No, it’s not Thursday or summer yet, 😉 but I’m not on schedule to finish this week’s outfit and get pix/pattern done in time and got a little sidetracked by brainstorming ideas for the summer sew-along. So there may not be a Thursday pattern post this week, but don’t worry, at least two more outfits from this series are on the way, just a little delayed!
If you’re new to this concept, the summer sew-along is a favorite of many here on the blog because it follows a theme, sometimes introduces new skills (like sewing with knits, making sandals) and sometimes also ends up with a coordinated wardrobe. People share their ideas on flickr and inspire each other to do more creative things. Speaking of the SSA on flickr, I went on today and found two recently posted pix made from patterns from last year and the year before!
This one was a bonus pattern from the knits sew-along two years ago if you completed all the weeks and posted pix of them – it looks gorgeous in this print by quickdrawannie modeled by Maplelea Saila :
And this perfectly piped one on Wellie Emerson by firstladycpm was from the sundress/sandal sew-along last year:
What will it be this year?
Even though you won’t see it until June or so, my planning and pattern drafting has to start now! I thought I had made up my mind after lucking into a HUGE stash of actual vintage Betsy McCall paperdolls and ads for original Betsy dolls. If you don’t know what they look like, you can see online versions here. It seemed like it would be fun to choose summer outfits representing different years from the paper dolls and make them for the Wellies/Toni, since that size seems to be a favorite at the moment. And THEN I saw Betsy’s bunny beach cover up (below left).
If you are around kids, you might know the animal “theme” is very popular at the moment in kids’ clothing, from hats to backpacks to hoodies with animal ears/dinosaur scales/bird beaks/etc. In fact, my Wellie owl cape is THE most-requested custom order ever, and even the Wellie Wisher Willa comes with little bunny ears. In the Japanese doll world, animal themes have been popular for quite some time too, (for example, on Blythe above right) and I just figured it had finally made its way into kids’ clothes, so to see Betsy’s bunny beach cover up from 1951 made me think it’s not just a trend, it’s a great idea that’s been around for a long while!
Since both options sound great to me, I’m going to leave it up to you readers. We’ll be using ~14” dolls as models, so Wellies, Hearts for Hearts, Toni, etc. will be able to wear these clothes.
Your summer sew-along choices are:
- Betsy McCall paper doll outfits from the 1950s (yes, one of the weeks would be that bunny one, the rest would be regular summer clothes like swimsuits, dresses, etc.) If I get super motivated, I might try to make Wellie paperdolls with the outfits, but no promises about that!
- Cute, modern animal-themed outfits & accessories like hoodies, bags, etc. This one could potentially have tips for sewing different types/weights of fabric, like fake fur
Please vote below – poll closes at the end of this week!