me.  It will probably be $65+shipping and includes overalls, tank top, leggings, boots, hat, bag and motorcycle jacket.  (I’ll pay shipping if you save me the hassle of listing it!)  Thank you for your interest, it has sold.

Also – don’t forget to vote for the next free Mosi/Kaya project herehttp://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DBHWTYM  I’ll close the survey at the end of this week!