Happy Valentine’s Day!

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This week we complete the outfit with the blouse, which was based on the OG Fashion Fiesta Blouse.  

Get the pattern here!

It’s SOOO cute online, but of course it’s never in my Target to buy.  Aside from that, I’m not the biggest fan of fluorescent colors any more (haven’t been since about 5th grade) and I thought the look could be improved greatly by more intentional placement of the motifs.  The look of the original is exactly what it is – machine embroidered fabric, cut and sewn for a trendy, boho-type look.  If you want that look, the pre-made outfit is a great deal, it even comes with shoes and a bag!  I was going for something a little more traditional and hand-made looking, for timeless style that won’t go out with the boho trend.

I’ve included a graph for simplified motifs using hand cross stitch and you have a couple of options included in the pattern.  The easiest is to just complete the whole thing on coordinating 12ct cross stitch fabric and use that as your front bodice fabric.  Cross stitch is a great form of embroidery for kids to get familiar with handling a needle and thread, and it’s hard to have it come out looking terrible as long as they can count.  You might even consider doing the first half the stitches, so all the counting is correct and then helping the child do the second round to cross over them.

 If you’re really in a hurry, I also digitized a .pes design – the link is in the pattern.

Are you thinking the unusual yoke pattern is a great embroidery canvas?  Or a perfect use for a small piece of embroidered fabric?  Or eyelet?  Or an overlay of fancy lace/trim?  I agree!  The construction of this is similar to this dress: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/back-to-school-time-already/ so if you need more text explanations, it will be helpful.

13 responses »

  1. I love this project. I have cross stitched many projects and have used waste canvas on sweat shirts years ago. I already have been looking at little sock designs to cross stitch for the 18″ doll tee shirts. This motif will look great in any color! Love the doll too.

  2. Hi Jen! Thank you so much for the wonderful new Embroidered Blouse pattern for 18″ OG dolls. I really enjoy doing cross work, and I agree this is a great introductory cross work project for children the use along with a simple top sewing pattern for them as well. Many thanks and so glad you are back with us. God bless.

  3. Oh thank you for the pattern. This is perfect for several dolls. Loved reading last week’s comments. So many fun dolls and ideas mentioned.

  4. Thank You so much for the Fiesta Blouse Pattern, I kept looking to see if you were share it. i love it!! Thank You so much for the pattern! Teresa Flores Lopez

  5. Late to comment here, Jen, but had to come say thank you so much for this sweet blouse pattern and .pes file, which I WILL get time to play with (hopefully soon) once all our winter visitors have moved on to colder climates and we can finally stop having dark, cloudy, gloomy & much more than believable rain-filled days (and even snow) here in the desert SW! ;’)

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