Monthly Archives: September 2014

Maru and Friends works in progress…

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I usually try to post on Fridays, but work and life get in the way sometimes.  Although I still have a lot to do, I thought I’d share a few of the things I’ve already finished making for my Maru Tanya as well as  my Inspiration for a Modern Maru Wardrobe.  With any luck these will be available as patterns in the next couple of weeks, and of course, there will be FREEBIES too!

Dolls are sold here http://www.maruandfriends.com/ You might notice my Tanya is an older model, the newer ones have a different wig.

You can see (and pin) these pix from my flickr page here

Sasha’s purple blouse…and mine

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Wow, I didn’t anticipate such a response to the Maru dolls!  Remember in June when I did that survey about what you’d like to see on the blog?  Maybe one person mentioned Maru dolls.  And all of a sudden, a flood of people said, “Yes!  Make patterns for them!”

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So I will.  A few more even said, “I voted no, because I don’t need patterns, but would still like to see pix of what you make”  A few of you are already sewing for them.  Click here to see a French blog with tons of nice sewing and knitting for Maru and many other dolls.   She has used some of my slim doll patterns for them, adding an extra .5cm (that’s ~.25″) around the outside.

Along with about a dozen other projects, there are several things in the works for Maru and friends.  As soon as the paperwork fairy appears at my work and waves her magic wand, sparing me from about 20 hours of reports and IEPs, I will get them out to you!  🙂 For right now, here’s a blouse I made for Sasha over the summer.

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Sasha reads to baby while sporting an authentic 1970s embroidered blouse (click to enlarge)

Yes, it also fits Kidz n Cats and should fit Hearts for Hearts dolls copied at 77%.

I know you want it to fit AG Julie too, right?  It might not be a perfect fit, but I would suggest copying at 120% and shortening back to its original length.  You’ll probably need to shorten the AG sleeves back to its original length too after enlarging.

Click here to download pattern

(link for free embroidery design is in pattern)

Maru and Friends

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Have you heard of Maru and Friends?  (If not, you can see them here and Toy Box Philosopher did a very detailed review here)

Whereas AG has their finger on the pulse of what real girls want to wear right now, many Maru outfits seem really dated.

Take a stroll through the mall …the trends right now are skinny jeans, graphic prints, and bright colors.

Absolutely NOT flared, embroidered jeans.

Wonderful blouse but…seriously?  Pleated gingham culottes?  With cargo pockets? 😛

These outfits definitely do not do justice to these beautiful dolls, so I ordered Tanya about 2 years ago, when they were having a sale and figured I would sew lots of cute stuff for her.  All of Dianna Effner’s dolls are beautiful and Tanya is no exception.  They did a nice job on the face painting and chose high-quality eyes.  I was thrilled until I pulled her out, stripped her down (yes, clothing was nicely made also) and saw her body.  Hmmm.   Her shoulders seem to come up too high and slope steeply, and then her legs look too thin to support that oddly-shaped torso.  I measured her, and found that she’s not the same size as ANY other doll I have, nor could I easily scale another doll’s clothes up or down on a copier to fit.

Here’s a picture comparison of KnC, Maru (Tanya) and AG

And a more detailed chart of measurements (in inches):

bust waist inseam arm between shoulder
20″ Tanya (Maru) 10.5 9.5 7.5 6.5 4.25
18″ AG 11.25 11 6.5 5 4.75
18″ Maplelea 11 10.75 6.5 6 4.5
18″ Journey Girl 10.25 10 6.25 5.75 3.25
18″ Magic Attic/Carpatina 9.5 8.625 6 5.5 3.5
18″ Kidz n cats (original mold) 8.5 8.5 6.5 5.5 3

I hunted and hunted all over the internet for patterns and found nothing.  After making her a few things with AG patterns I had lengthened, and being less than pleased, she went back in her box and I forgot about her.

Fast forward to now…still can’t find any patterns for sale, so it looks like I need to make some!  I strolled around the mall, got ideas from current kids clothes, and Tanya is out of her box and being fitted for a fabulous wardrobe!  She’s shown in my muslins of jeans and blouse below.  They need a little tweaking, but overall, I’m pleased 🙂

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Sooo, now I’m wondering whether to do this as a personal project or share it here on the blog.  If no one needs patterns for these dolls, I can save myself a lot of picture taking and typing by keeping this a personal project and not putting it up on the blog.  On the other hand, if you have a Maru Friend who’s clamoring to be dressed in something cute, maybe you’d like to do some sewing for her!

Should Maru and Friends patterns appear on the blog? Please vote here!

It’s just one question and will only take a second!

Update: The survey is closed, thank you to everyone who voted!

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