Spring is my favorite season of the year! The birds singing, the snow melting, and colorful bulbs pushing up through last year’s leaves make it a magical time. It might even BE spring where you live, but where I live we apparently have a few more months to wait. And what better way to wait than sewing a dress your dolls can jump into as soon as those crocuses come up?
Maybe it’s because of the abundance of pastels in 1930s prints, but to me many 1930s styles seem “springy” and this dress, shown on a Maplelea Friend doll is no exception:
It’s based on a Bleuette dress from May, 1933, and has been resized to fit Maplelea/AG. What originally attracted me to it was the lovely cross stitch motifs, but it’s a nice, basic pattern that could work for a lot of modern outfits too!
Make it in T-shirt fabric, iron on a glittery motif and wear with leggings. Find a fabulous print and take it to the next level with ruffles/ribbon/rickrack. More ideas are in the pattern.
And if you’re still wanting to make stuff to wear right now when it’s cold, check out Anna’s cute slippers here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129049505@N06/16554605595/
She added a few touches to turn the felted slippers into little mice!
They are all very cute, but at $48, not exactly an impulse buy. Is there one you like enough to want to see it appear here as a pattern? Go check them out, then come back here and vote below for your fave. Stay tuned to find out the winner! (poll closes in a week)
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Carnaval/Carnival is celebrated in many countries of the world as a sort of “last hurrah” before Lent. Traditions range from dressing up in costumes and eating fried food (Europe) to parades and “King Cake”. In the US, it is usually short, and centers on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Pączki Day in Chicago). Apparently, in Quebec City, it’s a looong festival that ends this weekend. Unlike many other areas of the world, where this time of year is warm and pleasant, the Quebec version is all about snow…the mascot is even a snowman! (see more here: http://carnaval.qc.ca/en/)
So to participate in the festivities, I made my doll a toasty new hat. This style is sometimes called lumberjack or trapper hat. It’s most traditional made in plaid flannel with furry lining, but also looks good made to match your doll’s other winter gear. (Yes, in the pic she’s really on a mountain in CO, not at Carnaval, but I couldn’t find any public domain images to photoshop her into, so use your imagination!) 🙂
Pictured above is my new Maplelea, KMF10 renamed Mina. Several of you emailed/commented and said you had ordered a new Maplelea after my blog post about them being on Amazon and you’ll be happy to know more projects are coming for them! If you’re wavering, and need some “enabling”, their quality is the same, or maybe even a little better than AG, but the price is less! Also, their boxes are very robust and perfect for storage of a doll and many outfits, and instead of the AG access to a boring website you get with their modern dolls, with Maplelea you get a cute little journal in English and French that your child (or you) can fill out to help define the doll’s personality. You can see some pages from my doll’s journal here.
I also wanted to share this gorgeous Maru outfit made by Katy
(see the full post here: http://1960sgirl.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/fine-feathers-make-fine-maru/)
If you explore her blog, you’ll find she puts a lot of thought into choosing fabrics that match each doll’s coloring, meaning outfit and doll complement each other perfectly!