Nanea’s ruffled dress

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Wow!  So many people are in love with Nanea and LOTS of you bought the new collection of patterns, which makes me think, “People want more for Nanea!” 🙂  But if you went to the AG store (in Denver anyway) this weekend they were out of pretty much everything for Nanea except her PJs, fishing set, swimsuit and bed.  So, in case one of the things you wanted but couldn’t buy was her school dress, here you go:

Download Nanea’s ruffled dress pattern here

Oh wow…scary encounter shortly after this pic was taken!  After packing up all our gear, we walked about 10 feet away from this spot where we encountered a RATTLESNAKE!  I shrieked and ran, DH stood where he was and pulled the camera back out.  I’m nice enough to spare you those pix though 🙂

 

 

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Komo mai, Nanea!

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I haven’t been this excited about the release of a new AG since Cecile!  What a gorgeous new face mold with pretty green eyes and beautiful, flowing hair.  The original AG pictures of Nanea were released in February I think, and her face looked very much like Ashlyn’s to me, so I got her in the hopes she could be a little sister and started drafting patterns which were then resized to fit Nanea.

The result was this new  big sis/little sis “1940s Island Collection”.

In contrast to my previous 1940s collection, which had clothes for all seasons, this one includes all warm-weather clothes with an authentic looking muumuu and really neat, historically-correct bathing-suit-lined dress.  Nanea and Ashlyn are so sisterly looking it was tons of fun to set up scenes from a different point of view.

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Generally, I’m just trying to show the outfits to their best advantage, but for this collection I actually found/bought/made some accessories and thought the pictures through, trying to tell a story or emphasize a relationship of two sisters with some of them, rather than my standard (unwritten) caption of, “Look how cute this doll/dress is!”  No, I haven’t read Nanea’s book yet, so I don’t actually know if she even has a little sister; I’m saving it as my reward for finishing everything on my blog to-do list. 🙂

You can get the whole Island Collection now on Etsy and guess what?  I signed my shop up for their labor day sale which starts today and runs through Monday.  EVERYTHING in the shop is 20% off during the sale with no minimum purchase!  Because the Island Collection just got added, for some reason it’s not showing up with a discount in the sale, so I’ve lowered it to $20 for this weekend as its sale price.  After that it will be $25.

As you might have guessed, the next few weeks will focus on Nanea with sewing projects and crafts.  The first of them is this ukulele.  Soon to follow are (in no particular order) a Hawaiian quilt, a few dresses, quick-to-make leis, maybe some polymer clay food and printables.  Have another great suggestion?  Post a comment!

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Get the ukulele pattern here

A Lottie Wardrobe

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Lots of Lottie goodies this week!

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First of all, a “housing your Lottie” guide is here

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A free pattern for cute and easy felt clothes is here

And finally, a set of basic patterns to make a variety of play and dress clothes for Lottie is here

 

And your last SSA reminder:  If you missed the first deadline, you can enter until July 31 on this form and you will get your Nosy pattern Aug 1.

Felt friends for Lottie

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The summer sew-along is technically over, but if you’re back from vacation and lamenting that you missed it or want something to sew that’s a little bigger than Lottie stuff, remember if you missed the first deadline, you can enter until July 31 on this form and you will get your Nosy pattern Aug 1.  Here’s some inspiration for you:

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Unicorn beach coverup by KB

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This is by quickdrawannie whose dolls are getting ready for fall already (eek!) 

See lots more here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/pool/with/35067825904/

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One of the reasons I bought forest friend Lottie was her cute packaging, but sadly, she didn’t come with as many fun accessories as my other Lotties.  Given her name, she clearly needed some “forest friends” so I created a few from felt, using the artwork on her packaging as inspiration.  After that, my other Lotties begged for their own friends too!  If you’re looking for a project to use to help you teach hand sewing to a child, this is a great choice since they require only one type of stitch, and can be made quickly from small scraps of felt.

Get the pattern here

Felt fun with Lottie!

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If your kids have hit that summer slump and you’re looking for something fun to craft with them, you’re going to be happy with these projects!  The Lottie line (which also now includes 2 boys, Finn and Sammi ) is great as summer doll because they’re small and light, which means they travel well (mine went to Korea!) and being all hard plastic they’re durable enough for the beach/camping/etc.

You might recall a few weeks ago I mentioned my Forest Friend Lottie was pretty lacking in the outfit/accessory department compared to the rest of them, so I started making some little stuffed forest friends for her based on the pictures from her packaging.  That idea expanded into a versatile little owl who can be used as a sleeping bag or carrying pouch for up to two Lotties at a time, or one Lottie and some felty friends coming next week!

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This is a great project to do with a child, and the instructions note which parts can be hand sewed and which are best on a machine.  If the child has some sewing experience and is patient enough, the whole thing could be done by hand, and an experienced seamstress with lots of wool felt and embroidery floss could turn this into a work of art!

Download it here

 

Welcome Su-Jin!

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If you finished the sew-along and posted all your pix on flickr, congratulations!  Your dachshund pattern will be emailed out today.  If you need more time to complete all the outfits, please see last week’s post for info on how to do that!

