Congrats to more than a hundred people who successfully completed the summer sew-along this year!! You can see everyone’s beautiful work here and if you didn’t participate, you can get all the patterns here.
You can post anything you’ve made from my patterns in it. And to encourage you to post, I have a challenge for you AND some tips for better doll photos.
Paola Reina’s las amigas have a collection of dolls in gorgeous dresses called “época” (pic above from their site) that are based on a mid-1700s pattern. Their dresses have the hallmarks of this period, including a tightly fitted bodice with a fake stomacher done as a contrasting center, straight, elbow-length sleeves ending in big flounces, and wide skirts with a contrast center. If you lived back then, depending on your socio-economic status, a lot of your dresses would be basically of this cut but more or less elaborate in fabric and decoration. Since this WAS the rococo period, overflowing with decoration of every kind, and these dolls are small enough to not require too much fabric or trim, I thought it might be fun to see how decorative we can get! Lace, embroidery, brocade, ribbons, ruffles…
(it’s not a contest, just a challenge for fun!)
I also put together a highly opinionated guide:
I said it’s opinionated! So as you read the guide, remember I’m trying to be helpful, not judging your photos! If you look back at my early blog doll pix and the first pix in the guide, you’ll see I used to do most of the things that I’m now telling you NOT to do. After taking thousands of doll pix I’ve become more aware of what makes them better, and you can just read the guide and skip the taking of a thousand pictures to improve yours. No, you don’t even need a fancy camera! I looked at one of the sew along pix and thought, hmmm, she did a nice job on that, let me just scroll down and see what kind of camera she used…it was an iPhone!
Something new is coming for Ten Ping next week and there are so many other things half-finished I can’t predict which ones will appear here unless I open a factory and hire people to finish them! 🙂