I have a VERY special pattern for you today! It’s suited for intermediate seamstresses who live somewhere so hot they just want to close the curtains, crank up the AC and sew for a few hours. 😉 That’s actually not me…the weather has been really pleasant up here so far this summer aside from some hail and a few days in the upper 80s, and we’ve never had this much rain that I remember, so the wildflowers are just incredible.
OK, back to the dress! It’s shown above on a repro Nancy Famosa “Romántica” but the dress is inspired by Nancy “Caribe” from maybe 20 years ago (not sure – please comment if you know). I’m just in love with this new Nancy, who has a gorgeous warm brown skin tone and sparkling turquoise eyes (they photographed a little on the greener side here). Her hair feels softer than some of my other Nancys, so it may be they’ve used a different/higher quality hair for this one.
I know Nancy is not all that easy to find in the US, so before you start wondering who else it will fit…
Yep! Even though
they’re about 3” shorter, the Wellies have a very similar torso and arm to
Nancy and can wear this dress too! It
would be a precious little flower girl or first communion dress for them, or
use colored lace and a print fabric for a more modern/everyday look. The dress is ankle-length on Nancy, and floor
length on the Wellies, although changing the length on a rectangular skirt is
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Speaking of the Wellies, I got a number of emails asking if the mini Maru collection would fit them. I actually didn’t think so, but it turns out I was wrong! The raglan T sleeves are a little tight, but otherwise all of the shirts and dresses fit them just fine as you can see here:
So, summer’s been over for me for a
few weeks now, and it’s been a rough/busy start to the school year!
Even though (or maybe because?) the blog posts were less frequent, this summer was filled with all kinds of sewing and crafting. Over the summer, I set myself a challenge called “ANDED” (A new dress every day) for two weeks for a special new Effner/Boneka doll, and somehow got caught up in researching and learning new embroidery stitches/techniques from India.
I told myself these dresses would become blog posts, and I’d do a little series on embroidery, but it was just so much fun sewing I didn’t want to stop and take pix and write about it! 🙂 Anyway, she’s got some AMAZING new dresses and even some half-finished furniture piled in a box, and I’m hoping to get to those embroidery posts eventually. I also did a lot of sewing for my Petworks Usaggie, who welcomed some new bunny and cat companions, and then started a house project for all of them which also might appear here eventually.
pattern is from Dolly Dolly #20)
Non-doll-related crafts included
indigo dyeing and finally getting around to learning kumihimo on a marudai,
after years of doing it on foam discs.
Some decluttering happened in the craft room, and all my colored pencils
finally got organized into little drawers, which ended up being WAY better than
I even anticipated! In the past, I’d
often choose which brand to use for a project and get them all out of their
case onto the desk, then have to hunt through another brand’s box in
frustration when that one specific shade of pink wasn’t available and then
spend a long time reorganizing and cleaning everything up at the end. Having all the soft, compatible pencils I use
most (Coloursoft, Prisma, Polychromos, Pablo) organized in one place means it’s
so easy to just pull out all the drawers of one color and choose exactly the
one I need, and slide them back in when I’m done. Specialty pencils (like Derwent Inktense or
Graphitint) are still relegated to their original boxes, because they aren’t
easily interchangeable, but the boxes are easier to get to with all the other
pencils categorized together.
Messiness and creativity often DO go
hand in hand, but a clean, organized workspace can really put you in the right
frame of mind to be creative!
Another thing I thought would be a good idea and inspire summer crafting, but really hasn’t been worth even its discounted purchase price so far was a Cricut Maker. Their customer service is good when you have a problem, but the maker is not as foolproof as I’d like. I mean, a cutting machine that cuts into itself and doesn’t notice and stop immediately? Yeah, that happened. Also cutting in the wrong spot and wasting my materials. Grr. Cleaning up the sticky mat afterwards is not a lot of fun either, and then there’s the annoying software which is web-based but for some reason keeps needing to install updates on my computer. Anyway, I used it because I wanted some precise cuts on these sandals and was pretty pleased with the results.
Obviously, you can cut perfect rectangles with a rotary cutter and ruler, but the precision of the scallops and soles on these sandals really delighted me. My final step in shoemaking is usually trimming/sanding the soles so they all line up perfectly and it wasn’t necessary this time! Tip: I used faux leather that had a shiny side and a fabric backing (check the upholstery or costume sections at the fabric store) with the shiny side down to help with cleanup. The regular (fine point) blade worked fine with the super grip mat and the material set to bonded outdoor vinyl. In the close-up pix, you can see some raggedy edges of the fabric backing of the vinyl. If that bothers you, make sure to choose vinyl with a non-fray type of backing that looks like felt or knit.
with instructions and a printable pattern you can cut out with scissors. These sandals were for my Nancy Famosa (reedición) but the fit is forgiving since they’re sandals. They could potentially work for any doll with a similar or even a little larger size foot like Animators/Sasha/AGAT. If you’re cutting out by hand, it’s very easy to adapt the sole to fit your favorite doll.
I *think* you should be able to access the cricut version of the project with the link below. Make sure the long ankle strap measures 4″.