You’re surely aware of AG’s newest modern doll, “Z”.  We went to the AG store the weekend she launched, but I couldn’t bring myself to get her when the only difference between her and “the doll formerly known as Violet” was a beauty mark and slightly longer hair.  A big surprise was that they were selling Z’s sparkly shoes separately, so I snapped those up and also got her camera equipment.  The plan was to also get her book, read it, and use “the doll formerly known as Violet” as “Z”.  Can you believe the books were sold out?   Maybe others had the same idea…  So anyway, I read the beginning of it on amazon and decided…meh, not worth $10, I’d rather invent my own story, although I like the outfits/accessories they came up with for Z and decided to do something similar for my doll.

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“The doll formerly known as Violet” has been renamed “Su Jin” (수 진) and is Korean-American.  I wanted to emphasize a little more of her heritage in my doll and started a storyline/journal which will most likely not appear here.  One of my secret vices is that I LOVE K-dramas.  Unlike American shows or telenovelas that a) drag on forever until you lose interest and b) make your head spin trying to keep up with who’s cheating on whom, K-dramas are refreshing.  They have a limited number of episodes, so the story usually follows a coherent plot line, and many of the ones I’ve seen are suitable for family viewing, assuming younger viewers either speak Korean or can read fast enough to deal with subtitles.  There’s also a sub-genre of historical ones with amazing costumes and what I used to think were incredible sets.  What we realized in Korea is that the historical dramas are often filmed in actual historical locations and many times, there are posters/information about which dramas were filmed where.  I started watching a new-to-me one (Gu Family Book) after coming home and thought, “Hmm…I swear we have a picture of that building.”  Sure enough, we did!  It was partly filmed at the Korean Folk Village, which also happens to be one of my favorite places we visited. 😊 http://www.koreanfolk.co.kr/multi/english/

This post was originally going to appear with one pattern a day, but the thought of doing a post every day and breaking all of this up into multiple pdfs seemed like it might be annoying to link back to find things later, so here is one MEGA post with an entire mix/match wardrobe.  As you’ll see in the pix, it makes a perfect capsule/travel wardrobe and should be more than enough to keep you busy all week!  Enjoy!

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Download it here

SSA Week 5

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Every time I’m gone for a while the posts are long.  Just scroll past the text to the bottom for the pattern if you’d like! 🙂

I wish you could all have seen the smile on my face this morning as I went through the flickr page and saw what everyone had made!  I started pasting some of my favorites here and then there were too many, but I did want to share this pic from Sylvie:

because when I told my mom I was taking Lottie to Korea, she said, “Oh I think you should take that other cute little one you have instead…what’s her name?  Ten Ping?  She looks more like she could be Korean”   I totally agree, but if you’ve priced both dolls recently you’ll understand why Lottie got to come with 😊  Although they’re similar in height, Ten Ping is wider, more like a vintage Ginny, whereas Lottie is more like a Tiny Betsy:

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L-R:  Ruby red Gigi, vintage 1950s Ginny, 1980s Ginny, vintage Tiny Betsy, Lottie (Karate)

See the vintage cuties in the photo above?  They’re the reason the sew-along patterns are going to stay posted (rather than reappearing in my etsy shop) and you’ll have an unprecedented EXTRA MONTH to get your sewing done because I’m feeling generous due to generosity toward me.  Here’s the deal:  If you’ve been sewing along and posting your pix here you can enter your links to your photos by July 5 here and get a free pattern for Betsy’s dog, Nosy, which will be sent out July 6.

If you miss that deadline, you can enter until July 31 on this form and you will get your Nosy pattern Aug 1.

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Lottie had a great time in Korea, although there were many dangerous creatures that tried to eat her…

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and some that she made friends with.

See more of Lottie in Korea here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskY4QTr9

And now the part you scrolled down for:

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Get the pattern here

Also, my mid-century furniture/accessory project didn’t appear last week, so here it is:

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It’s a chair based on a McCall’s pattern for Ginny/Tiny Betsy but enlarged and adapted to fit 14″-15″ dolls.

Get the chair pattern here

Pattern for Nosy is available to those that complete the summer sew-along.  Here’s how:

  1. Post your pix here
  2. Enter your links to your photos by July 5 here and get a free pattern for Betsy’s dog, Nosy, which will be sent out July 6.

 

Now that the sew-along is over what will be appearing?

(Don’t read if you prefer surprises) 🙂

Cuteness!  Different sizes!  Since I took May off from blogging (but not sewing) there’s a bit of a backlog that may appear as a post a day of mix/match patterns in AG size that you will love!  After that, there are some totally adorable felt Lottie accessory projects, (definitely appearing) followed (almost certainly) by Lottie clothes and then I’m toying with several ideas for an easy (maybe foam core?) house for 8” dolls since that is a sadly neglected scale.  The only issue there is what style could suit all my dolls of that size from the Lotties with their different interests, (Fairy? Hanok? Science lab? Tent? Hogwarts?) to Betsy and Ginny, who’d clearly prefer a mid-century one with their original McCall’s cardboard/fabric furniture.  That will take us about up to August and back to school/work and feverishly working on a new pattern collection.  If you’re like me and counting down the days until August 24, (56 more days!) you might be able to guess what the next collection will be!