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This is Scrump…

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“This is Scrump.  I made her!  But her head is too big, so I pretend a bug laid eggs in her ear and she’s upset because she only has a few more days to…” (From the Lilo and Stitch movie – here’s a youtube link to the scene)  I had not seen the movie until recently and found it pretty cute…and then of course the animator Lilo doll had to come live with us!  🙂

Does your Lilo need a Scrump?  The one she comes with is fine for a child to play with, but an adult collector might prefer something a little more detailed to display with her.  Lilo says she made hers in the movie, but this pattern is a challenge, even for an adult at such a tiny scale, so don’t attempt it unless you have experience making tiny plushies and some patience!

Get the pattern here

I was too busy cleaning today to get the rest of the pix for this post up, but I found an adorable cross stitch pattern on the Disney Family site:  https://family.disney.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Disney-Family_Lilo_Stitch_Cross-Stitch-Pattern.pdf  and put Stitch’s head onto a T-shirt for Lilo using last week’s dress pattern.  It’s super cute…and will hopefully appear next week!

A new dress for Lilo!

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I’ll spare you a long story and just say I got some Disney animator dolls, and my favorite among them right now is Lilo.  She’s really cute, and like all of them, has an OK price to quality ratio, by which I mean she was inexpensive, but her hair/clothing/accessory quality leave a lot to be desired, especially if you know how to sew and can see where corners were cut during construction.  She came in a cute, simple red dress with a leaf print, but the inside was not finished at all.  That’s no big deal with a tightly-woven fabric, but this is synthetic and fraying already, and the hems are only turned once.  I feel like they could have heat-sealed the fabric at least if they weren’t going to serge it together, but can’t complain too much, since I got the doll on sale for $22.

If you’re reading this blog, I’m reasonably sure you know how to sew too, so here is a pattern for you to make your Lilo (or any other animator doll) a better dress!  It’s fast and easy, just the thing to help you recover from all those pleats in the summer sew-along! 😊 Leave off the sleeves to make her yellow/green dress from the movie or experiment with the suggested cutting lines to make all kinds of variations.  For many kids, having different clothing for their dolls adds a HUGE amount to their play value.  I’ve commented before that sometimes props/outfits can spark the imagination, and while it’s perfectly fine for kids to practice structuring a narrative by acting out a movie with their dolls, it’s even better to come up with their own stories/ideas/adventures!

Get the pattern here

This dress would be a fantastic canvas to stencil Hawaiian motifs like these which are available as a font here: http://www.pickafont.com/fontauthor/pokelele

More info about stenciling with freezer paper and maybe making a quilt for your Lilo here:

https://jenwrenne.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/stenciled-tea-dress.pdf

https://jenwrenne.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/nanea-quilt.pdf

Don’t have an animator doll?  I grabbed a flyer at the store that said there’s going to be a sale July 12-16 that you can get 25% off with coupon code 102PE50462500 which would make the dolls about $20.  (I have no affiliation or financial interest in this, just trying to help you save a few dollars if you want!)

Speaking of easy alterations, if you already have the Island sewing pattern set you can copy the AG version of the muumuu at 80% to fit Lilo!  Before you go skipping gleefully down to the copy shop with all your AG patterns in hand though, note that their body shapes are different, so it won’t work with everything, especially pants, fitted bodices and possibly sleeves. Also note that the earlier editions of the Animators are smaller in the torso too, so if that’s who you’re using it for, you should close the back with an overlap.  More about resizing and what fits them in a future post!

If you don’t have the Island pattern set and just want the muumuu pattern by itself, I’ve put it in a separate listing on etsy here which includes the original 14″ (Wellie) and 18″ (AG) and the resized 16″ pieces to make the dress Lilo is wearing in the pic above.

To reiterate…this is the same pattern that comes in the Island sewing pattern set with the addition of extra pattern pieces for 16″ dolls.

One more addition to the sew-along…

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If you were looking for something for your dolls to do while wearing their Rainy Day dresses, I have something you’re going to love!  Anna Sobolesky drew a set of paperdolls for dolls (it doesn’t get any cuter than that!) based on all the summer sew-along outfits.  She sent them to me and agreed to share them with you too.  Here is a pic of her doll cutting them out:

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You can download the paperdoll here.  

Notes from Anna: “I recommend cardstock or a similar medium weight paper, and small, sharp scissors or maybe an exacto knife.  I keep some pointy little scissors on hand for this sort of work.”

If you missed any of the patterns from the sew-along, or would like them in both AG and AGAT size, they are all on etsy now, including the Rainy Day dress.

I bet you want to know what’s coming next on the blog…me too!   I’m sort of adrift right now on a sea of ideas, but the wind isn’t strong enough to push my boat very far in any one direction.  That’s my metaphoric way of saying, “Wow, you would not believe how many different dolls in half-finished garments are cluttering up the craft room/kitchen table right now!”  🙂

Summer sew-along bonus pattern reminder

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This dress will be the bonus pattern for summer sew-along!

