Time for true confessions…I took the whole month of May off from blogging to deal with “work-work” and also work on the SSA. During that time I managed to complete a bunch of stuff for a new AG series, some super cute patterns for Lottie and drafted (but didn’t sew) 3 dresses for the SSA. Then, in a panic, I finished 2 SSA outfits today! 🙂
Based on your votes, this year’s summer sew-along will be 1950s dresses for Wellie Wishers inspired by Betsy McCall paperdolls. Being gone for so long, I have about a million things to say, but am running out of time, so will just quickly post this and get to the rest later.
The good news is our “Betsy paper doll” SSA will run the whole month of June this year, starting on the first! The good/bad news is I won’t be here for all of it. This year, for the first time in more than 10 years we’re actually taking a vacation! Yay! So, I’m setting up automated posts to appear for the two weeks I’ll be gone, but won’t be able to see your flickr pix or respond to comments and my etsy shop will be closed during that time too. This year, I’ve also hoping to have a 1950s-style craft associated with each week that might anything from a simple papercraft to a woodworking project.
Are you new to the concept of the summer sew-along? Here’s how it works: You sew along with each week’s project and post your pix on flickr here:
If you finish all the weeks you can get a bonus sewing pattern, which this year will be for Betsy’s dog, Nosy sized to be a companion for 14” dolls, or maybe a mini dachshund for 18” dolls. I did finish him already and he’s super cute!
Ready to get started?
Note: you will want to use thin fabric like batiste/muslin weight if you’re doing the ruched sides! (Thank you, Sophie!)
Here is this week’s craft project (an entire doll-sized magazine full of Betsy paperdolls!) and here’s how to fold it