Monthly Archives: October 2013

Oh my darlin’ Clementine…

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I had hoped to post this last Friday, but Clem did not show up until the end of the week and I couldn’t get all the pictures taken in time.  In the meantime, I worked on customizing my Dal “pinocchio”.  I got her last year and we never really “bonded”.  She had no lip paint to speak of, weird orange eyelids and ugly hair and eyes.  (I bought her because she was cheap).  Anyway, I looked into getting new eyes for her but they are quite expensive.  So I bought some glass cabochons (12mm) and mod-podged on images of actual eyes printed on a laser printer.  You can do a google image search for “eye iris” to find some you like and then modify the color and pupil size in any graphics editing program.

I was originally going for blue like the original, but the green looked better.  I then painted her eyelids, added a little more blush, sanded the gloss off her lips and darkened them with chalk pastels and acrylic gloss and finally put her on an obitsu body.  Her original wig was trimmed and re-styled.  I think we’re going to be friends now 🙂

I was thrilled to see she can easily share clothes with Sasha, 16″ Kaethe Kruse and Kidz n Cats.  If you’re new here because of Clem, click the “about” tab to find LOADS OF FREE PATTERNS

(The overalls pattern in Sasha size)

(from the Feedsack collection)

And fits well into all the NEW stuff I already made for her:

Yep, all the outfits are sized for AGs as well!

You can get the collection here and remember  to use the coupon code 20off20 and save 20% off any $20 purchase! It’s good until Nov. 11

**Any purchase you make in my Etsy shop between now and November 10th is your “raffle ticket” to win the Caroline collection you see here: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/new-patterns-and-tigers-and-bears-oh-my/ if you put the word “Caroline” in the notes to seller.**  (In case it’s not clear, doll, shoes, and socks are not included )  I will put all of your order numbers into a box and choose one on November 11.  If you have made a purchase recently and forgot to enter the drawing, just find your order number and send it to me in an email with the word “Caroline” in the subject.

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New patterns and tigers and bears…oh my!

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Ever wonder happens when you buy one of my patterns?  (Well, obviously, you print it out and go sew)  Me?  I do a little happy dance, and then I add that total to a list I keep on my fridge.  That’s my budget for buying new dolls, fabrics, trims etc.  Buying new fabric and dolls inspires me to create new patterns for you, but you are also encouraging me to produce more free patterns.  I try to give back to the doll community and keep a good ratio of  free patterns to more complex ones that end up being for sale. If you’re thinking, oh… that’s nice… another free pattern, I will share with you some of the emails that I have gotten. There are moms and grandmas out there who literally have to save up to buy the little girl in their life a Hearts for Hearts Girl or Target’s version of AGs.  I have gotten more than one email from them saying they can’t afford to buy patterns or new fabric, but are so thankful they can use my free patterns and cut up old clothes to make things for their little girl’s doll.

The newest collection I’ve created is a Regency era set.  Most of the pieces are based on AG’s Caroline wardrobe, and I was doing this as a personal project, thinking that I might end up with a Carolyn for Christmas.  Well, “Santa” informed me that probably won’t happen, but Lanie was nice enough to fill in as a model.  If there’s going to be a Caroline at your home soon, or your other dolls love to pretend they are in a Jane Austen novel, these patterns will let you clothe them in AG-style outfits for a lot less than it would cost you to buy the “real thing”.  Everything you see below is included in one set of patterns to fit AG-size dolls here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/165050561/regency-sewing-pattern-set-for-american?ref=shop_home_active

And since I won’t be needing any Regency-era outfits, you can have a chance to win the whole collection of outfits pictured above!   **Any purchase you make in my Etsy shop between now and November 10th is your chance to win the whole collection if you put the word “Caroline” in the notes to seller.**  (In case it’s not clear, doll, shoes, and socks are not included )  I will put all of your order numbers into a box and choose one on November 11.  If you have made a purchase in the last week or so and want to enter the drawing, just find your order number and send it to me in an email with the word “Caroline” in the subject.

Need another incentive? Use the coupon code 20off20 and save 20% off any $20 purchase! It’s good until Nov. 11

Last year, someone (I think it was Barb) asked for Halloween costumes that could be creative, like something other than the standard witch, ghost, etc. Well, it took a year, but I came up with something that can fill a wide variety of costume needs!  It can also serve as cozy pajamas, and it’s just adorable when dolls dress up as teddy bears, no matter what time of year it is!
Violet wanted to go as a tiger this year, and Atsuko decided to be a teddy bear. There are no instructions included with this pattern, it’s fairly straightforward.  If you can sew a raglan T-shirt and basic pajama pants, you can sew this.  (CLICK photo to enlarge)

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DOWNLOAD THE COSTUME HERE

I apologize that I did not have time to resize this for Sasha/Kidz n Cats. Enlarging the 13-14″ pattern to 133% should work, although you may need to adjust the length of sleeves and pants.  Quarter inch seams are included.

You know how I said two new historical collections were coming?  Well, the next one has been delayed a bit, because it’s inspired by Molly, who AG is retiring at the end of this year 😦 and Clementine, the new doll from “A girl for all time,” who is supposed to be from the 1940s.  She was supposed to arrive mid-September, then late September, then was supposed to ship this week…well she hasn’t yet, but when she finally does arrive, she’ll have lots of new clothes ready and waiting for her!

Her measurements are similar to Sasha’s, but she is jointed like the earlier Kidz n Cats.  When the company first started, I sincerely contemplated Matilda, but you had to order the dolls from the UK, which meant high postage costs.  They now have a US website: http://www.agirlforalltime.us/ which is offering free shipping at the moment should you want to get one (which really makes me regret pre-ordering Clementine in August!)

So I leave you with a “sneak peek” of what’s to come next week (assuming Clementine arrives soon for her photo shoot):