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To get the final bonus pattern:

Step 1: post pic of everything you made here:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/

Step 2: enter your email and all links to your pics here by June 24:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevoGKl3vjEQH7Hnnm-xkCwfH5vaqSIUTa_U4I11PR0WhgF4A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Step 3:  Receive your accessory pattern by email on Monday

 

CORRECTION!

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Here is the corrected collar piece for the rainy day dress, the whole pattern will be up for another day too.  I seriously checked the final version not once but TWICE and still the wrong piece got pasted in.  Note to self:  do not ever again try to do an intense summer sew along and have house guests and demonstrate at a wool market all in one week.  Thank you so much to Juliette for bringing this to my attention!

fixed agat collar piece for rainy day dress

Summer sew along final week!

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Good morning and welcome to the last week of the summer sew-along!

Today is the last day to get in your submissions for the Boating Dress to get the free accessory pattern!  If you missed the pattern it’s available now on etsy here

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Yes, that’s the new AGAT Elinor, isn’t she stunning?   It was a looooong wait but worth it, I decided after a quick photo shoot this morning.  I was thrilled to find she is pretty in real life AND photographs really well too.  For me, one major key for good doll photos is eye placement and how well the eyes seem to “look” into the camera at you.  In the photo above I had an assistant holding up a big piece of batiste to block the intense sun where it hit her, but in the one below she was just in the shade:

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The hat she’s wearing is the accessory pattern for this week if you get your boating dress pic posted!

 How do you get the accessory pattern?

If you did everything correctly and did not get the accessory pattern, please check your junk/spam folder!  For some reason, last week’s pattern went to multiple peoples’ junk folders.

This week’s dress was titled “Rainy Day” because I intended to have the dolls set up inside doing rainy day activities like reading, cutting out paper dolls, etc.  Well, I got too busy with summer visitors and didn’t get that done, plus our weather has been the opposite of that – incredibly sunny and dry/dusty/pine pollen-y both inside and outside.  It’s really disheartening to clean off a flat surface and come back 24 hours later and have a noticeable new layer of dust and pine pollen…or maybe it’s just a good reason to stop dusting for a week or two until this is over! 😉
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Get the pattern here today only

This dress will be a challenge, with multiple types of pleats including a curved one!  It’s from Pictorial Review in 1911.  The magazine, like many of the time (Delineator, Ladies’ Home Journal, etc.) also published patterns that got advertised in their magazine.  Some had paper dolls either for fun or with associated advertising or sewing patterns, so kids could use the paper dolls as-is or mom could purchase patterns to make the dresses.  If you’re familiar with Dolly Dingle, who later advertised soup, she was the Pictorial Review doll starting in 1913, and some popular ones from Ladies’ Home Journal included Lettie Lane and Daisy, who was an actual doll but could have been cut out as paper dolls too.

Have you been sewing along every week?  If you’ve made ALL the patterns each week and submitted pix of them you’re eligible to get the bonus pattern!  Yes, if you missed a week here or there, and got the patterns on Etsy you can still submit pix of everything by the end to get the bonus pattern.

I extended the due date for all the final submissions to June 24 to give you a few extra days.  Put all your links (or link to one pic with everything) in here by Sunday night and the free bonus dress pattern will be emailed to you Monday morning.  If you do not post your pix and put the links in the form, you will NOT get the bonus pattern, no exceptions!

Please note this is a new google form for the final submission – you don’t need to submit the links for the final dress on the old one too!

To get the final bonus pattern:

Step 1: post pic of what you made here:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/

Step 2: enter your email and all links to your pics here by June 24:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevoGKl3vjEQH7Hnnm-xkCwfH5vaqSIUTa_U4I11PR0WhgF4A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Step 3:  Receive your accessory pattern by email on Monday

Summer sew along week 4!

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Reminder: Today is the last day to get your entries in for last week’s seaside costume and the accessory pattern (shoes) will be emailed tomorrow.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for the links!

Wow, are we already a month into this?  It has been one of the most stressful sew alongs for me because of the resizing and accessory patterns – kind of  like getting 3 blog posts done every week!  It’s been probably the most challenging sewing-wise too, and I’m thrilled to see what everyone has done!  I’m not linking here, because last week when I put in tons of pix from Flickr it somehow tripped a spam filter and wordpress took the blog offline.  Wow, that was terrifying!! So, I’ll just direct you here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/ to see all the exquisite work everyone has done!

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The Ramble pattern is ready now in both sizes here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/605283664/edwardian-ramble-sewing-pattern-for-16?ref=listing_published_alert

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The seaside pattern is now available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/619125021/edwardian-seaside-sewing-pattern-for-16?ref=listing_published_alert

And continuing with water-related outfits, we have a sailor (or not) dress this week:

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Get the pattern here today only

 

To participate in the sew-along: