Monthly Archives: November 2015

Mid-century Madness

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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So I have to admit I was a little let down that not everyone loved the Prettie Girls as much as I did.  There will be patterns coming for them, just not a series. When the voting closed, a historical series had won, so I scrolled through all the blog survey responses and decided to do the 1770s and then was at Goodwill and found an AG, and really, no matter what condition it’s in, if you find an AG at a thrift store you buy her!  This one unfortunately seemed to have had her head/wig sprayed with perfume 😛 but was in otherwise good condition.  Her coloring reminded me of Chatty Cathy and I changed track completely and decided to do that as the historical series.  You can argue with me, as DH did, that the 60s are not “historical” but in my mind, if it happened before I was born, it falls into the category of history.  Long story involving vinegar, borax, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol, shampoo, laundry detergent, etc. short, the perfume smell seems to be there to stay, and after looking at countless Chatty Cathies (um…in the interests of researching their dresses, of course!) I ended up getting one, since “Stinky” is clearly not suitable to model all the things I’ve been making.

Right now you’re either saying “Chatty Who?” or “I had that doll when I was little!”  You can see a 1960 commercial showing the original dolls and their clothes here  and a documentary about them posted by Mattel here:

So get ready for several weeks (months?) of retro marvelousness!  The outfits that will appear are a mix of things based on Advance & McCall patterns, dresses commercially available for her and paperdolls.

Unless otherwise specified, these were drafted by me based on pictures of vintage outfits made to fit a modern AG.  After I got Cathy, I was pretty happy to find out she’s quite similar to a modern AG.

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22682501193_80a21377d9_zAs you can see, they can share clothes just fine!

Click here for this week’s pattern

A “Prettie” new Girl

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So there’s a new line of dolls called “Prettie Girls”.

Image credit: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/diverse-dolls-inspire-retailers-toy-change-article-1.2283279

Well, the line is not exactly new, there already was a series of dolls by that name that were basically Barbie-sized.  The line that’s new is the “tween” version, and what’s kind of exciting about them is:

  1.  There are 6 ethnically diverse versions of the doll to choose from
  2.  They’re designed by Tonner
  3. They have articulated 15.5″ bodies just like his old Little Miss Matched or Maudlynne
  4. Their hair is really nice and silky
  5. They’re under $25!

The one I chose was Lena (in the center).  You can see she’s a little taller and a lot slimmer than Paola Reinas or H4H.  In fact, her torso measurements are quite similar to Leann/Marley/Senson dolls.

Her measurements are below (in inches)

bust waist inseam arm btwn should neck-waist head Height
5.5 4.5 6.25 4.25 1.875 3 9 15.5

So now’s your chance to weigh in about her.  I’m thinking we need a short series and am debating between something historical or some coordinated pieces for the Prettie Girls.  What would you like?  Vote below!

The poll is closed.  The votes were:

Historical – 46%

Prettie Girls 34%

No series 18%

1950s and 60s dress patterns are here!

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Wow, this has taken a long time!  As you might be able to tell by the green grass in some of the pix, I started these over the summer.  And finally, now that it’s snowing this week there are TWO sets of dresses premiering.  All of them are historically accurate and based on outfits for girls from that time.

A 1960s collection sized for both AG and slim 16″-18″

(yes, including the new Girl for all Time, Sam!!)

Lots of mod styles and color-blocking to be found here!
This was a girl’s dress, but looks very much like a pink one made for Sashas…
AND

A 1950s collection sized for AG.

  It doesn’t say so in the etsy listing, but two of the dresses in this set (the blue flowered one and the pinafore dress) do include tested pattern pieces for slim 16″-18″.
This flowered one is my favorite
Or maybe this one…it’s hard to decide!
Click on any of the pix to go to the listings and see more!

And as always when I introduce collections, there’s a coupon code, just in time to get some patterns in anticipation of holiday sewing!  Use the code 20OFF20 from now until midnight Sunday to take 20% off any purchase of $20 or more.

On the blog survey one person asked for a 1930s outfit for Ellowyne based on the covers of Nancy Drew books.  That sounded like a fun project, but when I started looking at them it was hard to choose which one I liked the best.  If you were that person and have a specific dress in mind, could you please email me or leave a comment?  A pic would be super helpful.