We had this 3’ pile of snow outside our front door that had been there since mid-January. In March, it started melting little by little and last Tuesday it was about 70 degrees and it finally went away completely! If you’re thinking that’s a great reason to make a cute little spring dress and photograph it outside, you don’t know the mountains of CO! The very next day we got 8” of fresh snow dumped on us. So I pulled out this coat pattern I made for my Paola Reinas back in 2015 (yes, there are SOOO many things on my hard drive that haven’t made it to the blog yet!) and resized it for my new doll, Milena (see below). By the time I was ready to take the pix, most of the snow was melting away, so it did end up looking Spring-y.
If you’re wondering, the new-to-the-blog doll is a Natterer/Petitcollin Starlette named Milena. I didn’t have time for comparison pix, but she’s very similar to Sasha with longer legs. The coat is a great fit on other 16” dolls too, like the lovely AGAT Elinor above.
This coat is inspired by sheepskin coats worn in parts of Poland, Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe. I say inspired, but not traditional, because this one has a princess cut rather than the separate skirt and back gathers you can see on close-up pix. Its flowers welcome spring, but the felt and fleece keep your doll warm when “Spring” means “still pretty icy, raw ‘n’ glacial.” 😊 The embroidery design is generically European, but the color scheme is taken from the Polish Haft Kaszubski (Kashubian embroidery). If you’re a fast seamstress, you could use pastel colors to make a really cute Easter coat to tuck into that special basket this weekend!
Shortened, it makes a great 1970s or boho-style coat for AG Julie or Sasha! You can easily paint the design or use fabric markers if you don’t have time to embroider.
Want the machine embroidery files? They’re here and include a 16″ size that works for 16-18″ dolls and a resized smaller version pictured on Paola Reina for 12-14″ dolls.
The following images are for your inspiration from : http://lamus-dworski.blogspot.com/2014/10/bigoraj-costume-guide-to-polish-folk.html (scroll down to the bottom to see)
See some more inspiration here:
I know you’re excited for the summer sew-along…me too! We’ll be starting in a few weeks and you won’t even need to buy a new doll for it unless you want to 😉